Road Vehicle Standards Bill 2018

Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

Track (What's this?)



Part of a package of five bills to regulate the importation and provision of road vehicles, the bill replaces the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 by: enabling the minister to determine national road vehicle standards for road vehicles and road vehicle components; prohibiting the importation into Australia of road vehicles that do not comply with national road vehicle standards, except in limited circumstances; establishing a Register of Approved Vehicles, on which road vehicles must be entered before they are introduced to the Australian market; establishing a framework for the recall of road vehicles and approved road vehicle components; providing for criminal offences, civil penalties, injunctions, enforceable undertakings and infringement notices; and providing for administrative matters, including using computer programs, review of decisions and information sharing and delegations.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 07 Feb 2018
Second reading moved 07 Feb 2018
Second reading debate 30 May 2018
Second reading agreed to 30 May 2018
Third reading agreed to 30 May 2018
Introduced and read a first time 18 Jun 2018
Second reading moved 18 Jun 2018
Second reading debate 27 Nov 2018
Second reading agreed to 27 Nov 2018
Third reading agreed to 27 Nov 2018
Finally passed both Houses 27 Nov 2018
  • Act no: 163
  • Year: 2018
10 Dec 2018

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments


Schedules of amendments

No documents at present

Bills digest


Helpful information

Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

Circulated by members and senators when they propose to make changes to the bill. For details about the outcome of proposed amendments please refer to either the Votes and Proceedings (House of Representatives) or the Journals (Senate).

Schedules of amendments

Schedules of amendments list amendments agreed to by the second house are communicated to the first house for consideration. Subsequent action by either house may also be included in a schedule.

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain images and voices of deceased people.