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Guide to Vehicle Type Approval opt-in arrangements
Regulating vehicle type approvals under the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation takes a different approach to the treatment of Identification Plate Approvals (IPAs) under the Motor
Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA).
Some approval holders under the MVSA can use opt-in arrangements to transition their existing approval to a road vehicle type approval under the RVS legislation – in force for 5 years – without providing evidence they meet the eligibility criteria.
The Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) replaced the MVSA on 1 July 2021. It is being administered by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the department).
The detail of how the new regulatory framework operates is contained in the Road Vehicle Standards Rules 2019 (the Rules). The RVSA, the Rules and other related legislation are collectively referred to as the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation.
Road vehicle type approval regulation is key to the Australian Government’s ability to ensure Australians are provided with safe, secure and environmentally-friendly road vehicles.