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Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme

This scheme is covered by Regulations 15 and 16 of the Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989.

The Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme (RAWS) allows for the importation and supply of used specialist or enthusiast vehicles to the market in Australia. Under this scheme only a Registered Automotive Workshop can import a used vehicle into Australia.

A Registered Automotive Workshop is a business that has been approved to import and plate up to 100 used vehicles (per vehicle category), per year. A full list of Registered Automotive Workshops is available at the RAWS website.

The vehicles imported are to be on the Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles (with the exception of unrestricted used motorcycles).

RAWS arrangements do not apply for vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1989.

If you would like to become a Registered Automotive Workshop (RAW), try the quick online Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme (RAWS) Self-Assessment tool. It will step you through your viability and check whether you qualify to become a RAW. If your results indicated you are not ready to apply, the tool will provide some guidance on what you need to complete an application.

For more information visit the RAWS website.

The information provided on this page should be used as guidance material only for importing a vehicle into Australia. Please familiarise yourself with the relevant legislation prior to lodging an application.

RVS legislation

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.

Please keep checking this page as we will be adding more information as soon as it becomes available about what the RVS legislative changes mean for you, what you will need to do and when the changes take effect.

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


Last Updated: 2 April, 2020