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Vehicle Safety Standards (VSS) has has developed arrangements for the fitment of Stationary Noise Labels on ‘LC’ category electric motorcycles Stationary Noise Labels on electric bikes are to be marked as ‘Not Applicable’ rather than ‘0 dB’ as is currently the case.

In consideration of these arrangements, it is noted:

·      ADR83 requires the fitment of a Stationary Noise Label on ‘LC’ category motorcycles including electric bikes

·      Electric bikes are exempt in the ADR from a requirement to conduct a stationary noise test

·      Current labels include a noise value of ‘0 dB’ which is unachievable as background noise during a test would be at least ‘40 dB’

·      Noise labels are used by state authorities to check noise pollution in the community

In support of this decision:

·      This approach will be consistent with UN ECE approval authorities

·      The ADR83 requirement to fit a label is met while indicating that a stationary noise test has not been undertaken

To progress any applications for approval, manufacturers should submit a normal Summary of Evidence (SE) form for ADR 83/00 attaching a copy of the letter of 21 May 2020 from VSS to the FCAI advising of the new arrangements.

If you require additional information about the certification process please contact Umesh Shamdasani by email at: umesh.shamdasani@infrastructure.gov.au or rvcs@infrastructure.gov.au



Vehicle Safety Standards (VSS) has been experiencing technical issues with the RVCS IT system. These issues are impacting our abilities to receive, process and approve applications for Identification Plate Approvals.

The IT fault has been isolated, and VSS is expecting to be operating with normal RVCS functionality next week. VSS will allocate additional resources to resolve backlogged applications and reduce the impact on industry.

Please be assured VSS is focused on resolving the RVCS IT issues and regrets any inconveniences to industry while this matter is being addressed.

If you require additional information about the certification process please contact Umesh Shamdasani by email at: umesh.shamdasani@infrastructure.gov.au or rvcs@infrastructure.gov.au



Initial release of:

·      SE 35/06 - Interim Form

Update to:

·      SE 95/00

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Christmas Closure Period

The Vehicle Safety Standards office will be closed from the 24th of December 2019 to the 2nd of January 2020.

During this period applications for RVCS will be prevented from being submitted to avoid delays with application processing and submission issues.

ADR 38/05 - Trailer Brake Systems

As a result of the closure period the previous advice regarding the deadline for ADR 38/05 Rollover forms acceptance will be amended.

The revised deadline for ADR 38/05 Rollover form submissions is now the 24th of December 2019. To benefit from this opportunity, all eligible trailer variants should be entered on a Rollover form and submitted prior to this date.

If you require additional information about the certification process for ADR 38/05 please contact Umesh Shamdasani by email at: umesh.shamdasani@infrastructure.gov.au or heavy.trailers@infrastructure.gov.au



ADR 38/05 - Trailer Brake Systems

Applications for ADR 38/05 are currently receiving priority assessment to ensure trailer manufactures continue to supply vehicles to the market.

The Department will continue to accept ADR 38/05 Rollover forms past 28th October 2019 until end of this year 31st December 2019 to allow industry flexibility in making submissions.

However, as ADR 38/05 is applicable to all heavy trailers from 1st November 2019, approvals without an approved ADR 38/05 submission will lapse past 1st November 2019.

If you require additional information about the certification process for ADR 38/05 please contact Umesh Shamdasani by email at: umesh.shamdasani@infrastructure.gov.au or heavy.trailers@infrastructure.gov.au



Initial release of:

·      SE 33/01

·      SE 86/00

·      SE 87/00

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ADR 38/05 - Trailer Brake Systems

This advice is provided to clarify the actions required by the trailer manufacturing industry to meet the requirements of ADR38/05, which comes into effect on 1 November 2019. The department has become aware that there is some confusion between the requirements for roll over of trailer variants under IPAs issued under the existing Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA) and the eventual opt in process under the new Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) which is yet to commence operation.

This advice elaborates on previous advice released on the 29th August and 10th October 2019 and further clarifies timelines and processes required to ensure continued compliance of trailer Identification Type Approvals (IPAs) and Sub-Assembly Registration Numbers (SARNs). Trailer variants that are currently approved to ADR 38/04 under valid IPAs are eligible for rollover provided they are using ADR 38/05 compliant SARNs. The submissions for ADR 38/05 rollover of trailer variants must be made before 28th October 2019 5pm (AEDT).

