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Specialist and enthusiast vehicles

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The Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles (SEVs) Register is a database of vehicles that have met one or more of the eligibility criteria for entry on the SEVs Register and that may be eligible for concessional Register of Authorised Vehicles (RAV) entry if additional criteria are met.

On 1 July 2021, the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) replaced the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA). The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the department) is managing the new legislation.

The detail of how the new regulatory framework operates is contained in subsidiary legislation, the Road Vehicles Standards Rules 2019 (the Rules). The RVSA and other related legislation is known as the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation.

The eligibility criteria required for specialist and enthusiast road vehicles to be entered on the SEVs Register under the RVS legislation is markedly different from that of the Register of SEVs under the MVSA.

SEVs Register under the RVS legislation

To meet specialist and enthusiast demand more effectively, the RVS legislation has updated eligibility criteria for entry on the SEVs Register.

Instead of only assessing vehicle models, vehicle variants not provided in Australia under a road vehicle type approval are also eligible where 1 or more of 6 eligibility criteria are met.

A variant will need to be significantly different to a variant already provided in Australia, such as having a different engine, transmission, drivetrain or body type.

The Guide to specialist and enthusiast vehicles explains the SEVs process in detail.

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SEVs interim arrangements

Between 10 December 2019 and 1 July 2021, SEVs applications were assessed against both the MVSA and RVS eligibility criteria. Under these interim arrangements, vehicles meeting the RVS SEVs Register eligibility criteria were placed on the ‘List of eligible SEVs under the interim arrangements’ (Interim SEVs List). Vehicles that met MVSA eligibility criteria were placed on the MVSA Register of SEVs. Applications for new entries on the MVSA Register of SEVs are now closed.

Vehicles on the Interim SEVs List can be entered on the RVS SEVs Register if a SEVs Register entry application is submitted. No fee will be charged for this application. Applicants should complete the enquiry form and provide details of the Interim SEVs List entry and RVS SEVs application so the standard requirement to pay a fee before an application will be accepted can be waived.

If the vehicle continues to meet the SEVs Register entry criteria, its details will be entered on the SEVs Register with an expiry date of 3 years from the date the SEVs Register entry was made.

Where the vehicle no longer satisfies the SEVs Register entry criteria, the vehicle’s details will still be entered on the SEVs Register. However, the entry’s expiry date will be 3 years from the date the vehicle’s details were entered on the Interim SEVs List.

The submission period for Interim SEVs List applications has been extended from 31 December 2021 until 31 March 2022.

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Applying to enter a road vehicle on the SEVs Register

You (an individual or company) may apply to have the details of one or more variants, or a make and model, of a road vehicle entered on the SEVs Register.

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What IT system do I need to access?

The department’s online IT service, ROVER, integrates activities and approvals under the RVS legislation.

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Creating a user account in ROVER

Before submitting an application, an applicant or their representative must create an account in ROVER, including uploading identification documents.

Agents or representatives creating an account are required to include details about the company or individual they are representing.

When acting on behalf of an applicant, the representative must upload documentation (for example, a company letter) stating that the agent or company employee has authority to act on the applicant’s behalf.

Identity documents and an authority to act are verified when creating an account in ROVER. You may have limited access to, and will not be able to submit, applications until your user account details have been verified.

A guide to creating an account in ROVER is available on the department’s ROVER resources webpage.

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SEVs Register eligibility application process

SEVs Register eligibility application process


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