What's new—Vehicle Importation

Updated vehicle importation information is now available in relation to:

Road Vehicle Standards legislation implementation date

The Road Vehicle Standards legislation will commence on 10 December 2019. Please familiarise yourself with the legislation and the requirements under the new legislation. The commencement of the new legislation means that the import applications submitted for concessional approval need to meet the requirements set out in the Road Vehicle Standards Rules 2019.

Expiry dates on vehicle import approvals

With the commencement of the Road Vehicles Standards legislation, transitional arrangements for concessional vehicle import approvals are required.  This means that vehicle import approvals issued under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) and Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989 (MVSR) will have an expiry date of 9 December 2020.

An expiry date will not apply to assessment advice issued that a vehicle is not a road motor vehicle under the MVSA.

You can continue to submit vehicle import applications under the MVSA until 10 December 2019. If the application is received before 10 December 2019 your application will be assessed under the MVSA.

Non road vehicles such as personal mobility devices and motorised recreational devices

We have updated information on non road vehicles such as personal mobility devices and motorised recreational devices. If a vehicle meets those definitions it may now be eligible for vehicle importation.

Vehicle Safety Standards Customer Service Centre and contact points

For general queries, our Customer Service Centre is here to assist – 1800 815 272

Our Customer Service Centre is your first stop for queries relating to vehicle imports, vehicle certification and the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme (RAWS). Our website (https://infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/) is also a useful source of information for general guidance about these and other topics.

1800 815 272
(+61 2 6274 7444 if calling from outside of Australia)

For phone queries relating to:

  • Vehicle imports
  • Vehicle certification
  • The Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme (RAWS)


For email enquiries relating to vehicle imports


For email enquiries relating to RAWS


For email enquiries relating to vehicle certification
Responses to Discussion Items are also automatically forwarded by RVCS to this mailbox.

(02) 6274 6274

For matters relating to vehicle recalls


For matters related to the Road Vehicle Standards legislation or Road Vehicle Standards Act implementation


Last Updated: 24 January, 2019