Vehicle Regulation

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This page provides links to information addressing vehicle standards, vehicle recalls, transportation of dangerous goods, and more. Please follow the links below for details on the topic of interest.

  • This links to the Federal Register of Legislation to a compilation of the Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989.

  • The department has commenced a public consultation process on the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) to consider its currency and whether it remains effective and efficient.

  • The Australian Design Rules (ADRs) are national standards for vehicle safety, anti–theft and emissions. The ADRs are generally performance based and cover issues such as occupant protection, structures, lighting, noise, engine exhaust emissions, braking and a range of miscellaneous items.

  • The Administrator's Circulars provide guidance and information on the administrative arrangements that supports the vehicle certification process. They cover policy and procedures to assist manufacturers meet their legislative requirements.

  • Vehicle Standards Bulletin (VSB) series provide information on the design manufacture sale modification maintenance import and repair of road vehicles.

  • Vehicle standards bulletin 1, version 5 has been released.

  • On 10 February 2014 the Heavy Vehicle National Law, covering all heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes, commenced in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, SA and the ACT.

  • If your vehicle has been imported under the personal import option or letter of compliance option, you will need to fit a plate to the vehicle if you wish to register it for road use.

  • Follow this link for a full list of Road-Friendly Suspension Certificates.

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Last Updated: 20 June, 2018