Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

What's new—Vehicle Certification

Revision of Administrator's Circular 0-4-6 and Fact Sheet

The revised circular and factsheet clarifies the Commonwealth’s position in relation to Second Stage Manufacturers (SSM) specifying increases to Gross Combination Mass (GCM).

As there are no ADRs that require the GCM of a light vehicle (ie a vehicle less than 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass) to be certified by testing or evidence provided by a manufacturer, the Department does not assess, endorse or approve any purported change to a light vehicle’s GCM specification by a SSM.

It is also important to note that the Department does not restrict or prohibit GCM upgrades, as they are an in service matter that is the responsibility of state and territory registration authorities.

The Department recommends that SSMs consult with relevant State or Territory government agencies before purporting to specify a different GCM than that specified by the OEM for a vehicle to ensure this is consistent with any applicable State or Territory laws.

This advice and the updated circular and factsheet overrides all previous advice in relation to this issue, including the update issued on 29/6/2018.

Administrator's Circulars

Circular 0-4-6 titled Certification of Vehicles which have undergone a Second-Stage-of-Manufacture has been has been amended to formalise current business practice for Approvals issued to GVM upgrade suspension manufacturers.

Circulars 0-2-13, Certification of New Low Production Passenger Cars (MA Category) has been amended to formalise current business practice for Approvals issued to boutique manufacturers under the LPPC scheme. The Circular grants exemptions from compliance to Pole side impact ADR 85; Esc and AEB requirements. The amended Circular also includes requirements for compliance to  new ADRs that have been gazetted since the last issue.

Compliance Obligations under the MVSA 1989

The Department has released two more new factsheets aimed at informing approval holders of their obligations in the design control process PDF: 338 KB and the requirement of fitting emergency exits to double decker buses PDF: 195 KB.

The factsheets outline the compliance obligations in accordance with the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (the Act) by encouraging voluntary compliance, undertaking informed risk-based activities and applying proportionate enforcement responses when non-compliance is detected.

If you have any questions about this fact sheet, please contact the Vehicle Safety Standards Branch by emailing

RVS legislation

To support the safety, environmental and anti-theft performance of all road vehicles being provided to the Australian market for the first time, the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 replaced the existing Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 on 1 July 2021. The detail of how the RVSA regulatory framework operates is contained in subsidiary legislation, the Road Vehicle Standards Rules 2019 (the Rules). The RVSA, the Rules and other related legislation are collectively referred to as the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation.

Please visit the Road Vehicle Standards legislation implementation page for more information.