Compliance and Enforcement Strategy 2023 – 2026

From 1 July 2023, only the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation governs the design, manufacture,

importation and first provision of all road vehicles in Australia, as well as certain road vehicle components.  The Compliance and Enforcement Strategy 2023 – 2026 outlines how the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (the Department), will conduct its compliance and enforcement activities under the RVSA. The strategy informs the community, the automotive industry, regulated entities and other regulatory agencies about the Department’s compliance and enforcement priorities and focus areas from 2023 to 2026.  This new strategy replaces the previous Compliance and Enforcement Strategy 2021-2023, which was developed for use during the RVSA transition period.

Priorities from 2023 to 2026

  • The Department will continue educate and engage with industry with the aim to raise understanding and awareness of regulatory obligations and to encourage voluntary compliance.
  • The Department will continue to provide general and targeted information on the Department’s website that will assist industry in understanding the compliance and enforcement approach.
  • The Department will proactively monitor industry compliance in the identified Focus Areas.
  • The Department will monitor industry compliance, leveraging information obtained through targeted intelligence products.
  • The Department will continue to review and refine the compliance and enforcement approach under the RVS legislation, including implementing various policies and procedures, and building the compliance and enforcement capacity and capability through recruitment and ongoing training.
  • The Department will further develop the intelligence gathering and analysis capability.

Focus Areas for Compliance and Enforcement

  1. Approval holders participating in the concessional RAV entry pathway:
    • Approved Model Reports
    • Registered automotive workshops (RAWs)
    • Authorised vehicle verifiers (AVVs)
  2. Large or established vehicle manufacturers and their compliance with their vehicle type approval (VTA) conditions
  3. Opted-in high ATM trailer vehicle type approvals
  4. Entities that continue to operate without appropriate RVS approvals post 30 June 2023.

More information on compliance and enforcement, including compliance approach and model, can be found on the Compliance and Enforcement under the RVSA section on the department’s website.  For reference purposes, previous compliance and enforcement strategy (2021-2023) can also be found in that link.

For further questions or assistance, head to the Department’s RVSA-dedicated Contact Us page.