RVS legislation, guides and resources

To support the safety, environmental and anti-theft performance of all road vehicles being provided to the Australian market for the first time, the new Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation is replacing the existing Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA).

Please keep checking this page as we will be adding more information as soon as it becomes available.

Please visit the Road Vehicle Standards legislation implementation page for more information.

Resources available:

ROVER resources

The Road Vehicle Regulator (ROVER) system integrates all applications and approvals under the new Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation.

For available resources visit ROVER resources.

Transition to Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018—Guidance Materials

This document provides the plan for how content from Administrator's Circulars and other MVSA guidance material will transition to RVSA guidance material.

Testing facilities resources

These resources provide further information for applicants who wish to apply for a testing facility approval.

Note: we are ready for more applications for testing facility approvals under the RVS legislation to be submitted. Apply here

For more information on how to apply please visit the Testing facilities page.

Component type approvals

These resources provide further information for applicants who wish to apply for a component type approval.

  • Overview of Component Type Approvals PDF: 540 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Guide to Component Type Approvals PDF: 1639 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Position Paper - Component Type Approval - test reports not completed by an RVS approved testing facility PDF: 4438 KB ReadSpeaker

For more information please visit the Component type approvals page.

Specialist and enthusiast vehicles

  • Interim arrangements - Guidance for importing a road vehicle that is at least 25 years old into Australia PDF: 7360 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Interim arrangements - Guidance relating to specialist and enthusiast vehicles PDF: 2949 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Interim arrangements - lists of eligible and ineligible vehicles PDF: 117 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Interim SEVS – importing sample vehicle PDF: 450 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Interim SEVS – importing subsequent vehicles PDF: 449 KB ReadSpeaker

The Roads Vehicle Standards legislation

The Road Vehicle Standards package of legislation includes:

Cost Recovery Implementation Statement

The Cost Recovery Implementation Statement provides information on how the department undertakes cost recovery arrangements for administrative and regulatory activities under the Road Vehicle Standards legislation.

  • Cost Recovery Implementation Statement—Road Vehicle Standards 2020–21 PDF: 1170 KB ReadSpeaker


Last Updated: 30 October, 2020