Vehicle Inspections

Vehicle Inspections

What is a safety certificate?

In November 1999, the safety certificate replaced the roadworthy certificate. A safety certificate covers basic things that could affect the safe operation of the vehicle, such as:
tyres, brakes, steering, suspension, body rust or damage, windscreen and lights.
The safety certificate is designed to offer buyers better protection. A vehicle with a safety certificate has undergone a safety inspection before being offered for sale, so buyers can be sure the vehicle is safe to drive.

From 1 September 2021, vehicle owners are no longer required to obtain and display a safety certificate before a vehicle is offered for sale. This includes when a vehicle is offered for sale on a dealer’s lot, advertised online, or a ‘for sale’ sign is displayed on the vehicle. It is still a requirement for the seller to obtain a safety certificate before disposing of a registered vehicle. Penalties may apply if a safety certificate is not obtained before selling a registered vehicle.

The only time vehicles do not require a certificate is when they are unregistered or when they are traded to, or between, licensed motor dealers. Vehicles can still be sold for parts or restoration, but they must be de-registered before being offered for sale.

Safety certificates can only be issued by approved inspection stations.

Vehicle Inspections

Vehicle Safety Inspection Fees

  • Motor Vehicle (up to 4.5t GVM): $90
  • Trailers
    (over 0.75t up to 3.5t ATM): $50

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