The Australian government imposes strict regulations on the importation of cars into the country; each vehicle requires an Import Approval Permit from the government department of transport. In order to obtain an Australian registration, vehicles must meet a set of criteria including:
- Seat belt anchor points.
- Maintenance of interior and exterior mirrors.
- Working lights.
- Working windscreen wipers.
- Brakes in good condition.
- Working seat belts no oil leaks.
- No bald tyres.
- A Roads and Traffic Authority inspection.
- An engineer certificate and an import compliance plate.
- A minimum of third party insurance cover is also required.
- Importing a vehicle also costs money; there are different tariffs for different ages and types of vehicle.
Motorbikes, and vehicles over 30 years old are subject to a 10% Goods and Sales Tax (GST) but these vehicles are exempt from import duty.
Vehicles under 30 years old are subject to 10% duty and 10% GST.
Commercial vehicles, off-road vehicles and 4X4’s incur a 5% duty charge plus the standard 10% GST.
Duty is calculated upon an assessment of the vehicle upon entering Australia.
Vehicles with a value of over $57,000 (£37,079) are considered ‘Luxury Vehicles’ and these require an extra tax to be paid: 25% of the value over the $57,000 threshold – For Example: a car that is valued at $61,000 would incur a $1,000 ‘Luxury Vehicle’ tax because it is $4,000 over the threshold and 25% of $4,000 is $1,000. This includes both personal and commercial vehicles. NOTE: The ‘Luxury Vehicle’ threshold fluctuates each year and is set by the customs department.