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 improving the safety of road vehicles.

This review follows the Public Consultation process conducted last year where the Department sought feedback on the legislation from stakeholders and interested parties (details below).

The review will identify options to reduce the regulatory burden on business and improve the safety, environmental and anti-theft provisions of the legislation. These options will be assessed in a Regulation Impact Statement and public consultations are expected to commence mid-year.

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

2013 Public Consultation on the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and Regulations

In May 2013, the then Department of Infrastructure and Transport undertook a public consultation process on the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (the Act) and its Regulations to consider its currency and whether it remains effective and efficient.

A consultation paper was prepared to provide background to the Act and some guiding questions to facilitate consideration of the Act by stakeholders.

Submissions were invited from interested organisations or individuals. Respondents were asked to provide general comment on the objectives, relevancy, effectiveness and impacts of the Act or frame their response in terms of any or all of the questions contained in the consultation paper.

All submissions received are included on the submissions page at this website, excluding any confidential submissions. Submissions closed on Friday 21 June 2013.

The consultation paper was supported by a short series of open workshops to further discuss stakeholder views. These workshops were led by consultant Mr Stephen Payne, who brings wide-ranging knowledge of the motor vehicle industry and experience in conducting major government reviews.

The consultation workshops were held In Sydney (24 May), Melbourne (3 June), Perth (4 June) and Brisbane (12 June).

A public consultation report has been developed from the public submissions. It outlines the considerations raised across the submissions received during the MVSA consultation process.


Last Updated: 18 July, 2014