National heavy vehicle plates

From 1 July 2018, a national heavy vehicle plate will be issued in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT—and Victoria from 1 October 2018—whenever:

  • a new heavy vehicle is registered
  • an unregistered vehicle is re-registered (contact a transport authority customer service centre in your state or territory for details about the particular conditions that apply in your jurisdiction)
  • a state or territory registration is transferred to a participating jurisdiction
  • a lost, damaged, destroyed or stolen number plate is replaced.

There will be a nationally consistent fee of $25 per set of national heavy vehicle plates. A trailer plate will be treated as a set.

National heavy vehicle plates will not be issued for vehicles registered in Western Australia or the Northern Territory and the plate fees for those jurisdictions will continue to apply.

What will 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, you can. As long as your vehicle is registered in a participating jurisdiction, you’ll be able to do this after 1 July 2018 (or from 1 October 2018 in Victoria). 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 won’t be 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 a non-participating jurisdiction, you’ll be issued with a new plate for that jurisdiction 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.

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 (contact details below).

Will I still be able to get personalised plates?

Yes, you will. 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.

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.

Where can I find out more about national heavy vehicle plates in my jurisdiction?

Please contact your jurisdiction for more information.