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Asbestos in Vehicles

The importation of asbestos into Australia is prohibited. An Australia-wide ban on the manufacture and use of all types of asbestos and Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) took effect on 31 December 2003. Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws in all states and territories prohibit the supply, transport, use, or handling of asbestos unless an exception or exemption applies.

Vehicles that were not specifically manufactured for the Australian market might be considered at risk of containing asbestos. You are responsible for ensuring your vehicle does not contain any asbestos before you or your supplier ship it to Australia. Common high risk parts and components include gaskets, brake pads, seals and clutch linings and may be more likely to be present in older vehicles.

Where your vehicle is deemed a risk of containing asbestos, the Australian Border Force will require assurances that high-risk parts or components do not contain asbestos. If adequate assurance is not provided, you will face delays and be responsible for costs incurred when the vehicle is held at the border for the purposes of sampling and testing. More information can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection asbestos webpage.

Fast tracking applications

The Department assesses applications in the date order they are received. This ensures a fair and transparent decision making process for all applicants. The Department does not offer a fast track service or expedite applications.

Applications not appearing in the Client Portal

Generally, a user can view past and/or current applications in the Client Portal for up to 12 months. However, many users have reported that no applications, including current active applications are appearing in their portal. Please note this is a known IT issue and is being investigated. The Department will assess an application that has been lodged and payment received even though it may not appear in the Client Portal.

Payment information

You may notice that ‘DITR’ appears as the payment reference on your bank statement.  ‘DITR’ is an abbreviation for the ‘Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’.  Vehicle Imports sits within this government department.

Payment options are set out in the application form (Credit card (visa or mastercard only) for online payments. Cheque or money order in Australian dollars from an Australian financial institution are accepted for manual payments).

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Last Updated: 20 April, 2017