Testing Facilities

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What is an approved testing facility?

An approved testing facility under the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation undertakes testing of road vehicles and/or road vehicle components for compliance with:

  • national road vehicle standards referred to in Australian Design Rules (ADRs), or
  • standards determined by the Minister under subsection 89(2) of the Road Vehicle Standards Rules 2019
  • or both.

The test results may be used as supporting evidence by applicants for the grant of a type approval, component type approval and Model Report approval to demonstrate compliance with vehicle standards.

What has changed from the Motor Vehicles Standards Act 1989 (MVSA)?

Under the new arrangements, a test facility will need to apply to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (the department) for an approval and be assessed for suitability under the RVS legislation. The Secretary of the department (or a delegate of the Secretary) will make a decision under the Road Vehicle Standards Rules 2019 about whether the applicant is suitable to be granted an approval for a testing facility and what standards they are approved to test against.

 Why do I need an approval for a testing facility?

Under the RVS legislation, applicants for type approvals, component type approvals and Model Report approvals must obtain test reports from approved testing facilities to demonstrate compliance with applicable national road vehicle standards.

If a test facility registered in RVCS wishes to continue to test road vehicles or road vehicle components for compliance with the applicable road vehicle standards, it must apply for a testing facility approval under the new RVS legislation.

Who can apply for testing facility approval?

An individual or company that carries out testing on road vehicles and road vehicle components may apply for a testing facility approval.

A testing oversight body, (an individual or company with accredited authorisation and technical qualifications to witness the testing of road vehicles or road vehicle components) may also apply for a testing facility approval.

How do I apply for a testing facility approval?

Details on applying for a testing facility approval is contained in the Guide to Testing Facilities; see Resources below.

When can I apply for an approval?

Applications for approval are not yet open.

If you are an existing MVSA test facility, you will be notified via email when an application may be made for approval under the RVS legislation. If you are a new applicant and wish to be advised when applications are open, please email the department at RVSAimplementation@infrastructure.gov.au and you will be notified when applications are available.

Resources

More information about the new arrangements for testing facilities can be found in the:

 Contact the RVSA Implementation Team

More information can be found on the RVS legislation implementation page or you can send us an email: RVSAimplementation@infrastructure.gov.au

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Last Updated: 28 February, 2020