Performance Based Standards Design Approval - Victoria


You will need this approval if you intend to design a heavy vehicle and want to participate in the Performance-Based Standards Scheme (PBS). The PBS is a safety and infrastructure accreditation scheme which has implications for road network access. A heavy vehicle is a vehicle with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) or an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) of more than 4.5 tonnes.

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
  • freight customers / shippers.

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.

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Act(s) name

Heavy Vehicle National Law Application Act 2013 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Heavy Vehicle (General) National Regulation 2013 Victoria

Application process


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
  • 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
  • any other information requested.

Administering agency

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

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