Discussion paper released for Motor Vehicles Standards Reform

Media Release


04 September 2014

Consistent with the Australian Government's commitment to improve road safety while reducing red tape and building a stronger economy, the Government is today releasing an options discussion paper for the review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989.

The Motor Vehicle Standards Act delivers national vehicle standards for new motor vehicles and regulates the first supply of used imported vehicles to the Australian market.

Given the significant changes in the sector since the Act was last reviewed 14 years ago, the review will seek to ensure we strike the balance between appropriate safety standards, in line with international best practice, and consumer access to vehicles at the lowest possible cost, particularly given the end of vehicle manufacturing in Australia.

The discussion paper considers all possible reform options including ideas put forward by the Productivity Commission in its Report on Australia's Automotive Manufacturing Industry.

The Productivity Commission's proposal to reduce restrictions on second-hand imports is one of many ideas canvassed in the paper.

No decision has been taken by the Australian Government to reduce these restrictions and we have no intention to allow Australia to become the dumping ground for other countries' second-hand lemons.

The paper also looks closely at personal importation of new vehicles and other opportunities to lower the average age of Australia's car fleet while increasing the competitiveness of the Australian car market.

Any potential changes to the Act will be comprehensively examined in close consultation with stakeholders, and I strongly encourage interested parties to put forward their views.

Consultations will close on 20 October 2014 and feedback will inform the preparation of a Regulation Impact Statement to carefully examine the road safety, environmental and consumer protection impacts of all policy proposals for consideration by the Australian Government.

The options paper and information on how to participate in the consultation process can be accessed online at infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/mv_standards_act.