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Australian Vehicle Import Requirements
This page was last updated on Saturday, 02 November 2013 01:02:06 AM

There are only three processes by which vehicles purchased overseas can be imported into this country. In all cases, the owner must first apply to the Australian Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government for a permit allowing conditional importation.

Vehicle Safety Standards
GPO Box 594
Canberra ACT 2601

On release from Customs and Quarantine, the vehicle requires an inspection by an Authorised Person approved by the respective State Transport,  to check for compliance with a number of Australian Design Rules and for Modification Plate.

1. PERSONALLY IMPORTED VEHICLES   

Conditions are stated in the application form available from any State transport office. The most important being that the vehicle was owned and registered for twelve months or more in the country of origin. Any year, make or model vehicle may be accepted under this scheme.    This process may involve the allocation of a new 17 digit vin/chassis number by State Transport for vehicles 1989 onwards. A second plate is then requested from the sole Australian supplier, Niddrie Nameplates. Once this is affixed to the vehicle, a roadworthy certificate can be issued by an approved Inspection Station, assuming safety checks have been cleared.

This procedure is called LO3.

The vehicle can then be registered following normal procedures.                   

2. 15 YEAR OLD IMPORT

Any vehicle, fifteen years old or more, can be imported once an application has been granted by the Federal Office of Road Safety. No pre-conditions are required for import. An Authorised Person's inspection is necessary for these vehicles and can be carried out in three ways.

(a) If the owner can show that they satisfied pre-conditions, as for personally imported vehicle, then the L03 procedure can be adopted. However, if the vehicle was manufactured in 1972 or onwards, then an Exemption Certificate for not having a Compliance Plate is required.

(b) Alternatively, if the above pre-conditions cannot be met, then it will be necessary for an Authorised  person to carry out a full ADR inspection and certification. That is, the vehicle must satisfy all the ADR's applicable at the build date of the vehicle.

This procedure is called LO1.

(c) Vehicles with a build date prior to 1972 do require an inspection by an Authorised Person. While the vehicle still has to comply with all ADR'S applicable to the vehicle's build date, no Exemption Certificate is required.

This procedure is called LO2.

In every case (a), (b), and (c) once a Modification Plate is fitted to the vehicle, a Roadworthy Certificate can be issued by an approved Inspection Station, assuming safety checks have been cleared.

The vehicle can then be registered following normal procedures.

3. LOW VOLUME IMPORTS

This procedure applies only to vehicles that are not imported into the country by none of the major manufacturers. It can apply to variants of the manufacture's range of vehicles, provided they are significantly different, ie:non-turbocharged engine - turbocharged engine.

This procedure is only suitable for importers wanting to bring into the country up to 25 or 100 vehicles per year and must include a full documented submission to the Australian Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government  for approval. The submissions is to include full details of how the vehicle complies with all the Australian Design Rules applicable to the build date of the vehicle. Details of this procedure are available from the Australian Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

             

For up to date legislation go to:

Australian Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government