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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.

Compliance Activity

In line with the Vehicle Safety Standards Regulatory Risk Framework, a range of compliance and regulatory issues have been identified for increased scrutiny over the next six months. As a result, officers from the Department conducting RAWS audits and inspections will be focusing in detail on the following items:

  • Left to right steering conversions
  • Validity of RAWS test evidence
  • Assessment of RAWS Quality Management Systems

All other aspects of RAWS audits and inspections shall be conducted in accordance with previous processes. Further details can be obtained by contacting the Department on raws.info@infrastructure.gov.au.

Draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) has been released

The Australian Government released a draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) [DOCDOCX: 213 KB] [PDFPDF: 1054 KB] outlining how it proposes to recover the costs of administering the proposed Road Vehicle Standards Act and related legislation for the information and consideration of all stakeholders.

The draft CRIS outlines two cost recovery charging arrangements and proposed charges for stakeholders to consider and provide feedback on. Submissions from stakeholders are due close of business 16 February 2018 and will need to be submitted via email to MVSAreview@infrastructure.gov.au. Consultation on the draft CRIS will commence from Monday, 5 February in conjunction with the Road Vehicle Standards package of legislation, which provides the context for the charges being proposed in the draft CRIS.

Interested stakeholders who attended consultation sessions for the Road Vehicle Standards package of legislation from 29 to 31 January are invited to access the draft online.

The outcomes of this consultation process will inform the government's final decision on the fees and charges to apply under the proposed Road Vehicle Standards Act. The final fees and charges will be set out in subsidiary legislation, which cannot be made until after Parliament has passed the bills. Stakeholders should note that fees and charges will not change before 2019.

For questions regarding CRIS Submissions or the consultation, please email MVSAreview@infrastructure.gov.au.

Consultation commenced 29 Jan 2018 until 9 Feb 2018

In December last year, 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.


Last Updated: 6 February, 2018