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Vehicle type approval and authorised vehicle verifier overview guidance has been published

From 1 July 2021, the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) is replacing the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA).

Overview guidance has now been developed to provide information about authorised vehicle verifiers (AVVs), vehicle type approvals (VTAs) and VTA opt-in arrangements.

The new guidance materials are:

They will be complemented by detailed guides in the near future.

An AVV is a corporation that has been granted an approval to provide independent vehicle inspection and verification services under the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation. The AVV online guide describes an AVV's role in assessing road vehicles modified or manufactured by a registered automotive workshop for their compliance with applicable national road vehicle standards. It is anticipated that AVV applications will be available from 1 April 2021.

Under the RVS legislation, road vehicles must be entered on to the Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV) before they can be provided to another person for road use in Australia for the first time. To be entered on the RAV a road vehicle must first be granted either a vehicle type approval or a concessional RAV entry approval. The VTA overview describes the vehicle type approval process. Vehicle type approval applications will be available from 1 July 2021.

Eligible holders of some approvals under the MVSA will be able to transition to a VTA via an opt-in process. The opt-in overview describes the transition from an MVSA approval to an RVSA approval.

More detailed guidance will be published on the RVS legislation guides and resources page in the near future, so keep checking this page for the latest information.