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

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

The department's online IT system, ROVER integrates all activities and approvals under the RVS legislation.

After the 12-month transitional period (1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022) ends, ROVER will be the only portal for submissions and approvals.

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

Register of Approved Vehicles

The RVSA introduced the Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV), an online publicly searchable database of vehicles that have met the requirements of the RVSA and been approved for provision to the Australian market.

Two pathways to RAV entry have been established, type approval and concessional RAV entry approval. RAV entry applications must be submitted through ROVER.

MVSA Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles

MVSA-approved registered automotive workshops can continue to apply to import MVSA Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles (through the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme) until April 2022. Approved vehicles must be plated and provided by 30 June 2022. Applications for Interim SEVs List vehicles can be made until 31 December 2021 and must be made through ROVER.

MVSA Registered Automotive Workshops (RAWS)

After 1 July 2021, no new applications for MVSA RAW approvals are being accepted. However, applications submitted before 1 July 2021 will still be assessed and decided under the MVSA.

Specialist and enthusiast vehicles modified under the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme (RAWS) can continue to be imported if they are on the MVSA Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles until 30 April 2022, or Interim SEVS List up until 30 December 2021.

MVSA-approved RAWs can continue to operate as an MVSA RAW (i.e. accessing the MVSA Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles and Interim SEVs List) until 30 June 2022.

Road Vehicle Certification System

After 1 July 2021, no new applications for Identification Plate Approvals (IPAs) are being accepted. However, applications submitted before 1 July 2021 will still be assessed and decided under the MVSA.

Current IPA holders can continue to import vehicles under their current approvals, including varying those approvals up until 30 June 2022.

Eligible IPA holders can transition to a RVS vehicle type approval under opt-in arrangements. The opt-in period is available for 6 months from 1 July 2021 up to 11:59pm AEST, 31 December 2021. These approval holders must ensure that their MVSA approval is up to date by updating the information in the Road Vehicle Certification System (RVCS) before applying to opt-in.

VIS client portal

Generally, new MVSA single vehicle applications will not be accepted from 1 July 2021. However, applications submitted before 1 July 2021 will still be assessed and decided under the MVSA.

A limited range of MVSA approval pathways are still available during the transitional period from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. These include:

  • Specialist and enthusiast vehicles modified under the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme can continue to be imported if they are on the MVSA Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles until 30 April 2022, or Interim SEVS List up until 30 December 2021.
    • MVSA Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles applications are submitted through RAWS.
    • Interim SEVS List applications are submitted through ROVER.
  • Manufacturers / importers of trailers with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) of 4.5 tonnes or less (low ATM trailers) that are able to be modified to comply with VSB1 version 5 can continue to apply until 30 April 2022. These applications are submitted through the VIS client portal.
  • Manufacturer or importers who hold an MVSA section 10A(3) low volume approval are also able to apply through VIS until 30 June 2022. These applications are submitted through the VIS client portal.