Performance Based Standards Design Approval - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to design a heavy vehicle. A design must be approved before it can be used to manufacture a heavy vehicle. The types of businesses that may consider designing heavy vehicles include manufacturers, operators, transport associations, road transport agencies and freight customers / shippers.

A heavy vehicle is a vehicle with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) or an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) of more than 4.5 tonnes.

It is recommended that you consult with an approved Performance Based Standards (PBS) assessor regarding your design options in the first instance. They can provide you with expert advice on your proposed design before you obtain this approval.

Your application must be submitted by an approved PBS assessor, where it will then be passed to a PBS review panel for consideration. Please be aware that your approved design may be restricted or denied in certain jurisdictions. You will be notified of the decisions of the review panel, including any restrictions placed on your design.

When you have built your heavy vehicle, you will then need to obtain a PBS vehicle approval that certifies you have built the vehicle in accordance with the approved design.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

When you are submitting a PBS design approval, you must have regard to:

  • The relevant approved guidelines;
  • Any performance based standards and assessment rules prescribed in the regulations; and
  • The advice of the PBS Review Panel.

Your application for approval must be made with the approved form and accompanied by:

  • An assessment of the design by an approved PBS assessor;
  • The prescribed fee; and
  • Any other information requested.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.




Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.



Performance Based Standards Design Approval - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Act(s) name

Heavy Vehicle National Law (ACT) Act 2013 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Enquiries, Performance Based Standards
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Mailing address:
PO Box 492
Fortitude Valley
Queensland 4006





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