Approval to Import and Supply a Vehicle - Australian Government


You will require this approval if you intend to import and sell a new or second-hand vehicle into Australia. There are several types of approval available depending on the type of vehicle being imported (such as car, trailer, mining equipment) and its intended use (racing, exhibition, vehicle evaluation, rallying). Approval is required for both the importation of the vehicle and the supply of the vehicle within the Australian Market.

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

Permission to import a vehicle must be obtained prior to the vehicle being imported. The vehicle must comply with national standards and have identification plates. Some exemptions exist.

For example, approval can be obtained to import non-standard road vehicles or vehicles without identification plates if the vehicle was manufactured before 1 January 1989.

Applicants should also consult with the Agency regarding applicable tariffs and quarantine provisions, or State or Territory registering authorities for registration requirements.

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




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $50.00


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Vehicle Import System - Online (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 Australian Government

Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Surface Transport Policy

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries

Surface Transport Policy

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Operating address: 111 Alinga Street
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1800 075 001
Phone: 02 6274 7111