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

Safer Laws for Safer Vehicles

Media Release


28 November 2018

The Parliament has passed laws to help consumers choose safer vehicles, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says.

“We wanted to update and simplify the regulatory system so it is flexible and responsive to support the future of road vehicles in Australia, particularly as advances in technology change how and what we drive,” Mr McCormack said.

The most important set of changes to the Australian Government’s regulation of road vehicles in almost three decades, Mr McCormack said consumers will have more choice when it comes to types of cars that are brought in to Australia and will have greater assurances their vehicles are safe.

“By establishing a network of approved corporations to give consumers and manufacturers greater confidence of their safety on vehicles, these new laws are common sense changes, especially for specialist and enthusiast vehicles,” Mr McCormack said.
“It also gives businesses and manufacturers clarity for product recall for vehicles.”

The new laws will streamline the supply of mainstream (full volume) new vehicles; establish a register of approved vehicles – an online, publicly accessible database to assist with compliance and enforcement of national vehicle standards; and provide greater clarity around recall powers and responsibilities for all vehicle classes.

Mr McCormack thanked industry for its engagement with the process of updating the regulations.

“This has been achieved after five years of work and consultation with industry, including ensuring existing businesses will be able to continue supplying vehicles under their existing approvals until late 2020,” Mr McCormack said.

“It is the culmination of much hard work, which is yet another step to help get Australians home sooner and safer, no matter where they live.”

Further details on the implementation of the Road Vehicle Standards legislation are available at: