We have been waiting for the restrictions on importing vehicles into Australia to be amended for a long time, and finally these changes will come into effect on the 10th of December 2019.
Unfortunately, the hope that many of the restrictions will be lifted did not eventuate. The changes are minor and in the majority of circumstances cars will still need to have been owned and used for 12 months by migrants or returning Australians to qualify.
Summary of Key changes
There are categories for importing vehicles, either for road use or temporary basis as below.
Road-use vehicles – permitted for general road use and entered on the Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV)
Specialist and enthusiast vehicles (SEV) register and criteria
The Register of Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicles (SEV Register) lists vehicles that are of specialist or enthusiast interest, not available in the Australian market and/or require some concessions against the Australian Design Rules (ADRs).
Under the Registered Automotive Workshops scheme, vehicles on the SEV Register can be approved for importation if they have not been provided to the Australian market under a type approval and meet one of six criteria:
Temporary/non-road-use vehicles – not permitted for general road use, and not entered on the RAV.
The temporary / non-road-use vehicle stream will allow for the importation of:
The use of these vehicles on a public road is at the discretion of the States & Territories, under conditions set by them.