About vehicle standards

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is responsible for the application of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation under the Heavy Vehicle National Law and for granting exemptions across participating jurisdictions (ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, and Vic).

Vehicle Safety and Environmental Technology Uptake Plan

The NHVR’s Vehicle Safety and Environmental Uptake Plan (Vehicle SETUP) outlines a program of work we will undertake to accelerate the introduction of new safety and environmental technologies into the Australian heavy vehicle market.

Find out more about Vehicle SETUP

Heavy vehicle operators, owners, and modifiers need to apply to the NHVR for:

When an application is submitted, the NHVR considers vehicle standards and safety issues to decide if a vehicle standards application can be granted. For more information, visit the Applications and forms page.

The National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM) provides authorised officers and industry with consistent criteria for heavy vehicle inspections. The use of the NHVIM will ensure a nationally consistent approach to improve vehicle standards compliance and help reduce vehicle downtime.


The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Vehicle Safety Standards (VSS) Branch, under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (Cwlth), maintains jurisdiction over heavy vehicles up to the point of first supply to the Australian market. VSS certifies heavy vehicles after making sure they meet certain vehicle standards (the Australian Design Rules) that are designed to make vehicles safe to use, control emissions, secure vehicles against theft and promote the saving of energy.

Once a heavy vehicle is supplied to the market it is classed as ‘in-service’ and the NHVR becomes responsible for regulating the vehicle standards for these vehicles.


For more information

The NHVR has a dedicated Vehicle Standards Team to help with your applications and advise on technical aspects of applications.

Email vehiclestandards@nhvr.gov.au and your enquiry will be actioned by the relevant team member who will contact you by email or phone.

You can also contact the Vehicle Standards Team through the NHVR Call Centre.