RVSA Guidance Material Consultation

The department will be undertaking detailed consultation with stakeholders on a range of guidance material that will be developed to support the implementation of the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation.

Further information, including guidance material, will be posted on this website as they become available.

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Draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement

An updated draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) has been released for public consultation. This follows an earlier CRIS consultation process that closed on 16 February 2018. Stakeholder feedback from that process was taken into account during the development of the revised draft CRIS.

Submissions on the draft CRIS closed on Friday 7 February 2020.

  • Draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement PDF: 864 KB ReadSpeaker

Vehicle Standards Bulletin 1 (VSB 1)

The department is reviewing Vehicle Standards Bulletin 1 (VSB 1) – Building Small Trailers to ensure it aligns with new arrangements in the RVS legislation.

VSB 1 is intended to assist manufacturers of small trailers to understand the Australian Design Rule (ADR) requirements applying to the most common types of small trailer.

Additional requirements applying to more specialised small trailers and other options may be set out in the ADRs themselves. Manufacturers or importers of trailers that do not comply with VSB 1 need to consider if their trailer should be modified to comply or if alternative arrangements exist within the ADRs.

This bulletin does not cover the administrative arrangements related to obtaining approvals under the RVS legislation or for registration in a state or territory of an individually constructed trailer.

For further information about RVS legislation approval requirements, please visit the Road Vehicle Standards legislation implementation page.

The first round of feedback on VSB 1 has closed. The department is currently updating the draft based on feedback received.

A VSB 1 Focus Group meeting was held on 14 March 2019 in Melbourne. Approximately 50 industry and regulatory stakeholders were invited to attend, with 25 of these attending the meeting. Documents related to this meeting, including minutes of the meeting, are available below:


During the course of the RVSA consultation program, the department has given a number of presentations to stakeholders. These presentations are being made available on this website to facilitate a broader understanding of specific aspects of the Road Vehicle Standards legislation.

  • Road Vehicle Standards legislation – Light trailers PDF: 1005 KB ReadSpeaker

Slide 33 of this presentation sets out when the Road Vehicle Standards legislation starts. Please note that the Government has passed legislation that delays the commencement of the Road Vehicle Standards legislation – for further details, see www.infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles. In addition, slide 33 of this presentation notes that during the transitional period all imported trailers must comply with the RVS legislation and that VSB1 version 5 will operate for domestic manufacturers. Transitional arrangements will be put in place that will ensure consistent treatment of domestic and imported light trailers during the 12 month transitional period. Please also note that slide 3 refers to the two different kinds of approvals that may be granted in relation to a light trailer. A person who holds a type approval or concessional RAV entry approval in relation to a light trailer is permitted to import the light trailer.

  • Road Vehicle Standards legislation – Concessional RAV entry pathway PDF: 942 KB ReadSpeaker

Contact the RVSA Implementation Team

For further information about the guidance consultation process, please email the RVSA Implementation Team: RVSAimplementation@infrastructure.gov.au


Last Updated: 2 April, 2020