What's new?

A new online system for vehicle imports

The Department is developing a new online system for processing vehicle import applications and issuing vehicle import decisions. Through a new online client portal, the new system will streamline the process of submitting applications and receiving decisions. The system is scheduled to be released shortly—our website will be updated with the date the system will be available. If you would like to be notified of the commencement date by email, please subscribe to our bulletin service by emailing us at vehicleregulatorysystems@infrastructure.gov.au with subject: Please subscribe this address.

Further information on the new system:

…more client bulletins

For information on how to import a vehicle, please contact the Department at vimports@infrastructure.gov.au

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).


The Vehicle Imports Services Team will be available to assist applicants with the Online Application Form and can provide some technical support in relation to the online form. However if the issue is with the individual's service provider or system you will need to follow this up with your own provider. Please contact the Vehicle Imports Services Team on 1800 815 272 and select 2 at the prompt or for calls out of Australia + 61 2 6274 7444 during AEST 9.00am–5.00pm Monday–Thursday or 9.00am–4.00pm on Friday.

Current Processing Timeframe

A completed application for a Vehicle Import Approval, with all the necessary supporting documentation, will generally be assessed by the Department within 20 working days of receipt. Note that this is a service target and in peak periods it may not be met. If any further information or clarification is required, or if the necessary supporting documentation is not initially provided or if the original application is incomplete, this process will take longer.


Last Updated: 30 March, 2016