Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme (RAWS) - Australian Government

Service summary

The Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme (RAWS) allows for the importation and supply of used specialist or enthusiast vehicles to the market in Australia. Under this scheme only a RAW can import a used vehicle into Australia.

A RAW is an accredited workshop that is especially licensed to fit Used Import Plates to complied imported used vehicles. A RAW must comply with all Federal, State and Territory and Local Laws. RAWS arrangements do not apply for vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1989 or vehicles that are to be imported under the Personal Import Scheme.

For these vehicles please refer to Vehicle Safety Standards Bulletin 10 (VSB10) Importing Vehicles into Australia.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Applications can only be made in the name of a registered company. In order to become a RAW:

  • Your company must be certified to ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management Systems;
  • Your ISO certification must be endorsed as meeting the requirements of procedure 24;
  • You must have an Australian Business Number (ABN); and
  • A criminal history check is required for all key personnel in the workshop.

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






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

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Surface Transport Policy

Act(s) name

Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989 (Australian Government)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Surface Transport Policy

Operating address:
111 Alinga Street
Australian Capital Territory 2600


02 6274 7111


1800 075 001

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