National heavy vehicle plates

National heavy vehicle plates will be issued in the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and, on a voluntary basis, in the Northern Territory whenever:

  • a new heavy vehicle is registered
  • an unregistered heavy vehicle is re-registered
  • a state or territory registration is transferred to a jurisdiction other than WA
  • a lost, damaged, destroyed or stolen number plate is replaced.

A nationally consistent plate fee of $25.45 per set of plates as at 2019 applies in these circumstances. The fee will be reviewed by the jurisdictions each year and may be increased in line with inflation.

In the Northern Territory, you can opt to be issued with a national heavy vehicle plate in conjunction with any transaction. National heavy vehicle plates will not be issued for vehicles registered in Western Australia and the plate fee for that jurisdiction will continue to apply.

What does the new national heavy vehicle plate look like?

It will look like the example below, with black lettering on a white background and a blue ‘national heavy vehicle’ sash across the bottom.

Can I choose to replace my existing plate with a new national heavy vehicle plate even if I’m not required to do so?

Yes, as long as your vehicle is registered in a participating jurisdiction. To swap them over, you’ll need to take your existing plate to a transport authority customer service centre in the jurisdiction where your vehicle is registered. The standard plate fee of $25 per set will apply.

Can I request a specific number from a future national heavy vehicle plate number series?

Unfortunately this is not possible. The aim of introducing the new national plates is to make the registration process as simple and streamlined as possible, so the industry benefits from a quicker, more-cost effective service.

What happens when I transfer the registration of a heavy vehicle with a national heavy vehicle plate to another jurisdiction?

It depends on which jurisdiction you’re transferring it to. If you’re transferring it to a participating jurisdiction, it’ll keep the same national heavy vehicle plate. If you’re transferring it to Western Australia, you’ll be issued with a new Western Australia plate and the relevant fees will apply.

What happens to the national heavy vehicle plate when I sell a vehicle?

As long as the vehicle is registered at the time of sale and the purchaser is in a participating jurisdiction, the number plate will transfer with the registration. If the vehicle is unregistered at the time of sale, the purchaser will be issued with new plates when registering the vehicle.

Can I customise my national heavy vehicle plate?

This varies between jurisdictions. Contact your local transport authority customer service centre or visit their website for more information about customised plates.

Am I still able to get personalised plates?

Yes. However, unlike the new national heavy vehicle plates, personalised plates can’t be transferred between jurisdictions. Contact your local transport authority customer service centre or visit their website for more information about personalised plates.

What happens if my national heavy vehicle plate is lost, damaged, destroyed or stolen?

You will need to arrange for a replacement plate through the transport authority in the jurisdiction in which your vehicle is registered. The process for replacement varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, so please contact your jurisdiction for more information.

State/territory transport authority contact details