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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

The Vehicle Safety Standards – RAWS Record Keeping factsheet has important information relevant to your RAWS approval. The factsheet explains why a RAW is obligated under the Act and Regulations to retain records for up to 10 years. Non-compliance could result in your RAW approval being cancelled or suspended. Please take the time to read the factsheet.

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

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: 20 September, 2018