2014 Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989


On 16 January 2014, the Government approved the Terms of Reference for a comprehensive review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (the Act) with a view to reducing regulatory costs to business and individuals and improving the safety and environmental performance of road motor vehicles.

2014 review

The 2014 review involved a submission process along with public consultations on possible future options for the Act. An Options Discussion paper was prepared and a number of public workshops will be used to facilitate this process. The public submissions are being used to develop recommendations to Government and to prepare a Regulation Impact Statement.

On 4 September 2014 former Assistant Minister Briggs released an Options Discussion Paper for the review of the Act and called for submissions from all interested parties.

The Options Discussion paper outlined the problem, considered the need for government involvement, identified some broad options and posed a number of questions for stakeholder responses.

Past processes

2013 public submissions

In 2013 a Public Consultation process was conducted by the Department to seek feedback from interested parties on the need for a review and on the currency and operation of the legislation.

1999 Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA) review

The last substantial review of the Act was conducted in 1999. A copy of the 1999 report is available for viewing:


Last Updated: 22 August, 2017