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This page last updated 17/09/2018



The Vehicle Safety Standards Branch (VSSB) monitors progress of voluntary recalls for  road vehicles in the Australian market.  We have developed a new template in a Microsoft Excel format to enable manufacturers and suppliers of road vehicles to more efficiently report progress of voluntary recalls to us.


The template will be available in the recalls section of the department’s website.


We will continue to accept voluntary recall updates until 30 November 2018 in the format that manufacturers currently use. After this date, manufacturers and suppliers should provide all voluntary recall updates using the new template.


It is anticipated that the use of the template will reduce the administrative burden on companies supplying recall updates to us and improve the accuracy of the monitoring process. It should be noted that this template is only for the updates of existing voluntary recalls. The process for the initial notification of a voluntary recall has not changed.







Road Vehicle Compliance Update - August 2018

The August issue of the Road Vehicle Compliance Update has been released.

In this issue of the Road Vehicle Compliance Update you will find information on:

·       Our annual stakeholder survey

·       Our areas of compliance focus for 2018-19

·       Heavy vehicles- certification issues

·       Heavy trailers –conformity of production

·       Heavy trailers - Recording Schedule 5 conditions to the Identification Plate Approval (IPA) for Over Dimension heavy trailer configurations (ADR 43)

·       ADR79 (Emission Control for Light Vehicles) desktop audits results

·       RAWS test report requirements

·       The release of new circulars

·       Concessional import requirements

·       The establishment of new consultation groups





Update to RVD1 form and chlists.txt (this file populates drop-down menus in SE forms). Go to the Form Download page





Establishment of the Road Vehicle Recalls Working Group

On 7 February 2018 the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, introduced the Road Vehicle Standards package of legislation (RVS legislation) into Parliament.


The RVS legislation will benefit industry, the consumer and the regulator to deliver safer roads by modernising current processes. A significant inclusion in the RVS legislation are recall provisions.


The recall provisions under the RVS legislation apply to road vehicles, and approved road vehicle components. They empower the Minister to issue a recall notice for a compulsory recall, and set out the obligations on suppliers in relation to notifying the Minister of certain information about a compulsory or voluntary recall.


Infrastructure proposes to establish a working group, to be known as the Road Vehicle Recalls (RVR) Working Group, which would provide a forum that:

1.     enables suppliers to raise issues and experiences of common interest in relation to recalls, and

2.     facilitates industry-departmental consultation and engagement in relation to the implementation and administration of the recall provisions under the RVS legislation by Infrastructure.


Further information about the RVR Working Group is available at https://infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/recalls/index.aspx




This update clarifies clause 10.6 requirements for recently issued Administrator’s Circular 0-4-6 (Issue 4, June 2018).

Circular 0-4-6 was amended to include arrangements for SSM Light Vehicles that have been subject to a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) upgrade under Clause 10.

The guidance provided by the Circular 0-4-6 applies to Light Vehicles that includes NA (GVM up to 3.5 tonnes) and NB1 (GVM over 3.5 tonnes and up to 4.5 tonnes) category vehicles.

The revised circular applies to new applications and new amendments to existing Identification Plate Approvals (IPAs).  The Circular will not affect the existing IPAs held by the second stage manufacturers. Existing IPA holders can continue to supply to the market vehicles covered by the approved Road Vehicle Descriptors (RVDs).  This includes vehicles where the approved RVD has variants that exceed the first stage manufacturer’s Gross Combination Mass (GCM) rating or Rated Towing Capacity or Maximum Braked Towing Mass rating.  The second stage manufacturers need to ensure that the current approved RVDs should refer to the current approved RVDs for the first stage manufacturer.

The option of GCM or towing capacity upgrade may be available to consumers in some State/Territory jurisdictions, after the vehicle is supplied to the market.



Update to chlists.txt (this file populates drop-down menus in SE forms). Go to the Form Download page






Road Vehicle Compliance Update

The second issue of the Road Vehicle Compliance Update has been released.

In Road Vehicle Compliance Update Issue 2 you will find updates on:

§                            the Department’s current areas of compliance focus for new vehicle manufacturers and Registered Automotive Workshops

§                            non-compliance and safety issues with small trailers

§                            import requirements for mopeds

§                            new guidance material for non-road vehicles

§                            the compulsory recall of Takata airbags

§                            asbestos in vehicles




Compliance Activities

In response to some identified compliance issues, the Department is currently focusing on a number of areas as part of its compliance monitoring activities. These include:

§                            Emergency exits on buses

§                            Quality management systems - design change control procedures

§                            Left to right hand drive steering conversions

§                            Manufacturers’ recall procedures

§                            Conformity of Production performance for heavy trailer manufacturers

The Department will be focusing in detail on these aspects of compliance when conducting audits and inspections on new vehicle manufacturers.

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with your obligations and requirements relating to these topics. To assist, the Department has released two new fact sheets on design change control and emergency exit requirements for double deck buses





On 28 February 2018, the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, the Hon Michael Sukkar MP, issued a compulsory recall for all vehicles with defective Takata airbags.


The ACCC is responsible for administering the compulsory recall. A copy of the notice, and further information about the compulsory recall, is available on the Product Safety Australia website.





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Consultation commences 29 Jan 2018 until 9 Feb 2018

On 13 December 2017, the Government released an exposure draft of the Road Vehicle Standards package of legislation, proposed to replace the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989. 


The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (Infrastructure) is running information sessions in major capitals around Australia from 29 January until 9 February 2018 to brief industry and the community. The sessions are filling up and interested participants are required to register online.

Additional information on the Road Vehicles Standard Exposure Draft is available on the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities website.

For any questions regarding submissions or information sessions please email MVSAreview@infrastructure.gov.au.






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