The department administers road vehicle standards legislation and undertakes compliance and safety investigation activities to ensure road vehicles meet minimum safety and environmental standards that maintain the safest possible environment for the community.
Road Vehicle Standards laws
To ensure vehicles on our roads are safe, secure and environmentally-friendly, the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) laws established a new regulatory framework for road vehicle importers and manufacturers when they replaced the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) on 1 July 2021.
Importing a road vehicle into Australia
Before importing a road vehicle into Australia you must obtain an approval to import the vehicle from the department.
Reporting a vehicle safety or non-compliance issue
This page provides members of the public, industry and other regulators with the opportunity to report potential vehicle safety issues, as well as possible non-compliance with the RVS legislation.
All applications under the RVS legislation are submitted through ROVER our online applications and approvals portal. During the transitional period (1 July 2021 to 30 June 2023 some MVSA portals are still available.
Vehicle safety and the environment
The department is responsible for managing policy and standards development on vehicle safety, emissions, vehicle noise and fuel consumption labelling.
This page provides information for consumers, manufacturers and suppliers in relation to the department’s involvement in road vehicle recalls.
Compliance and enforcement under the RVSA
The department takes a risk-based approach to managing compliance with the RVS legislation and the Australian Design Rules (ADRs).
Vehicle design regulation
This page provides links to general information on the old MVSA legislation and regulations and more.
Motor Vehicle Standards laws
Until 1 July 2021 when it was replaced by the RVSA, the MVSA set vehicle standards for all new vehicles entering the Australian market and regulated the supply of used vehicles to the market.