It is essential applicants check the RVCS system to ensure all listed SARNs are ADR 38/05 compliant before finalising the declaration and submitting applications under the MVSA. In order to rollover eligible trailer variants, manufacturers are required to complete the “Trailer Brake Systems for Existing Trailer Variants” SE form (‘rollover form’). Eligible trailer variants listed on the ‘rollover form’ are not required to provide brake calculations for their ‘rollover’ application(s) under the MVSA.

However, if SARN data has changed since ADR 38/04, then additional calculations are required to be provided for trailer approvals when braking calculations fall within five percent of the upper or lower boundary limits, as defined by Figure 1 of ADR 38/05. If additional brake calculations are required for trailer IPAs, they must be submitted and approvals corrected before the manufacturers exercise the opt in arrangement under the RVSA. These supplementary brake calculations are not required to be submitted before the 1st November 2019 rollover under MVSA.

Trailer manufacturers and SARN holders not intending to maintain their approval(s) and/or Sub-Assembly Registration Number(s) after 1 November 2019 should contact the department to notify which approval(s) and/or SARNs will be surrendered.

Previous advice stated on the 10 October 2019 noted penalties up to $63,000 under the RVSA for the provision of false declarations. While it is important to note that these penalties won’t be applicable prior to the RVSA coming into effect, applicants will need to consider the risks involved in rolling this evidence over into the RVSA through the opt in process.

The Department is prioritising the assessment of 38/05 applications to support industry to roll over existing approvals to maintain continuity of trailer supply after 1 November. Please note that applications for new 38/04 variants received after 1 October 2019 will not be assessed before the 1 November deadline. The Department will assess all 38/05 applications and requests that any 38/04 submissions made after 1 October be resubmitted as 38/05 applications to be assessed within the Department’s 32 day service charter.

If you require additional information about the certification process for ADR 38/05 please contact Umesh Shamdasani by email at: umesh.shamdasani@infrastructure.gov.au or heavy.trailers@infrastructure.gov.au



ADR 38/05 - Trailer Brake Systems

ADR 38/05 will mandate Electronic Stability Control (ESC) for new heavy vehicle trailers and is aimed at reducing heavy vehicle rollovers and similar loss-of-control crashes.

More than 200 people are killed on Australian roads each year as a result of fatal crashes involving heavy trucks or buses. Approximately 20 per cent of those tragic deaths can be linked to rollovers or loss of control, so by having advanced braking systems fitted we can save an estimated 126 lives and reduce the number of serious injuries by more than 1,000 over the period of regulation.

Heavy vehicles represent three per cent of registered Australian vehicles and account for just over eight per cent of total vehicle kilometres travelled on public roads, but on average, they are involved in close to 17 per cent of fatal crashes.

Feedback from industry and road agencies to the Regulation Impact Statement indicated broad support for the introduction of new ADRs for ESC and related Roll Stability Control (RSC) systems.

The applicability date for ADR 38/05 for all models of heavy trailers is 1 November 2019.

In order to achieve the lifesaving benefits of ADR38/05, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (the Department) and industry need to work collaboratively to ensure that applications for new trailer approvals appropriately meet the updated standard.

The Department assures adherence with ADR38/05 through the certification process where evidence and declarations are assessed prior to an approval being granted. Post approval compliance activities are a secondary form of action the Department can utilise to provide assurance that trailers are being supplied to market in line with approvals.

Given there is limited time before the 1 November 2019 applicability date, the Department is willing to take a risk based approach to certifying Sub Assembly Registration Numbers (SARNs) and trailer Identification Plate Approvals (IPAs). The Department will accept SE form 38/05 for brake subassemblies and SE 38/05 Rollover form for already approved trailer variants under IPA approvals.

For smooth transition to ADR 38/05 the Department requests manufacturers to:

·      Pay application fees on submission to avoid delays;

·      Ensure that the trailer/SARN design is compliant with the ADR 38/05 requirements;

·      Ensure SE 38/05 form requirements are completed in full and there are no warnings (bells or crosses) on the submitted form as that allows approvals to be issued efficiently with rollover; and

·      Not make submissions for ADR 38/04.

