Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

New Road Vehicle Standards Legislation to Move to Next Stage

Media Release

PF048/2018

16 May 2018

The Road Vehicle Standards Bills will be debated in the House of Representatives in coming weeks, following a report by the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee recommending that the Bills be passed.

This legislative package is the most important set of changes to the Australian Government's regulation of motor vehicles in almost three decades, replacing the existing Motor Vehicle Standards Act.  It is designed to maintain and improve vehicle safety while expanding consumer choice and reducing red tape.

The Turnbull Government released exposure drafts of the legislation, including the supporting Rules, in December last year.

Over 340 stakeholders participated in consultation workshops around the country during January and February, and the Government received 85 formal submissions.

The Government will make minor refinements to the Rules to respond to feedback during the consultation process, including:

  • the need for the Rules to more clearly define a vehicle variant and the extent of customisation and modification allowable before a vehicle is provided to the market
  • calls from the Registered Automotive Workshops to permit low volume imports of suitable used vehicles for the purposes of conversion to a campervan or mobile home
  • refinements to the parameters defining a specialist and enthusiast vehicle—such as simplifying the power to weight performance threshold, providing more eligible vehicle variants, and allowing for the continued importation of enthusiast left hand drive heavy vehicles.

While these changes will provide additional choice to those wishing to purchase a specialist or enthusiast vehicle, we have ruled out any increase in the general importation of used vehicles.

This position, which was clearly stated in the Turnbull Government's response to the recommendations of both the Productivity Commission in 2014 and the Harper Competition Review in 2015, is based on potential safety concerns and difficulty in ascertaining the vehicle's provenance. 

Details on the refinements to be made to the draft Rules following public consultation can be found at infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/mv_standards_act/.