Every vehicle new to Australia must meet minimum safety standards that maintain the safest possible environment for all road users and our community.
Publications in the Vehicle Standards bulletin (VSB) series provide information on the design, manufacture, sale, modification, maintenance, import and repair of road vehicles.
The Australian Design Rules set standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions for new road vehicles, whether manufactured in Australia or imported as new or second hand vehicles.
These circulars provide guidance and information on the administrative arrangements covering the policy and procedures supporting the vehicle certification process.
The Department assists the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in monitoring road vehicle recalls. This includes considering the need for a recall, monitoring the progresses of announced recalls and providing advice to the ACCC and suppliers conducting a recall. This page provides information for consumers, manufactures and suppliers in relation to the Department’s involvement in road vehicle recalls.
Reports of safety issues or non-compliance with Motor Vehicle Standards legislation assist the Department in effectively targeting ongoing compliance activities. This page provides information regarding the types of safety issues or matters of non-compliance that the Department may investigate, and how to submit a report.
The Australian Government has announced the reform of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989. The reforms will deliver modernised legislation to increase community and environmental safety, provide greater choice for consumers, and remove unnecessary red tape on businesses.
The department is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Motor Vehicles Standards Act 1989.
This page provides information about eligibility of motor vehicles for entry onto the register. You can also download an application form from here.
This Scheme was designed to provide uniform charges and operating conditions for heavy vehicles engaged solely in interstate operations.
Regulator Performance Framework
The Australian Government is committed to reducing the cost of unnecessary or inefficient regulation imposed on individuals, business and community organisations.
A Regulator Performance Framework was developed in late 2014 to support Australian Government regulators to measure and improve their performance.
During 1 July 2015-30 June 2016 the Department undertook an assessment of achievement against the Regulator Performance Framework indicators. See the following assessment report for the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989.
- Regulator Self-Assessment– Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 PDF: 525 KB