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RAV – Low ATM Trailers


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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  trailers approved for use on Australian roads. The details of each and every 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).

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

The RAV is searchable using the vehicle’s permanently marked Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).  Search the vehicle’s details through the RAV Search site.

RAV Identification

An organisation ID, a submitter ID number and an email address are required to create a submission. These unique ID numbers are validations to access to the RAV and should be kept confidential. IDs are in the format:

  • an organisation ID: RAV00000X
  • a submitter ID: RS000000X.

In ROVER, you can use the Authority To Act function to self-serve – looking up identifications and changing submitters for the RAV.  To set up, refer to the ‘RAV Identification Details Available via ROVER’ section of the RAV Guide.

This Guide shows the steps to follow in ROVER to add a person as an authorised RAV submitter to allow them to enter vehicle details on the RAV on behalf of a vehicle type approval holder.

NOTE:  RAV Identifications issued by the Department for the Test RAV are still valid as these identifications are migrated to the RAV in mid-2021.

RAV Data File Format

The RAV can receive data files in one of two formats:

  • XML (recommended for type approval holders), or
  • CSV. 

The Department has an XML File Generator available for all RAV submitters to assist with creating a valid data file in XML format. The Department recommends that RAV submitters either use the file generator or develop a system to produce the file data in either format.

The RAV validation process happens automatically upon receipt of a submission and an automated email response is provided with the validation status of each record.  Successfully validated records will appear on the public search the day after the RAV submission at the latest, subject to payment of the RAV levy.  The public search data will be updated twice a day – at approximately 12 noon and 12 midnight.

Up to 20,000 RAV records may be provided in a single submission data file.

Further information can be found in the RAV Guide.

When Can A Low ATM Trailer Be Added To The RAV?

A RAV submission can only occur when the:

  • Low ATM Trailer’s manufacturing is complete.
  • Low ATM Trailer is covered by a type approval.
  • Low ATM Trailer is in Australia (except when the type approval specifically allows the trailer to be outside Australia); and
  • Low ATM 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.

Adding A Low ATM Trailer to the RAV

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

  • Entry Pathway Sub-Category
    The method through which the trailer was approved to be provided for the first time in Australia (eg. Type Approval – Standard).  Trailers 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 trailers supplied under the type approval entry pathway (eg. VTA – 000001)
  • Vehicle Category Code (VCC)
  • Approval Holder
    The name of the entity who accepts responsibility for the trailer’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 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 – Organization ID (eg. RAV000001).
  • Authorised By Name
    The name of entity or authority authorised to add the trailer – Type approval holder name.

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 trailer 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 trailers 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.

Correcting or Notifying an Error on the RAV

Where there is an error relating to a record on the RAV, the approval holder or another person must amend the record by notifying the Department.  Notification of an error on the RAV is done through ROVER.

For more information about correcting or notifying an error on the RAV, click HERE.

More information can also be found on the Rover Resources Page

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