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Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme

This scheme is covered by Regulations 15 and 16 of the Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989.

The Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme (RAWS) allows for the importation and supply of used specialist or enthusiast vehicles to the market in Australia. Under this scheme only a Registered Automotive Workshop can import a used vehicle into Australia.

A Registered Automotive Workshop is a business that has been approved to import and plate up to 100 used vehicles (per vehicle category), per year. A full list of Registered Automotive Workshops is available at the RAWS website.

The vehicles imported are to be on the Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles (with the exception of unrestricted used motorcycles).

RAWS arrangements do not apply for vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1989.

For more information visit the RAWS website.

The information provided on this page should be used as guidance material only for importing a vehicle into Australia. Please familiarise yourself with the relevant legislation prior to lodging an application.

RVS legislation

To support the safety, environmental and anti-theft performance of all road vehicles being provided to the Australian market for the first time, the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 replaced the existing Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 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.

Please visit the Road Vehicle Standards laws page for more information about the RVS legislation.


Last Updated: 1 July, 2021