2016 to 2017 reform process prior to exposure draft of Bills
Personal New Imports Change
The Australian Government will introduce legislation into Parliament this year to implement the reforms to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989. After further detailed work on implementation arrangements, the Australian Government has decided not to proceed with the proposal to allow for individuals to personally import new vehicles from countries with comparable vehicle to standards to Australia (eg UK and Japan).
That work has highlighted the cost and complexity of providing appropriate consumer awareness and protection arrangements. When weighing these up against the modest benefits—including price reductions estimated to be less than 2 per cent across the market—the Government has concluded that the benefits do not justify the cost and complexity of this particular change.
However, the Government will strengthen community protection by mirroring the safety recalls provisions from the Australian Consumer Law to apply specifically to road vehicles in the new Road Vehicle Standards legislation. This means vehicle recalls will apply to all road vehicles sold in Australia, whether private or commercial, and apply to any non-compliance with Australian design standards—not just safety.
Following consultation with police agencies, the Government will move to require secure vehicle identification marking on new vehicles. This requirement will provide a significant deterrent to motor vehicle theft for re-birthing.
Further, the package of reforms will provide increased consumer choice including by streamlining and improving the existing pathways for importing specialist and enthusiast vehicles. Over recent months, the Government has consulted extensively concerning the detail of the new specialist and enthusiast vehicle criteria. The criteria can be found in the link below.
Reduced Vehicle Import Restrictions Cost Benefit Analysis
As part of the 2014 Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (the Act), the Australian Government engaged Castalia Strategic Advisors to evaluate the cost and benefits relating to the potential relaxation of the current vehicle import policy settings.
The first report focuses on the economic opportunities from reducing the current restrictions on the importation of used vehicles.
The second report further refines the work of the first report and focuses on the economic opportunities for consumers to personally import vehicles from the UK or Japan—as both countries have comparable vehicle standards to Australia.
- Reduced Used Vehicle Import Restrictions Cost Benefit Analysis PDF: 1341 KB
- Reduced Vehicle Import Restrictions Cost Benefit Analysis PDF: 360 KB
Safety Analysis of Australian Concessional Vehicle Imports
As part of the 2014 Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (the Act), the Australian Government engaged the Monash University Accident Research Centre to undertake a safety analysis of Australian concessional vehicle imports.
The report provides evidence as to the crash risk of vehicles imported under the concessional schemes (Low Volume, Personal Imports, pre-1989 and RAWS) compared to non-concessional vehicles of similar years of manufacture.
- Safety Analysis of Australian Concessional Vehicle Imports PDF: 993 KB
Following the announcement of the reforms in February 2016, 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)
- Trailer Manufacturers 28 April 2016
The Australian Government conducted consultations in September and October 2016 on the proposed thresholds for the specialist and enthusiast vehicle criteria. The thresholds proposed can be found in the fact sheet Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle Eligibility Thresholds PDF: 192 KB .
The Australia Government conducted consultations throughout May and June 2017 on:
- the Register of Approved Vehicles—an online database, publicly searchable (one VIN at a time) for vehicles approved for use on Australian roads.
- the new certification arrangements for light trailers.
Consultation paper for Certification of Light Trailers PDF: 619 KB
Consultation paper for Register of approved vehicles PDF: 997 KB
2013 to 2014 consultations on MVSA Reform
Previous to the recent announcement, the Australian Government conducted a number of consultation sessions with key stakeholders to assist with the Bills now in Parliament.
Details about these sessions are available from the following documents:
- 2013 Initial Public Consultation on the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and regulations
- 2013 Initial Public Consultation Submissions
- 2014 Public Consultation on the Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989
- 2014 Public Consultation Submissions to the 2014 Review
Previous Government Announcements
- 16 August 2017: Media release: Personal New Imports
- 10 February 2016: Media Release announcing the reform of the Act
- 16 April 2015: Media release announcing the proposal to reform the Act