Department of State GrowthTransport

Vehicle Registration Rebates & Exemptions

Concessions

Concessions are applied to the client. To be eligible for a concession a person must be:

  • In receipt of a pension or allowance issued under the Social Service Act 1991 (i.e. Centrelink) or Veteran Entitlement Act 1981 (DVA) and hold a pensioner concession or health care card.
  • Be a member of the Transport Access Scheme (TAS).
  • Be an asylum seeker on Bridging Visa E (BVE) and in community detention and hold an Evidence of Immigration (EIS) ImmiCard (issued to people on a Bridging E Visa under the Migration Act 1958) or a Tasmanian Concession Card (issued to people in community detention by the Department of Premier and Cabinet).

For more information see Rebates and Concessions.

A concession is only available to one vehicle in each particular class registered in the person's name (i.e. one car, one motorcycle, one caravan and one trailer).

The client selects which vehicle the concession is to be applied to and until this vehicle is renewed (without concession being applied), cancelled, expired or disposed of the concession cannot be transferred and applied to another vehicle.


Rebate Amounts - Centrelink, Veteran Affairs and Asylum Seekers (see below for TPI)

To be applied to one vehicle type per concession holder i.e. one car, one trailer, one motorcycle and one caravan.

Eligible clients receive a rebate on MAIB 1 and 2 class vehicles. The rebate is currently:

  • $59.00 rebate on MAIB premium

Rebates for all eligible clients defined above.

  • $39.10 rebate on registration fee and Fire Levy
  • $10.00 rebate on the Road Safety Levy

NOTE: A rebate on the registration fee is also applicable on other classes of vehicles such as trailers, caravans and motorcycles but a Fire Levy may not be included. For more information refer to the breakdown of fees.

Goods Carrying Vehicles only

  • 40% motor tax rebate for pensioners and Health Care Card Holders registering a commercial goods vehicle for private use with a GVM <4.5t.

NOTE: Application for 40% Motor Tax Rebate must be completed annually by the client eligible for the 40% motor tax rebate. The rebate of Motor Tax must be on the same vehicle that receives the pensioner concession (i.e on the registration fee, road safety levy and MAIB premium).

Totally & Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) pensioners and TAS recipients

  • $39.10 discount on the registration fee and Fire Levy (For MAIB Class 1 and 2 vehicles)
  • Full exemption on duty. See note below
  • Full rebate on motor tax for vehicles with GVM not exceeding 4.5t (see note below)
  • $10.00 rebate on the Road Safety Levy
  • $59.00 rebate on the MAIB Premium
  • TPI must be registered in single names.

NOTE: Eligible clients must be applied to the same vehicle that receives the pensioner concession (i.e on the registration fee, road safety levy and MAIB premium). A rebate on the registration fee is also applicable on the other classes of vehicles such as trailers, caravans and motorcycles. For more information refer to breakdown of fees.


Rebates/Exemptions applicable to Registration

A rebate is applied to the vehicle based on its construction or use.

Vehicle

Registration Fee

Road Safety Levy

Motor tax

MAIB

Duty (Excluding MAIB Duty)

Commercial vehicle
(including heavy trailers) used for farming horticulture, and bee keeping  purposes
Conditional registration plates to be issued to motor vehicles with GVM >16t and Trailers with GVM > 4.5t

no rebate

no rebate

*40% rebate

no rebate

no rebate

Farm Tractor
(a tractor or agricultural machine used solely for farming purposes)

Payable on first issue

100% rebate

full rebate

no rebate

full rebate

Tractor
(A vehicle constructed primarily to tow or push trailers or implements but not capable of carrying goods or more than 1 passenger)

no rebate

100% rebate

full exemption applies to certain vehicles

no rebate

full rebate if exempt from Motor Tax

Fire Truck (Premium 3)
Used specifically for fire fighting. If vehicle not used for fire fighting charges based on heavy vehicle specifications will apply.
See Heavy vehicle charges

payable on first issue

100% rebate

full rebate

no rebate

full rebate

3 Axle Buses Rebate
3 axle Buses greater than 12 tonnes Gross vehicle mass and not exceeding 60 000 kilometres travelled per annum

no rebate

no rebate

*Charged at 2B2

no rebate

no rebate

Interchangeable Trailer Rebate
Applicable when the semi-trailer(s) exceed the number of prime movers registered in the same name and do not travel more than 20 000 kilometres per annum

no rebate

no rebate

*40% rebate

no rebate

no rebate

Special Interest Vehicle

no rebate

100% rebate

50% rebate

no rebate

no rebate

The below Plant & Machinery

no rebate

100% rebate

100% rebate

no rebate

full rebate

A bitumen laying machine, a bulldozer, an earth moving machine, an excavator, a fork-lift truck, a front-end loader, an industrial barrow, a road grader, a road roller, a rotary hoe, a shovel loader, a street sweeper, a traction engine, a traxcavator, a trench digger, a log skidder, a log loader, or an earth moving machine.

Road Construction plant and machinery owned by local government (Councils only) This includes a Street sweeper (machinery), which is not a heavy vehicle.  If a heavy vehicle, see Heavy Vehicle section (Rigid truck), no exemption is available.

100% rebate

100% rebate

100% rebate

100% rebate

full rebate

Caravans and Camper Trailers

no rebate

no rebate

no rebate

no rebate

100%

Vintage Car

no rebate

100% rebate

100% rebate

no rebate

100%

Restricted Registration

no rebate

100% rebate

100% rebate

no rebate

100%

Duty Rebates applicable to Transfer of Registration

Type of Pension or class of vehicle

Duty Rebate

Social Services Act Pensioners

No Rebate

Repatriation Act Pensioners (TPI & TAS recipients)

100% rebate on one vehicle only. All other recipients under this Act pay full duty.

Vehicles exempt from the payment of motor tax (vintage & veteran vehicles (annual declaration required), fork lift trucks, bulldozers, front-end loaders etc)

Vehicles which are exempted from the payment of motor tax are automatically exempt from the payment of duty except for special purpose vehicles

Charitable Organisations

Vehicles which are exempted from the payment of motor tax are automatically exempt from the payment of duty.

Vehicles registered in the name of a Government Agency

Some Government Agencies are not exempt

Beneficiaries and Family Law Court Orders

Applicant for Registration Transfer

Rebate (If exemption approved)

Duty Exemption requirements

Beneficiaries under the terms of a will where the beneficiary is a joint registered operator AND owner with the deceased

No duty payable

No Transfer fee payable

Statutory Declaration for duty exemption must be completed and presented to Service Tasmania at the time of transfer.

Beneficiaries under the terms of a will where the beneficiary is not a joint registered operator with the deceased

No duty payable

Transfer fee is payable

Service Tasmania staff will check the declaration and advise if you qualify for the exemption.

  • Forms are available on the State Revenue website.

Transfers of registration following the breakup of marriage, de facto relationship or significant relationship.

No duty payable

Transfer fee is payable

Exemption must be approved by State Revenue Office prior to vehicle being transferred.

A letter from State Revenue granting the exemption must be presented.

Contact the SRO (03) 6166 4400 (Select option 4 then option 3) for details on how to apply for exemption.

NOTE: If supporting documentation is not provided an exemption will not be approved.  If an exemption is not approved the duty must be paid.

  • A registered operator that paid duty because they did not have sufficient evidence to support a claim for an exemption may apply for a reassessment of duty if the required documentation becomes available.  A refund request should be lodged with the State Revenue Office.
    (Refund requests must be made within three years of the vehicle being transferred).