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Roads and road transport

Australian Design Rules - third edition

National standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions. The standards apply to vehicles new, imported as new or second hand vehicles.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Australian road rules

Offers a link to the basic rules of the road for motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians, passengers and others. Used to form the basis of the road rules of each Australian state and territory.

National Transport Commission

Australian vehicle standards

Australian Design Rules (ADR) govern the design and construction of new vehicles.  Australian Vehicle Standards Rules (AVSR) cover combinations, modifications and wear and tear/maintenance. Includes National Heavy Vehicle Dimensions.

National Transport Commission


As the association of Australian and New Zealand road transport and traffic authorities, provides expert technical input to national policy development on road and road transport issues.


Fuel schemes essentials

Provides credits and grants to reduce the costs of some fuels or provides a benefit to encourage the recycling of waste oils.

Australian Taxation Office

Fuel Tax Credit for Heavy Diesel Vehicles

Businesses wishing to seek a fuel tax credit for the use of diesel fuel in a heavy road vehicle must satisfy one of four environmental criteria to be eligible for the credit. Includes publication Guidelines for Environmental Criteria—Fuel Tax Credit for Heavy Diesel Vehicles.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Importing vehicles into Australia

Provides vehicle importing and certification requirements for those wanting to import vehicles into Australia.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Intelligent Access Program (IAP)

Uses the Global Navigational Satellite System to monitor heavy vehicles' road use, giving transport operators flexible access to the Australian road network to suit their specific business and operational needs.

Transport Certification Australia

Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme

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. Find a listing of approved workshops and their schedule of approved vehicle models.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Road and road transport authorities

State and territory governments have responsibility for roads and road transport. Provides links to state and territory road transport authorities.

Road report (NT)

An essential service for all road users in the Northern Territory, the Road Report website provides up to date road condition information for all government controlled roads.

Department of Infrastructure [NT]

Road rules

Learning to drive? Travelling interstate? Make sure you know the road rules. Provides links to state and territory road rules information.

Road safety

Programs that support road safety including administering vehicle safety standards for new vehicles; the National Black Spot Program and other road funding; the keys2drive and Seatbelts for Regional School Buses programs; producing national road safety statistics; and coordinating the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Road Vehicle Certification System (RVCS)

Allows vehicle manufacturers to electronically certify that the vehicles that they supply to the Australian market meet prescribed safety standards specified in the Australian Design Rules (ADRs). To use RVCS you must be registered.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development


Provides information and services that support continued improvement to road transport infrastructure. Includes road transport and vehicles legislation; vehicle safety standards; importing a motor vehicle, vehicle design rules and certification; transport for people with disabilities and vehicle emissions, noise and energy issues.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Transport Certification Australia

Provides assurance in the use of telematics and related intelligent technologies, to support the current and emerging needs of Australian governments.

Transport Certification Australia

Truck Buyers Guide

Choosing a small or medium sized truck or commercial vehicle can be a complicated exercise. The guide provides a step by step guide to help you make a well informed choice that suits your business needs while minimising fuel consumption.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Vehicle regulation

Provides links to vehicle standards, vehicle recalls and vehicle design rules.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Vehicle standards bulletins

Publications in the Vehicle Standards Bulletin (VSB) series provide information on the design, manufacture, sale, modification, maintenance, import and repair of road vehicles. The term 'road vehicles' includes both motor vehicles and trailers.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

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