Reform of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989

What's new

Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles

The reforms to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 announced by the Australian Government on 10 February 2016, included changes to the processes for determining eligibility for concessional importation of specialist and enthusiast vehicles—with the intent to more closely align eligible vehicles with genuine specialist and enthusiast demand.

The Australian Government is now considering the detailed thresholds in which a vehicle type would be assessed against under each of the Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle eligibility criteria.

The thresholds proposed by the Australian Government can be found in the fact sheet below:

Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle Eligibility Thresholds PDF: 192 KB ReadSpeaker

The Australian Government welcomes any feedback on the proposed thresholds by COB Monday 31 October 2016.

Please direct your feedback to

Australian Privacy Principle 5 (APP5) Notice

Your feedback, including any personal information supplied, is being collected by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for the purpose of informing the Government's position on the specialist and enthusiast vehicle criteria thresholds, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act).

The Department will use this information to assist in finalising the specialist and enthusiast vehicle eligibility criteria thresholds.

Your personal information will be stored securely by the Department and in accordance with the Privacy Act. It may be used by the Department to contact you further about the consultation process. Your personal information will not be disclosed to third parties.

The Department's on-line privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the Department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on (02) 6274 6495.

Following the announcement of the reforms the Australian Government has conducted a number of consultation sessions with key stakeholders.

The sessions have been used to brief representatives of industry and the community on the details of the reform package. Stakeholder groups briefed have included:

  • Consumer groups and non-regulated industry representatives (15 March 2016);
  • Vehicle manufacturers (22 March 2016);
  • Registered Automotive Workshops and New Low Volume manufacturers (31 March 2016);
  • Caravan manufacturers (14 April 2016); and
  • Trailer Manufacturers 28 April 2016.

What are the reforms?

The Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (the Act) controls the safety, environmental and anti-theft performance of all vehicles entering the Australian market for the first time—both new and used.

The reform of the Act will reduce regulatory compliance costs to business by more than $70 million a year and provide the Australian public with greater choice and competition in the vehicle market. The reforms will improve access to specialist and enthusiast vehicles, allow for the personal importation of new vehicles, and ensure that Australia's vehicle fleet continues to offer world-leading standards in community and environmental safety.

For further information on the reforms, please refer to the Info Sheets below.

Info sheets

Other key documents


Legislation is currently being drafted for introduction into Parliament.The reforms will commence 12 months after the passage of legislation, with a transition period to enable businesses to adapt to new arrangements. The personal new vehicle imports scheme will commence in 2018.

The Australian Government will amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to remove the $12 000 special duty on imported used vehicles from 2018.

Further information

This webpage will be updated with additional information on the reforms to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 as it is made available.


Last Updated: 7 October, 2016