The Department will prioritise assessment of SARN 38/05 forms as the updated SARNs will be required to be included in the trailer IPA applications.

The issues raised in discussion items for current SARN submissions will be followed up with industry for resolution before RVSA implementation using compliance and audit processes.

Industry should submit all trailer forms for ADR 38/05 by 28 October 2019 to enable the Department to approve these forms before 1 November 2019. Any trailer models not approved by 1 November 2019 will not be able to be supplied to the market.

The Department is not able to grant extension on ADR applicability past 1 November 2019 as the date is fixed in the ADR.

Noting the adoption of a risk based approach to the certification process, it is the Department’s intention to place an enhanced focus on post approval compliance activities including an extensive desktop audit of SARN data and IPA approvals to be undertaken between 1st November and the commencement of RVSA. This is necessary to ensure that the right set of data is available when industry applies for Component Type Approvals or ‘opt-ins’ to type approvals under RVSA.

This approach places responsibility on vehicle manufacturers (and their agents) to ensure declarations being made in relation to SARNs and IPAs are correct. It is important to ensure that the data on SARNs/trailer IPAs is correct before RVSA implementation. Making a false or misleading declaration in an application, or giving the department false or misleading information, may be a breach of the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) under sections 31 or 32 of the RVSA. Breaches (including criminal offences or contraventions of civil penalty provisions) could result in penalties for a company of up to 300 penalty units per breach, which currently equates to $63,000. We may impose such financial penalties through court action or by infringement notice.

If we found that approval holders had made false or misleading declarations in relation to their evidence of compliance with ADR 38/05 that carries over to RVSA type approvals, the department is likely to consider an enforcement response such as a financial penalty, and/or possible suspension of an approval. Before making any declaration in an application, or providing any information under the RVSA, applicants, approval holders and agents must ensure that this information is true, complete and correct.

If you require additional information about the certification process for ADR 38/05 please contact Umesh Shamdasani by email at: umesh.shamdasani@infrastructure.gov.au or heavy.trailers@infrastructure.gov.au



Revision of Administrator's Circular 0-4-6 and Fact Sheet

The revised circular and factsheet clarifies the Commonwealth’s position in relation to Second Stage Manufacturers (SSM) specifying increases to Gross Combination Mass (GCM).

As there are no ADRs that require the GCM of a light vehicle (ie a vehicle less than 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass) to be certified by testing or evidence provided by a manufacturer, the Department does not assess, endorse or approve any purported change to a light vehicle’s GCM specification by a SSM.

It is also important to note that the Department does not restrict or prohibit GCM upgrades, as they are an in service matter that is the responsibility of state and territory registration authorities.

The Department recommends that SSMs consult with relevant State or Territory government agencies before purporting to specify a different GCM than that specified by the OEM for a vehicle to ensure this is consistent with any applicable State or Territory laws.

This advice and the updated circular and factsheet overrides all previous advice in relation to this issue, including the update issued on 29/6/2018.



Initial release of:

·      SE 03/04

·      SE 34/03

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The Department has published a new Summary of Evidence form for ADR 38/05 - Trailer Brake Systems for Existing Trailer Variants, that allows "rollover" of existing trailer variants that use compliant brake sub-assemblies. Additionally the following concessions have been granted to industry to enable smoother transition of industry to ADR 38/05.

·      A six month extension for Control System sub-assembly manufacturers to complete testing to ADR 38/05 and obtain approval before 30 April 2020.

·      Allow “rollover” to ADR 38/05 for pneumatic trailer brake systems where all brake componentry fitted is compliant with ADR 38/05.

·      Allow “rollover” to ADR 38/05 for electro pneumatic trailer brake systems that have results not close to the upper and lower operating limits specified in the ADR and where all brake componentry fitted is compliant with ADR 38/05.

