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On 1 July 2021 the Australian Government Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) fully commenced and replaced the Commonwealth Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989.

As a result of this, vehicles approved to be provided to the Australian market under this new act are required to be included on the Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV). The RAV is an electronic data base administered by the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

1Changes

Vehicles approved under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 required to have an Identification Plate (also referred to as a Compliance Plate). However, vehicles approved under the new act are required to be entered on the RAV and are not issued with Identification Plates.

As vehicles are gradually released under the new legislation the RAV will become the main method for obtaining vehicle details currently found on the Compliance Plate and also used for registration purposes.

Transitional arrangements are in place for light trailers, please see below.

2What is the RAV?

The RAV is administered by the Australian Government and is an online database of vehicles that have met the requirements of the RVSA legislation and are approved to be provided to the Australian market for road use subject to any relevant registration inspections. The RAV is publicly accessible, with no log in details required.

A vehicle entered on the RAV searchable via the vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number and includes information vital for registration such as mass ratings, manufacture date, seating capacity, RAV entry date (RAV entry date is the equivalent of the vehicle compliance date) etc, all of which were previously included on an Identification Plate.

Vehicles approved under the previous Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 are NOT searchable on the RAV.

The RAV can be accessed at: https://rav.infrastructure.gov.au/

3Transitional arrangements

Vehicle manufacturer’s holding Identification Plate Approval under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 may continue to provide vehicles under this approval until 1 July 2022. However, from this date all new vehicles, and used vehicles imported under the RVSA are required to be on the RAV or in exceptional cases hold non-RAV entry approval.

Additional transitional arrangements are in place for light trailers. Please see below.

4Light Trailers

An extended transitional period is in place for light trailers with a RAV entry required for trailers provided to the market for the first time as from 1 July 2022. This provides time for light trailer manufacturers to obtain the necessary Commonwealth approvals.

Until 1 July 2022 the current requirements relating to light trailers and trailer plates remain in place.

Further information relating to trailers and the RAV entry approval process is available from the Australian Government website.

5Questions?

Further information relating to the RAV, Road Vehicle Standards legislation and implementation timeframes is available from the following links.

Road Vehicle Standards Legislation implementation

Register of Approved Vehicles

Further information

Further information relating to the RAV, Road Vehicle Standards legislation and implementation timeframes is available from the following links.

Road Vehicle Standards Legislation implementation

Register of Approved Vehicles