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ROVER Release 8C launch date
ROVER Release 8C went live on 12 September 2023.
What changed in ROVER Release 8C?
We brought the RAV in-house. This has allowed better integration of the ROVER and RAV systems and provides a number of other benefits. We have strengthened validations of all RAV submissions and you now need to send your RAV submissions to a different email address.
ROVER system changes
- Compliance information forms: We have reduced the number of mandatory fields in compliance information forms for Australian Design Rule (ADR) 38/05–Trailer Brake Systems, and ADR 80/03 and 80/04–Emission Control for Heavy Vehicles. There will also be fewer mandatory fields on UN approvals and test reports.
- Maximum overall vehicle width: When entering vehicle type details in a vehicle type approval application, you will need to provide the maximum overall width for NB2 and NC category vehicles.
- Model Reports: You will be able to add multiple Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles (SEVs) Register entry numbers to your Model Report application and to your existing approval. Please note that the vehicles covered by the Model Report will need to be for the same make, model and vehicle category, and meet the same eligibility criteria.
- Overdue invoices: It will be easier to see when you or someone you have authority to act for has an overdue invoice. We are adding a banner on the home page (once signed in) and 'Approvals' page which will tell you how many invoices are overdue. The table on the 'Payments' page will also include the invoice due dates. Overdue invoices will be listed first.
- Vehicle recalls: When you submit revised lists of Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) for vehicles under recall, ROVER will generate and publish a consolidated list (.CSV file) on the Recalls website, replacing the previous file.
RAV entry submission changes
We have strengthened the validations of all RAV submissions. This will help approval holders comply with their responsibility of providing correct vehicle information on the RAV.
It is important that RAV submitters familiarise themselves with the following changes:
- New RAV submission email address: When submitting vehicles to the RAV, you will need to send them to RAV.Submissions@infrastructure.gov.au. Any submissions sent to the NEVDIS email address will not be processed nor forwarded to us. IMPORTANT: Please do not send your submissions to this email address before 9 am AEST on Tuesday 12 September.
- RAV submission response emails: When you send a RAV entry submission, you will receive an email (from RAV.Submissions@infrastructure.gov.au) with the total number of records submitted and the number of records that have passed and failed RAV validations. It also includes a list of all the records (within the email and as an attachment) that were not accepted and the reason(s) why for each record.
- Submitting RAV files: When submitting RAV entries, you must leave fields blank that are not applicable. If you include any data in those fields, for example n/a or no, the record will not pass validation and it will need to be amended and resubmitted.
- Approval details: Each RAV entry record in your submission will be validated against the approval details in ROVER and checked that the approval is in force.
- Approval numbers: When an authorised vehicle verifier submits a vehicle modified by a registered automotive workshop (RAW) to the RAV, they will need to provide the RAW approval number instead of the approval holder name. The RAV will check that the approval is in force. They will also need to provide the concessional RAV entry approval and Model Report approval numbers in the requested field and in the correct format. This has not changed; however, this field will be validated against the information in ROVER and if not submitted correctly, it will need to be amended and resubmitted.
- Make and model details: Where a vehicle has been manufactured or modified by a RAW, the make and model in the RAV entry submission must match the make and model in the Model Report or it will not pass validation.
- Gross combination mass (GCM): This field is mandatory for light goods vehicles over 4.5 tonnes (NB2 category) and heavy goods vehicles (NC category). It is optional for light omnibus vehicles over 4.5 tonnes and up to 5 tonnes (MD4 category) and heavy omnibus vehicles (ME category). You must leave this field blank for all other vehicle categories or your submission will fail validation.
- Maximum entries: The RAV will accept a maximum of 2,000 records per RAV batch submission.
- Publishing vehicles on the RAV: We will be uploading vehicles to the RAV more often, reducing the time it takes for correct RAV submissions to appear on the public search.
ROVER Release 8C resources
A range of resources will be available to support ROVER users with the changes introduced in Release 8C.
- RAV Validations Webinar: Watch the video to learn about the additional validation rules that will be in place after this release.
- What's new? What's different? guide: This is a visual guide of the new functionality and design changes in Release 8C.
- Guide to the RAV for vehicle type approval holders: Use this updated guide to help you submit successful RAV entries for vehicles via the vehicle type approval pathway.
- Guide to the RAV for authorised vehicle verifiers: Use this updated guide to help you submit successful RAV entries as an authorised vehicle verifier.
- ROVER Release 8C demonstration video: In this video we show you the new functionality and design changes in this system release.