Initial release of:

·      SE 38/05 - Trailer Brake Systems for Existing Trailer Variants

The Department has published an amended Summary of Evidence form for ADR 96/00 for Commercial Vehicle tyres. The new streamlined ADR 96/00 SE form alleviates the need for resubmissions in the event of new tyres supplied by the vehicle manufacturer. The actual evidence of compliance to ADR 96/00 will need to be retained by the manufacturer and will be sought by the Department during physical/desktop audit.

Update to:

·      SE 96/00

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Update to:

·      38/05 SS

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Possible extension of commencement of Road Vehicle Standards legislation

The Australian Government is seeking to extend the commencement date of the Road Vehicle Standards legislation following an extensive consultation process. Feedback has indicated that industry needs more time to plan and implement changes to ensure a smooth transition to the new regulatory framework.

The Government has therefore introduced legislation into Parliament that, if passed, will delay commencement of the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 and related legislation.

The Government remains committed to implementing these policy reforms, but rather than risk disadvantaging Australian businesses that may not be sufficiently prepared for the reforms, the Government will seek to set a new commencement date in consultation with all affected industry sectors.


Update to:

·      SE 23/03

·      SE 95/00

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Initial release of:

·      SE 23/03

·      SE 35/06

·      SF 35/06

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Update to:

·      SE 94/00

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Initial release of:

·      SE 38/05

·      SE 95/00

·      SE 96/00

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Initial release of:

·      SE 4/06

·      SE 5/06

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Update to:

·      38/05 SS

·      SE 94/00

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Initial release of:

·      38/05 CS

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Update to:

·      SE 94/00

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Update to:

·      SE 91/00

·      SE 94/00

·      38/FB

·      38/SS

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Update to:

·      SARN 38/..

·      38/FB

·      38/SS

·      CA Trailer

·      BoostList.txt

·      Chlisits.txt (this file populates drop-down menus in SE forms)

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The Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) and associated legislation will commence on 10 December 2019 and the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) will be repealed on the same day. 


Licensees who hold valid Identification Plate Approvals (IPAs) issued under MVSA will, however, be able to continue to supply vehicles in the transitional period from 10 December 2019 to 9 December 2020. This is in line with the latest possible date allowed for under the Road Vehicle Standards (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2018.  


Licensees holding IPAs may also ‘opt in’ and convert their existing valid MVSA approvals to RVSA approvals in the first six months of the transitional period if they acknowledge, and declare they satisfy the conditions of RVSA Type Approvals.  


Any MVSA approval that does not transfer over to RVSA using opt in will remain in force only until the end of the transitional period, 9 December 2020.  The above transitional arrangements only apply to approvals issued under the MVSA. From 10 December 2019, any new applications for type approvals must meet the requirements of the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018.


Please find below the text that will be appended to all new and amending MVSA approvals on Schedule 5 from March 2019 onward:




Initial release of SE form for Universal International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (U-IWVTA).

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Update to:

·      SF 31_35

·      SE 42/04

·      Blank Form

·      chlists.txt (this file populates drop-down menus in SE forms)

Initial release of:

·      SE 31/04

·      SE 42/05

·      SE 88/00

·      SE 89/00

·      SE 90/00

·      SE 92/00

·      SE 93/00

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Road Vehicle Compliance Update – December 2018

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

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

·      Consultation on the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation implementation

·      Electronic SE forms

·      Reporting vehicle safety or non-compliance issues

·      Voluntary recalls – new template for monthly reports

·      2017-18 Annual Stakeholder Survey and Regulator Self-Assessment

·      A reminder of contact points for Vehicle Safety Standards




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


Vehicle Safety Standards - Annual Stakeholder Survey

Vehicle Safety Standards Branch within the The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development is commencing its annual assessment of its performance as a regulator under the Australian Government’s Regulator Performance Framework.

The annual self-assessment provides us with the opportunity to assess the outcomes of our efforts as a regulator and identify opportunities for improvement. 

To inform this assessment, we would like to hear the views of our stakeholders on our performance over 2017-18 in relation to our administration of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989.

Our annual stakeholder survey to collect these views is now open for responses. It will only take 5-10 minutes of your time to complete.

Please go to our website to take the survey and for more information.

Survey responses will be accepted until Sunday 16 September 2018.

Your feedback through this survey will help us to objectively assess our performance against the Regulator Performance Framework and identify areas for improvement.




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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