Non-RAV entry import approvals

A non-RAV entry import approval under the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) allows an approval holder to import a vehicle that is not eligible to be entered on the Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV) for a specific purpose or temporary period.

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What is a non-RAV entry import approval?

Under the RVSA, if you plan to import a road vehicle into Australia you are required to apply to the department.

Road vehicles intended for regular use on public roads must be entered on the RAV before they are provided to the Australian market. Vehicles being imported for specific purposes or for a limited period of time and are not intended to be used on public roads, or only used on public roads in exceptional circumstances, can seek a non-RAV entry import approval.

Before applying for an approval, you should read the non-RAV entry import approval guide. It explains how to apply and outlines the eligibility requirements. Full details of non-RAV entry import approvals are in the Road Vehicle Standards Rules 2019 (the Rules), sections 147 to 158.

Why do I need an approval to import my vehicle?

Under section 22 of the RVSA it is an offence to import a road vehicle into Australia without an approval. The department manages the approval process through its online application system, ROVER.

You must obtain an approval to import a road vehicle from the department before importing the vehicle.

Who can apply for a non-RAV entry import approval?

Any person may apply for a non-RAV entry import approval. An agent may also apply on behalf of the applicant. To apply for a non-RAV entry import approval you (or your agent) must first create an account in ROVER and supply identification details.

The eligibility requirements for a non-RAV entry import approval are set out in sections 151 and 152 of the Rules.

When do I need to apply?

You must submit an application for an import approval before importing the vehicle. Importing a vehicle without permission is an offence under RVSA and penalties may apply. Allow enough time to apply for your application to be assessed before your planned importation date. It may take up to 30 business days for an import approval application to be assessed and a decision made.

What is the Register of Approved Vehicles?

The RAV is an online database of vehicles that meet the requirements of the RVS legislation and have been approved for provision to the Australian market.

Once entered on the RAV, a vehicle is available for registration by a state or territory registration authority (pending the regulatory requirements of the particular state or territory).

The RAV is a publicly searchable database.