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From the full commencement of the Australian Government’s Road Vehicle Standards legislation, the details of a vehicle (including trailers) are required to be included on the Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV) to be eligible for supply to market and achieve registration.

Tasmanian legislation is in the process of being amended to support the Commonwealth suite of Road Vehicle Standards legislation, the introduction of the RAV and repeal of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989.

1What is the RAV?

The RAV is administered by the Australian Government and is an integral component of the Road Vehicle Standards Act. It will be an online, publicly searchable, database of vehicles approved for use on Australian roads.

The RAV data base will display a vehicle’s identification number and other vehicle specific data such as date of manufacture, seating capacity and the vehicle’s mass ratings etc.  Vehicles listed on the RAV are not required to be fitted with an identification plate, also known as a compliance plate, prior to registration.

2How is a vehicle entered on the RAV?

Two RAV entry pathways are available for vehicle manufacturers or importers, Type Approval or Concessional. Both require application to the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications to determine RAV eligibility.  Each application will require evidence of compliance with relevant Australian Design Rules as determined by the RAV entry pathway and fees will apply.

3When does this process start?

The Australian Government has extended the commencement date of the Road Vehicle Standards legislation and the RAV to ensure that registration authorities, manufacturers and importers have sufficient time to prepare for the transition to the new arrangements.

The Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications will continue to work with all affected stakeholders to agree on and set a new commencement date, which will be no later than 1 July 2021.

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