Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

2014 Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989


On 16 January 2014 the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Jamie Briggs MP, approved the Terms of Reference for a comprehensive review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 with a view to reducing regulatory costs to business and individuals and improving the safety and environmental performance of road motor vehicles.

Since the last major review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 in 1999 there has been significant change in the domestic and global environment of vehicle manufacturing, in vehicle technologies and in purchasing preferences of consumers. A copy of the 1999 report is available for viewing:

In 2013 a Public Consultation process was conducted by the Department to seek feedback from interested parties on the need for a review and on the currency and operation of the legislation.

The 2014 Legislative Review

The 2014 review will involve a submission process along with public consultations on possible future options for the Act. An Options Discussion paper has been prepared and a number of public workshops will be used to facilitate this process. The public submissions will be used to develop recommendations to Government and to prepare a Regulation Impact Statement.

Further updates on the status of the review will be provided on this website and enquires can be made via the email address.

2014 Options Discussion Paper

On 4 September 2014 the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Jamie Briggs MP, released an Options Discussion Paper for the review of the Act and called for submissions from all interested parties.

The Options Discussion paper is now available for download. The Options Discussion paper outlines the problem, considers the need for government involvement, identifies some broad options and poses a number of questions for stakeholder responses. Stakeholder feedback is a crucial part of a Regulation Impact Assessment process and will help design the options that are taken forward to Government later this year. A separate document has also been prepared summarising the questions within the Options Discussion paper to assist contributors in framing their submissions.

Public Submissions

Public submissions on the Options Discussion Paper closed on COB Monday 20 October 2014.

Received submissions have been made publicly available on the Department's website unless a submission was marked confidential by request or as a result of being determined by the Department to contain private or confidential information.

All submissions provided to the Department will be given consideration in the conduct of this review.


Public workshops were held for any interested person or organisation to discuss the content of the Options Discussion Paper in the following cities:

  • Sydney (Parramatta), Tuesday 23 September 2014
  • Brisbane, Wednesday 24 September 2014
  • Melbourne, Friday 26 September 2014
  • Adelaide, Wednesday 1 October 2014
  • Perth, Thursday 2 October 2014


Last Updated: 24 December, 2014