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Welcome to RAWS

This part of the website will provide you with all the information you need to setup and operate under the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme (RAWS).

The RAWS allows for the importation and supply of used specialist or enthusiast vehicles to the market in Australia. Under this scheme, only a Registered Automotive Workshop can import a used vehicle into Australia.

A Registered Automotive Workshop is a business that has been approved to import and plate up to 100 used vehicles (per vehicle category), per year. Please see the About RAWS page for further information.

Latest Updates

Changes as a result of the delayed commencement of the Road Vehicle Standards legislation

The Australian Government recognises that some stakeholders have been adversely affected by the postponement of the commencement of the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation.

It is not the Government’s intention to unnecessarily disadvantage businesses or individuals as a result of this decision. The Government therefore intends to implement a range of measures to minimise the negative impact of the postponement on affected stakeholders.

In essence, this will entail enabling access to specialist and enthusiast vehicles and older vehicles (vehicles older than 25 years old) that would have been available under the RVS legislation had it commenced. The Government has commenced working with industry representative organisations on the detail of these measures to enable practical implementation from 10 December 2019. More detailed information will be published on this website once this work has been finalised.

Applications for older vehicles will be able to be made from 10 December 2019. Under this option, the vehicle must meet the eligibility criteria under rule 36 of the Road Vehicle Standards Rules 2019.

In addition, existing approved Registered Automotive Workshops (RAWs) will not be required to have a quality management system certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2000. However, existing approved RAWs must continue to maintain a quality management system similar to the previously certified system. Until full commencement of the RVS legislation, a new applicant for a RAW approval is required to have a quality management system in accordance with regulation 48 of the Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989.

Extension of commencement of Road Vehicle Standards legislation

The Australian Government has extended the commencement date of the Road Vehicle Standards legislation to ensure that governments, manufacturers and importers have sufficient time to prepare for the transition to the new arrangements.

The Government will continue to work with all affected stakeholders to agree on and set a new commencement date, which will be no later than 1 July 2021. Further updates on matters related to the Road Vehicle Standards legislation will continue to be posted on the Road Vehicle Standards legislation implementation webpage of the Department’s website.

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

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:

  • enables suppliers to raise issues and experiences of common interest in relation to recalls, and
  • 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 infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/recalls/rvr

Compliance Activity

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:

  • Left to right hand drive steering conversions
  • Validity of RAWS test evidence
  • Assessment of quality management systems

When conducting audits and inspections, the department will be focusing in detail on these issues.

All other aspects of RAWS audits and inspections will be conducted in accordance with current processes.

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with your obligations and requirements relating to these topics. Further details can be obtained by contacting the department on raws.info@infrastructure.gov.au.

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Last Updated: 8 October, 2019