On 28 November 2018, the Hon Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, announced that the Road Vehicle Standards Bills passed through Parliament. The Bills subsequently received Royal Assent on 10 December 2018 and the main provisions of the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 will come into effect on 10 December 2019. This date also marks the commencement of a 12 month transitional period during which transitional arrangements will be in place, allowing some approval holders to continue operating under existing approvals until 10 December 2020. The Road Vehicle Standards package of legislation includes:
The Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) will replace the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) and deliver an updated and modernised system to regulate the first provision of road vehicles to the Australian market.
The Road Vehicle Standards (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2018 contains provisions to support the commencement of RVSA as it replaces the MVSA as the Australian Government's primary legislation for regulating road vehicles.
The Government recognises that existing businesses will need additional time to transition their operations into the new regulatory arrangements. This Act enables most MVSA approval holders to be able to continue importing and providing vehicles under their existing approvals until late 2020.
The Road Vehicle Standards Charges (Imposition – General) Act 2018; The Road Vehicle Standards Charges (Imposition – Customs) Act 2018; The Road Vehicle Standards Charges (Imposition – Excise) Act 2018 provide authority for the Australian Government to impose charges to recover the costs associated with the administration of the RVSA.