Australian law allows car importing by different methods. Current regulations allows:
- Private Importing
- 1 January 1989
- RAWS (Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme)
To be a "Private Import", there are several things you must prove:
- You owned and used the vehicle overseas for over 12 months.
- You are a Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia or applying for.
- You are of age to hold a license or permit for that vehicle.
- It is fixed to be roadworthy comply with the road safety standards.
- You haven't imported any vehicle for the last year.
Note: The administration will consider people who are under the 410 and 457 Visas with addition requirements.
1 January 1989 Rule:
This rule is simply if a car was manufactured before 1 January 1989, there is no need for a compliance plate or test. All you must do is get an "Import Approval", register and license the vehicle, and complete any minor modifications that might be needed for registration.
RAWS (Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme):
If you want to import a car that is manufactured after 1988 and not a private import, you must use a Registered Automotive Workshop (RAW) which will "import" your car, comply it to Australian Design Rules (ADR) standards, then plate it with import and identification plates.
Other Things You Should Know:
- LHD vehicles usually must be convert which is expensive.
- Don't import anything less than a 3.5 Inspection Grade, it will cost a lot to repair!
- In all situations, you must still get an "Import Approval".
- Cars imported under RAWS you do not apply for, but the workshop.
- Insurance for imports can be expensive so shop around first.
Import Approval Documents for Australia
FOR PRIVATE IMPORTS:
Proof required for Overseas Ownership in Japan includes:
- Every page of your passport including black pages.
- Statement of Travel which explains when you left the country of residence and why.
- Purchase documents.
- Overseas car registration, from time of purchase to time of deregistration, in your name.
- Deregistration certificate, in your name, show date of deregistration in Japan.
- Parking Approval in your name showing you had permission to park.
- Car Tax and Insurance proof.
- Driver's License that is either international or Japanese.
- Additional proof that may be requested.
- Previous Owner's Deregistration Certificate for the vehicle.
- Additional Purchasing evidence. (e.g. cheque butts, bank/ credit card statements, etc.)
- Repair/ maintenance documents in your name.
- Proof your are currently or applying for permanent residence and/or citizenship.
- Proof you are returning to Australia with the vehicle.
- Both passports when dual passports are held.
- Evidence of keeping a permanent place to live while overseas. (e.g. electric bills, etc.)
All document that are not in English must be translated by an accredited agency.
FOR 1 JANUARY 1989 RULE:
- Purchase Document
- Certified Picture ID of Importer
- Evidence of the Month of Manufacture (e.g. Deregistration Certificate)
The RAW (Registered Automotive Workshop) applies for Import Approval. Your RAW may require:
- Purchase Document
- Your ID