The department administers the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) and related legislation, and develops and implements national road vehicle standards as part of the regulation of new and used vehicles up to the point of first supply to Australia.
The department undertakes compliance and safety investigation activities to ensure vehicles meet minimum safety and environmental standards that maintain the safest possible environment for the community.
Road Vehicle Standards legislation
To support 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 Australian Government is introducing new legislation for the regulation of road vehicles.
The Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) is replacing the MVSA and is being implemented by the department.
Please visit the Road Vehicle Standards legislation implementation page for more information, including latest news and updates.