START DATE - 10 DEC 2019

OK, the date is set.

The Road Vehicle Standards Bill 2018 received Royal Assent on 10 Dec 2018.

There is now a 12 month transition period to allow businesses to adjust and new management structures to be put in place.


This Bill forms the skeleton of the new laws.

The important detail on actual operation will be in the Regulations which have not yet been released.

We will update again once this happens - could be this year or early next year. 
What happens next ?

There is a 12 month period before the important parts of the new regulations will actually apply.

A completely new SEVS eligible model list will need to be created before Dec 2019.

So we expect it will soon become possible to start applying for models to be reviewed and approved.

The old scheme will be phased out over the next 2 years.
Once the new regulations are released by the Govt. we will provide a full update explaining how the import scheme will operate in the future.

Here is a quick summary of the main points:

  • 25 Year Rule will allow the import of classic and enthusiast vehicles over 25 years old
  • Vehicle models younger than 25 years and originally sold new in Aust will still be blocked for import BUT different "variants" will be allowed - e.g. hybrid, turbocharged, 4WD etc.
  • Many new hybrid, electric and kei cars will be available - any model not sold new in Aust that meets the environmental criteria will be allowed
  • Rare LHD vehicles won't require conversion
  • New inspection system should ensure higher quality standards
Yes, we can provide storage in Japan to allow advance purchase prior to import.
Fully secure, insured indoor storage with weekly start and run is available now for approx. $550 / month.

This will be most viable for rare cars or those over a certain value where market price is likely to increase over time as much / more than the storage cost.

Contact us for more details.
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