Register of Approved Vehicles


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What is the RAV?

The RVSA introduces a Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV) which will be an online, publicly searchable database of vehicles (including trailers approved for use on Australian roads).  The details of each and every vehicle and trailer approved for road use will be entered on the RAV.  The RAV will replace the need to fit motor vehicles with physical compliance plates.  Trailers however will still be required to fit physical compliances plates (Trailer Plates).

Testing the RAV in your Business

The federal regulators have set up a test RAV (trial environment) to trial and ensure submissions can be validated successfully. The procedures for the test RAV can be found in the Test RAV section of the RAV Guide.  Download the RAV Guide in the Department’s RAV webpage.

Manufacturers and Importers are strongly encouraged to enrol and subsequently test (when possible) the RAV within their business processes.  With this knowledge you will be able to plan and prepare your internal systems accordingly to ensure you have capacity to enter all vehicles and trailers on the RAV.

For a demonstration of how the RAV works please head to the Videos section of this website.

Enrolment Process and Form

Vehicle Manufacturer or Importer will need to enrol before submitting vehicles to be added into the RAV, test or live environment.  Once you are enrolled, VSS will provide you with unique ID numbers (Organisation & Submitter ID) which are needed to use the RAV.

Motorhome and Campervan Manufacturers or Importers should have received their Organisation ID’s directly from NEVDIS and will only be required to enrol to receive unique Submitter ID’s.

For more information about the Enrolment Process, download the RAV Guide in the Department’s RAV webpage.

When can a Vehicle or Trailer be added to the RAV?

Holders of a vehicle type approval must be enrolled and authorised by the Department to be able to enter records onto the RAV.

A RAV submission can only occur when the:

  • Vehicle or Trailer’s manufacturing is complete;
  • Vehicle or Trailer is covered by a type approval;
  • Vehicle or Trailer is in Australia (except when the type approval specifically allows the vehicle to be outside Australia); and
  • Vehicle or Trailer complies with the requirements of the RVS legislation.

Once added to the RAV, the electronic record can be searched by using the VIN only.  Access the RAV Public Search page HERE.

NOTE:  RAV identification details (eg. Organisation ID and Submitter ID) are available via ROVER.  For more information about this function, refer to the RAV Guide.

What Low ATM Trailer Information will be recorded in the RAV?

For Low ATM Trailers, the RAV entry requires the following information:

  • Entry Pathway Sub-Category
    The method through which the vehicle was approved to be provided for the first time in Australia (eg. Type Approval – Standard).  Vehicles covered by a type approval with minor and inconsequential non-compliance are to be added on the RAV as: Type Approval – Standard.
  • VIN
    Vehicle Identification Number consisting of 17 alphanumeric characters.
  • Approval Number
    Approval number is the type approval number for vehicles supplied under the type approval entry pathway (eg. VTA – 000001)
  • Vehicle Category Code (VCC)
  • Approval Holder
    The person who accepts responsibility for the vehicle’s compliance with the relevant ADRs.
  • Make
    The name by which the range of trailer type is popularly known, or the trading name, or business name of the manufacturing company.
  • Model
    The particular name or code number by which the trailers are identified.
  • Build Date
    The Month and Year (MM/YYYY) on which the trailer completed and moved from the production line.
  • Authorised By Number
    The number of entity or authority authorised to add the trailer – Organistion ID (eg. RAV000001.
  • Authorised By Name
    The name of entity or authority authorised to add the vehicle – Type approval holder name.

Adding Second Stage of Manufacture (SSM) Vehicle to the RAV

Second Stage of Manufacture (SSM) involves modifying or adding to a new vehicle (the base vehicle) to create an alternate vehicle (eg. motorhome).  Under the RVSA, type approval holders can modify base vehicles that are on the Register of Approved Vehicles (RAV) and base vehicles fitted with a Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA) identification plate.

RVSA type approval holders of SSM vehicles are responsible for adding their SSM vehicles to the RAV.  If an SSM is performed on a base vehicle that is on the RAV, the completed vehicle will also need to be added to the RAV.

  • Where the base vehicle is on the RAV, the RAV entry pathway sub-category will be type approval – second stage of manufacture.
  • Where the base vehicle is not on the RAV, the RAV entry pathway sub-category will be type approval – standard or type approval – non-standard, as applicable.

NOTE: SSM performed according to an approval granted under the MVSA can continue in accordance with the MVSA Identification Plate Approval (IPA) until 30 June 2022.  MVSA approval holders cannot fit an identification plate to a base vehicle that has been added to the RAV.

More information about SSM and vehicle type approvals can be found HERE.

Payment of Type Approval RAV Entry Charges

The Road Vehicle Standards Rules 2019 (the Rules) require the RAV entry charge to be paid before a vehicle is entered on the RAV.

A vehicle type approval holder can request to enter into an agreement with the Department to pay RAV entry charges after vehicles have been entered on the RAV.  A separate agreement is required for each RAV organisation, which may hold one or more type approvals.

For more information about the payment agreement and to download the template written agreement, click HERE.

You may apply for this written agreement any time after your organisation has created an account in ROVER – even if you have not yet had your vehicle type application approved. You only require one agreement per organisation, no matter how many vehicle type approvals the organisation holds.

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