Below is a general outline of what can and can't be imported by Australian private buyers. Factors determining import eligibility can depend on the make/model of the vehicle and/or the applicant meeting a certain criteria. Eligibility can also depend on approval plate availability and a registered workshop location.
JL Imports can assist Australian private buyers to obtain Japanese used vehicles under any of the 3 approval schemes listed.
Under this scheme certain vehicles can be imported if they were manufactured after 1 January 1989. Makes/models that were never available from Australian mainstream manufacturers are eligible for import if they meet criteria in the regulations for classification as a specialist and enthusiast vehicle. This includes popular import vehicles such as the Nissan Skyline, Toyota Supra, Mitsubishi FTO etc. Click on the website link below to see a list of vehicles eligible for import under the scheme. JL Imports are able to assist our clients with obtaining any of the Japanese makes on the register.
These vehicles must be made to comply with the ADRs (Australian Design Rules) and must under go compliance with a Registered Workshop that holds the used import plate for the particular make/model. An import approval is required.
Vehicles built before 1 January 1989 may be imported to Australia without restriction. An import approval is required, however this approval is an Australian Government requirement and the vehicles are not exempt from State or Territory registration requirements. The ADRs still apply but are not as stringent as SEVS, and can be undertaken by the owner with considerable savings. This scheme is designed to cater for the interests of hobbyists and collectors.
Australian residents or immigrants applying to be an Australian resident may import a vehicle as a personal import, if they have owned and used it for at least 12 consecutive months overseas. An import approval is required, however this approval is an Australian Government requirement and the vehicles are not exempt from State or Territory registration requirements. The vehicle does not have to show proof that it meets the ADRs, but it is expected to provide a level of safety similar to Australian vehicles.
You may wish to visit the Department of Transport and Regional Services website for any additional information.