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Concessional RAV entry approvals

Guide to concessional RAV entry approvals

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Concessional RAV entry approval is a pathway for entering certain vehicles on the Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV) that have concessions against the national road vehicle standards, but are otherwise suitable for use on public roads in Australia.

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Introduction

The Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) replaced the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) on 1 July 2021.

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

Under the RVS Legislation there are two pathways to approval for a vehicle to be provided to the Australian market for the first time:

What is the Register of Approved Vehicles?

The Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV) is an online database of vehicles that meet the requirements of the RVS legislation and are approved for provision to the Australian market.

Once entered on the RAV a vehicle is available for registration by a state or territory registration authority (pending the regulatory requirements of the particular state or territory).

The RAV is publicly searchable.

What is a concessional RAV entry approval?

Concessional RAV entry approval is a pathway for entering certain vehicles on the RAV that have concessions against the national road vehicle standards, but are otherwise suitable for use on public roads in Australia. It is intended to:

  • Give motoring enthusiasts access to a greater range of classic and collectible vehicles that are 25 years or older.
  • Allow for certain vehicles (including used motorcycles, vehicles on the Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle Register, and vehicles to be subject to second stage of manufacture) to be modified by a registered automotive workshop to comply with Australia’s national vehicle standards.
  • Allow for special purpose vehicles that cannot comply fully with the applicable national road vehicle standards, to be imported or manufactured, provided they comply with those standards to an extent that makes the vehicle suitable for use on public roads in Australia.
  • Allow migrants settling in Australia, and Australian citizens returning permanently to Australia after a period overseas, to bring their personal road vehicle with them.
  • Allow for the import or manufacture of up to four low ATM trailers and four high ATM trailers per year.

A concessional RAV entry approval is also taken to be an import approval for that vehicle. This allows vehicles from overseas markets to be imported into Australia and entered on the RAV.

A concessional RAV entry approval is also taken to be an import approval for that vehicle.

How do I apply for a concessional RAV entry approval?

Generally, any person (including an individual or a corporation) may apply for a concessional RAV entry approval.

Exceptions to this are under the vehicles to be modified by the holder of a RAW approval (other than vehicles subject to second stage manufacture) option and the personal effects option, where the applicant must be the vehicle’s owner.

An agent or representative may also apply for an approval on an applicant’s behalf.

What IT system do I need to access?

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

How do I create a user account in ROVER?

Before an application can be submitted, an applicant or agent must first create a user account in ROVER.

When an agent will be acting on an applicant’s behalf, the agent must obtain an authority to act from the applicant and upload documentation (for example, a signed letter) that states that the agent or company employee is authorised to act on behalf of the applicant.

Verification of a ROVER user account may take up to five days.

What information do I need to provide in the application?

To apply for a concessional RAV entry approval, the applicant or agent must complete the online application form and provide or upload the required information so that your application can be assessed.

After logging in to ROVER, select the Single Road Vehicle application option to start the process.

Meeting eligibility criteria

Importantly, the Secretary or delegated decision maker needs to be satisfied that the road vehicle meets all of the applicable eligibility criteria under section 35 of the Rules. This means the road vehicle is able to satisfy the requirements of one of the following concessional RAV entry approval types:

  • older vehicles
  • vehicles to be modified by the holder of a registered automotive workshop (RAW) approval
  • special purpose vehicle
  • personal effects
  • trailers, or
  • road vehicle suitable for entry on RAV.

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Last Updated: 27 July, 2021