Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Road Transport & Vehicles Legislation

Information about vehicle standards and regulations leading to the achievement of the Government's objectives.

  • Access to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 is via the Comlaw website for the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments. This site also provides background and all previous compilation documents.

  • Access to the Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989 is via the Comlaw website for the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments. This site also provides background and all previous compilation documents.

  • On 10 February 2014 the Heavy Vehicle National Law, covering all heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes, commenced in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, SA and the ACT.

  • This Scheme provides uniform charges and operating conditions for heavy vehicles engaged solely in interstate operations. For detailed information please follow this link.

  • The Australian Road Rules were implemented in 1999 and have been regularly updated since then. Each state and territory adopts the Australian Road Rules in its own legislation.

  • The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development participates in the Austroads Registration and Licensing Task Force, which brings together state and territory vehicle registration and driver licensing authorities.

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Last Updated: 5 November, 2014