Regulator Performance Framework

The Australian Government is committed to reducing the cost of unnecessary or inefficient regulation imposed on individuals, business and community organisations.

The Regulator Performance Framework (the Framework) has been developed to support Australian Government regulators to measure and improve their performance, particularly in adopting consistent, risk-based approaches to administered regulation.

The Framework consists of six outcomes-based key performance indicators (KPIs) covering reducing regulatory burden, communications, risk-based and proportionate approaches, efficient and coordinated monitoring, transparency, and continuous improvement.

The department undertakes a self-assessment of its performance against the Regulator Performance Framework KPIs every year.

More information on the Regulator Performance Framework can be found at

2017–18 Vehicle Safety Standards Annual Stakeholder Survey

The 2017-18 Vehicle Safety Standards Annual Stakeholder Survey is now closed.

The results of the survey will be used to assess our performance as a regulator and to identify opportunities for improvement.

A summary of the survey results will be available on the department’s website by the end of 2018.

Previous Regulator Self-Assessments—Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989

  • Regulator Self-Assessment—Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989—1 July 2016–30 June 2017 PDF: 665 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Regulator Self-Assessment—Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989—1 July 2015–30 June 2016 PDF: 525 KB ReadSpeaker

Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989

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

The Vehicle Safety Standards Branch (VSS) within the department is responsible for administering the MVSA and its associated regulations, and developing and implementing safety standards and reforms.

It is responsible for international engagement in the development of vehicle regulations and is involved in the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

VSS undertakes compliance and safety investigation activities, which are fit for purpose, risk based and deliver both safety and environmental outcomes consistent with international approaches. This includes assessing alleged vehicle safety defects and monitoring manufacturers' voluntary recall campaigns on behalf of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

In its administration of the MVSA, VSS seeks to be a contemporary, informed and respected regulator that achieves the outcome of improved vehicle safety that delivers economic benefits.


Last Updated: 20 September, 2018