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Vehicle Registration Rebates & Exemptions

    Concessions

    Concessions are applied to the client. To be eligible for a concession a person must be in receipt of a pension or allowance issued under the Social Service Act 1991 (i.e. Centrelink) or Veteran Entitlement Act 1981 (DVA) and hold a pensioner concession or health care card. Transport Access Scheme (TAS) members are also entitled to a concession for more information see Rebates and Concessions (DIER website).

    A concession is only available to one vehicle in each particular class registered in the person's name (i.e one car, one motorcycle, one caravan or one trailer).

    The client selects which vehicle the concession is to be applied to and until this vehicle is renewed or disposed of the concession cannot be transferred to another vehicle.


    Rebate Amounts

    To be applied to one vehicle type per pensioner or Health Care Card Holder i.e. one car, one trailer, one motorcycle and one caravan

    Eligible clients receive a rebate on MAIB 1 and 2 class vehicles. The rebate is currently:

    • $69.00 rebate on MAIB premium

    Rebates for all pensioners and Health Care Card Holders defined above under the Social Security Act 1991 & Veterans' Entitlements Act 1981

    • $36.65 rebate on registration fee and Fire Levy
    • $10.00 rebate on the Road Safety Levy

    NOTE: A rebate on the registration fee is also applicable on other classes of vehicles such as trailers, caravans and motorcycles but a Fire Levy may not be included.  For more information refer to the specific shcpter in the schedule.

    Goods Carrying Vehicles only

    • 40% motor tax rebate for pensioners and Health Care Card Holders registering a commercial goods vehicle for private use with a GVM <4.5t.

    NOTE:  Application for 40% Motor Tax Rebate must be completed annually by the pensioners eligible for the 40% motor tax rebate.  The rebate of Motor Tax must be on the same vehicle that receives the pensioner concession (i.e on the registration fee, road safety levy and MAIB premium).

    Totally & Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) pensioners and TAS recipients 

    • $36.65 discount on the registration fee (For MAIB Class 1 and 2 vehicles)
    • Full exemption on duty. See note below
    • Full rebate on motor tax for vehicles with GVM not exceeding 4.5t (see note below)
    • $10.00 rebate on the Road Safety Levy
    • $69.00 rebate on the MAIB Premium

    NOTE: Eligible clients must be applied to the same vehicle that receives the pensioner concession (i.e on the registration fee, road safety levy and MAIB premium).  A rebate on the registration fee is also applicable on the other classes of vehicles such as trailers, caravans and motorcycles.  For more information refer to the specific chapter in the schedule.

    - TPI must be registered in single names.


    Rebates/Exemptions applicable to Registration

    A rebate is applied to the vehicle based on its construction or use.

    Vehicle Registration Fee Road Safety Levy Motor tax MAIB Duty
    Commercial vehicle
    (including heavy trailers) used for farming horticulture, and bee keeping  purposes
    Conditional registration plates to be issued to motor vehicles with GVM >16t and Trailers with GVM > 4.5t
    no rebate no rebate *40% rebate no rebate  no rebate
    Farm Tractor
    (a tractor or agricultural machine used solely for farming purposes)
    Payable on first issue
    100% rebate full rebate
    no rebate  full rebate
    Tractor
    (A vehicle constructed primarily to tow or push trailers or implements but not capable of carrying goods or more than 1 passenger)
    no rebate 100% rebate full exemption applies to certain vehicles
    no rebate  full rebate if exempt from Motor Tax

    3 Axle Buses Rebate
    3 axle Buses greater than 12 tonnes Gross vehicle mass and not exceeding 60 000 kilometres travelled per annum

    no rebate no rebate

    *Charged at 2B2

    no rebate  no rebate

    Interchangeable Trailer Rebate
    Applicable when the semi-trailer(s) exceed the number of prime movers registered in the same name and do not travel more than 20 000 kilometres per annum

    no rebate no rebate *40% rebate no rebate  no rebate

    Special Interest Vehicle

    no rebate
    100% rebate 50% rebate
    no rebate  no rebate
    Road Construction or earth moving machinery no rebate 100% rebate 100% no rebate  100%
    Vintage Car no rebate 100% rebate 100% no rebate  100%

    * Must complete a declaration on first issue then annually


    Duty Rebates applicable to Transfer of Registration

    Type of Pension or class of vehicle Duty Rebate

    Social Services Act Pensioners
    No Rebate
    Repatriation Act Pensioners (TPI &
    TAS recipients)
    100% rebate on one vehicle only.  All other recipients under this Act pay full duty.
    Vehicles exempt from the payment of motor tax (vintage & veteran vehicles (annual declaration required), fork lift trucks, bulldozers, front-end loaders etc) Vehicles which are exempted from the payment of motor tax are automatically exempt from the payment of duty except for special purpose vehicles
    Charitable Organisations Vehicles which are exempted from the payment of motor tax are automatically exempt from the payment of duty.
    Vehicles registered in the name of a Government Agency
    Some Government Agencies are not exempt


    Beneficiaries and Family Law Court Orders

    Applicant for Registration Transfer Rebate
    Beneficiaries under the terms of a will where the beneficiary is a joint registered operator with the deceased
    • No duty payable
    • No Transfer fee payable
    Beneficiaries under the terms of a will where the beneficiary is not a joint registered operator with the deceased
    • No duty payable
    • Transfer fee is payable
    Transfers of registration where the applicant is granted a vehicle under an order of the Family Law Court
    • No duty payable
    • Transfer fee is payable