Specialist & Enthusiast Vehicle Scheme (SEVS)

What's new

Interim arrangements for specialist and enthusiast vehicles

Guidance, and a list of vehicles that have been assessed as eligible under the interim arrangements, are available at the bottom of this page.

The intent of the Scheme is to make motor vehicles available in Australia, which cater for specialist and enthusiast interests. The requirements, set out in Regulation 24 of the Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989 DOCX: 15 KB PDF: 70 KB ReadSpeaker, apply to both new and used motor vehicles but do not apply to trailers (T Group), full volume new vehicles of all categories or full volume used two-wheeled and three-wheeled vehicles (L Group).

What is the Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles?

The Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles is a register of vehicle make/models that have been assessed as meeting the criteria in the Regulations (Regulation 24 DOCX: 15 KB PDF: 70 KB ReadSpeaker) for classification as specialist and enthusiast vehicles. These are make/models that are not available from the mainstream manufacturers.

The requirement to keep a Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles is set out in Regulation 22 of the Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989.

Why are vehicles placed on the Register?

Once on the Register, vehicles can be imported under the Low Volume Scheme and the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme.

How do vehicles get on the Register?

An application for inclusion of a vehicle on the Register under the Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle Scheme (SEVS) can be made to the Department. If the application is approved, the vehicle make and model will be added to the Register.

The Department may also make a decision without an application having been made.

The criteria DOCX: 15 KB PDF: 70 KB ReadSpeaker and SEVS Application for Eligibility form for the Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle Scheme and a list of all the vehicle models already assessed under the Scheme are available on the Register.

How to apply

To apply to have a vehicle added to the Register, complete the Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles Application Form:

The department currently does not have a client service target for assessing the application however; a decision is generally made within 30 working days. Please note if the necessary supporting documentation is not provided initially it may take longer to reach a decision.

Contacts for Applications and Enquiries:

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
The Administrator of Vehicle Standards:
Vehicle Safety Standards
GPO Box 594
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: 1800 815 272
Email: sevs@infrastructure.gov.au


Interim arrangements as a result of the delayed commencement of the Road Vehicle Standards legislation

The Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation will replace the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) to implement the Australian Government’s reforms to the regulatory framework for the safety, environmental and anti-theft performance of all road vehicles being provided to the Australian market for the first time – both new and used. The reforms will deliver modernised legislation to increase community safety and remove unnecessary processes for businesses.

The Government has extended the commencement date of the RVS legislation to ensure that governments, manufacturers and importers have sufficient time to prepare for the transition to the new arrangements. More information is available from the Road Vehicle Standards legislation implementation page.

The Government recognises some stakeholders may be adversely affected by this decision and it is not the Government’s intention to unnecessarily disadvantage businesses or individuals. The Government is therefore implementing a range of measures to minimise the negative impact of the postponement on affected stakeholders. This includes enabling access to specialist and enthusiast vehicles that would have been available under the RVS legislation had it commenced.

These interim arrangements began on 10 December 2019 and will continue until commencement of the RVS legislation.

The interim arrangements are only applicable to vehicles that are eligible under the RVS eligibility criteria but ineligible under the MVSA eligibility criteria.

  • SEV interim arrangements guidance PDF: 3076 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Interim arrangements - lists of eligible and ineligible vehicles PDF: 130 KB ReadSpeaker

The SEVS Application for Eligibility (above) is used for all eligibility assessments, under the MVSA and the interim arrangements.