Update to SF 31_35 form. Go to the Form Download Page



A revised version of Administrator's Circular 0-2-13 Certification of New Low Production Passenger Cars (MA Category), Issue 4, November 2016, has been published on the Department's website. This revision clarifies clauses 1.4 and 2.2.1 and removes Australian Design Rules that are no longer applicable. Go to Administrator's Circulars



Reminder: ADR 79/04 and ADR 31/03 are applicable to a range of new vehicle categories from 1 November 2016. Please refer to these ADRs for more information. They are available online here:



Update to New Low Volume Vehicle Scheme Evidence Examination Procedures for ADR 31/03 and ADR79/04.
Please use this information in parallel with the New Low Volume Vehicle Scheme Evidence Examination Procedures manual version 2.5.

Evidence examination procedures of ADR 31/03:
Page 40 of the manual:
Minimum Scope: 1. ESC and BAS functional requirements. All other requirements remain.

Page 41 of the manual, Note b)
b) the low volume scheme, where it has been exempted from (overseas) national requirements for ESC and BAS due to it being limited production volume. For example, vehicles produced under the European Community Small Series Type Approval (ECSSTA) scheme would be exempt.

Evidence examination procedures of ADR 79/04:
Page 71 of the manual:

For ADR 79/03 or 79/04 expect to see evidence the vehicles comply with:
a) UN Regulation 83/06 (also acceptable for ADR 79/04),
b) EC Regulation 692/2008 implementing and amending EC Regulation 715/2007 (note there are several subsequent amending regulations (566/2011, 459/2012, 630/2012, 143/2013) that may be reflected in approval documents),
c) US EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 or lower.



New Administrator's Circular 0-4-31. Go to Administrator's Circulars



Updates to SE 2/01, 14/02, 31/03, 35/05 and 74/00 forms, as well as SF 31_35 form. Go to the Form Download Page



Running Changes to Control System Brake Sub-Assemblies for Trailers:

Australian Design Rule (ADR) 38/xx makes provision for trailer manufacturers to perform calculations as a means of demonstrating that a trailer complies with the requirements of the ADR. These calculations must use data from registered Sub-Assemblies, that is, from Sub-Assemblies which have a Sub Assembly Registration Number (SARN). SARNs will be issued to Sub-Assemblies which have been shown to comply with the requirements of ADR 38/xx.

Specific to Control System (CS) SARNs, a running change is a change in the specification of the registered Sub-Assembly which is made during the production life of the Sub-Assembly.

Any changes to components of a CS SARN which has an effect on the characteristics of the sub assembly with respect to compliance with ADR 38/xx will require retesting. If it can be demonstrated by testing that the Input/Output (I/O) ratios of the control system do not alter by more than 5 % from the original registered system, then it is acceptable to have the new components registered for use in the existing sub assembly, as a variant, provided time response measurements continue to comply. The values for maximum actuator volumes used during the time response tests for the modified system must be the same, or larger than that used for the original system. In these cases, the original registered system data will continue to be used.

An application for a new CS SARN will need to be made if the above conditions cannot be met. In cases where registered CS SARNs have been previously amended or varied so that performance is in excess of the abovementioned 5%, an application for a new SARN will need to be made and notification sent to the Department that the new SARN submission replaces the original SARN. The original SARN will also need to be surrendered. This will ensure continuing compliance of vehicles in service and eliminate ambiguity. One new SARN will be issued without fee by way of replacement for the surrendered SARN.


Click here to view the Control System Application Flow Chart




Update to SE 10/01 form. Go to the Form Download Page



Passive steerable axles

The Department is harmonising with the definition from the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation with regard to steerable axles:

Steerable axle means a single axle that connects the wheels of a vehicle to a steering mechanism for the vehicle.

This definition applies to a single axle regardless of whether the axle will steer in an active or passive manner. For all intents and purposes a caster steer axle is considered a steerable axle and will be treated as such when determining the Centre of an Axle Group. Affected approval holders should review relevant approvals and update them within RVCS.



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



New SE 85/00 form; update to SE 61/02 and SE 79/04 forms. Go to the Form Download Page



Manufacturers undertaking left hand to right hand conversion on  vehicles sourced from America and associated markets will be allowed to amend the GVM or GVWR from the original value of 10 000 lb, to 4495 kg, allowing these vehicles to be certified under NB1 vehicle category rather than NB2 category.  Manufacturers will be allowed to hold two separate approvals under both NB1 and NB2 vehicle category for the same vehicle.  Manufacturers holding existing approvals under NB2 vehicle category and seeking approval under NB1 vehicle category will have to submit new application under the NB1 vehicle category as single approval cannot cover both vehicle categories.  This option can be exercised by both full/low volume manufacturers with immediate effect.  This is to account for the slight discrepancy in category thresholds between USA and associated markets and the Australian market.  This will not apply to new or used trailers, or to the used vehicles supplied under the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme. The vehicles will have to comply with all the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) applicable to the relevant vehicle category under which the vehicle is complied.  If you have any further queries regarding this, please contact Gavin Klingner on or phone 02 6274 7811.    




New Administrator's Circulars 35/05-1-1 and 38/04-1-1. Go to Administrator's Circulars