Reform of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989
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.
- Overview Brochure PDF: 399 KB
- Info Sheet 1: Full Volume New Vehicles PDF: 209 KB
- Info Sheet 2: Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles PDF: 237 KB
- Info Sheet 3: Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme (RAWS) PDF: 242 KB
- Info Sheet 4: Concessional Schemes PDF: 237 KB
- Info Sheet 5: Personal New Imports PDF: 252 KB
- Info Sheet 6: Economic Benefits PDF: 172 KB
- Questions and Answers PDF: 496 KB
Other key documents
- 16 April 2015: Media release announcing the proposal to reform the Act
Legislation will be introduced to Parliament as soon as possible and 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 also amend the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to remove the $12 000 special duty on imported used vehicles from 2018.
This webpage will be updated with additional information on the reforms to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 as it is made available.