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.

Info sheets

Other key documents


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.

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: 15 February, 2016