This page provides links to information about road vehicle standards. Please follow these links for details on your topic of interest.
The Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) laws provide a regulatory framework to ensure vehicles on our roads are safe, secure and environmentally-friendly. They replace the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) with the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA).
The Australian Design Rules (ADRs) are national standards for vehicle safety, anti–theft and emissions. The ADRs are generally performance based and cover issues such as occupant protection, structures, lighting, noise, engine exhaust emissions, braking and a range of miscellaneous items.
The Administrator's Circulars provide guidance and information on the administrative arrangements that supports the vehicle certification process. They cover policy and procedures to assist manufacturers meet their legislative requirements.
Vehicle Standards Bulletin (VSB) series provide information on the design manufacture sale modification maintenance import and repair of road vehicles.
The Vehicle Standards Historical Documents page is a record of documents that the department no longer supports. The documents are provided as a courtesy to those that may still be using them for their own purposes. They are no longer used or maintained by the department.