Caravan Registration Australia (state-by-state)

Caravan Registration Australia (State Costs & Requirements)

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Before hitching up your new caravan to the back of the car and taking it for a spin, it must be registered to your home state. As with all things motor related in this country, each and every state comes with a different set of requirements for caravan registration.

To make sure your caravan is registration-ready, it must be in a roadworthy condition. These 15+ Tips for Caravan Maintenance will ensure that you’re ticking all of the boxes.

It’s also a good idea, as part of your road trip essentials checklist, to leave your rego papers in the glove box, just in case you need them while travelling.

Here’s everything you need to know about caravan registration Australia (state-by-state).

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Caravan Registration State-by-state

It’s important to keep in mind that even if you’re between trips and want to store your caravan on the street, it will still need to be registered, whether you’re using it or not.

Here are the state-by-state regulations for caravan registration.


Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

In the Australian Capital Territory you will need the usual forms of identification to register your caravan. Compulsory Third Party isn’t required as that will always be covered with your tow vehicle’s insurance policy.

If you are an owner builder or need to register a home-built caravan, there are few boxes to tick in order to get issued an all-important VIN number for the trailer. You will need to have a roadworthy inspection, plus provide evidence for all of the parts and materials that have gone into the build (receipts). A statement of the building process with a diary and photos will also be required, as well a weighbridge ticket for the caravan’s tare (empty) weight.

A roadworthy certificate may be required depending on if your caravan is brand new or being transferred into your name (see table below). Luckily, there is no stamp duty to be paid on caravans in the ACT.

ACT Registration Requirements

  • Application form
  • Proof of identity
  • Compulsory Third Party Insurance not required (covered under the tow vehicle’s insurance)
  • Homemade or modified caravans – weighbridge ticket required
  • Home built caravan (to get a VIN number & registration) – roadworthy certificate + purchase evidence for parts & materials + statement of building process with diary & photos required
  • No Stamp Duty

If you’re not sure how to get your caravan weights at the weighbridge, here’s the full Step-by-step Guide to Weighing a Caravan. The measurement you will need for registration (if required) is the Tare Weight.

When a Caravan Requires a Roadworthy Inspection in ACT:

ROADWORTHY
BRAND NEW CARAVANS:
– From ACT✔️
– From interstate✔️
USED CARAVANS:
– With ACT Registration < 6 months old
– With ACT Registration > 6 months old✔️
– From interstate✔️

ACT Registration Fees

ACT Caravan Rego Fees
Caravan Tare WeightAnnual Fees
251 kg – 764 kg$238.10
765 kg – 975 kg$304.80
976 kg – 1,154 kg$335.20
1,155 kg – 1,504 kg$375.60
1,505 kg – 2,499 kg$536.50
2,500 kg – 2,794 kg$803.20
2,795 kg – 3,054 kg$903.30
3,055 kg – 3,304 kg$1,062.00
3,305 kg – 3,564 kg$1,062.00
3,565 kg – 3,814 kg$1,135.10
3,815 kg – 4,064 kg$1,215.00
4,065 kg – 4,324 kg$1,291.60
4,325 kg – 4,500 kg$1,370.30
More info & pricing at Access Canberra →

New South Wales (NSW)

For caravan registration in New South Wales, make sure you take your purchase receipt and/ or the previous registration certificate with you to the registration office.

A blue slip (Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Station report), which has been issued no more than 42 days prior, will be needed for caravans that are under 2 tonne.

For caravans over 2 tonne, you will need a Heavy Vehicle Authorised Inspection Scheme report. A Vehicle Safety Compliance Certificate is only necessary if the caravan has been significantly modified.

There are a few circumstances where a weighbridge ticket is required and that’s if the tare can’t be confirmed (on the VIN plate), the caravan has been imported or major changes have been made to the caravan.

NSW Registration Requirements

  • Application form
  • Proof of identity
  • Previous registration receipt or proof of registration entitlement
  • Original inspection report (issued no more than 42 days prior):
    • Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Station report (blue slip) – ATM < 2 tonne
    • Heavy Vehicle Authorised Inspection Scheme report – ATM > 2 tonne
  • Vehicle Safety Compliance Certificate – if significantly modified
  • Weighbridge ticket required if:
    • No specification sheet/ tare mass can’t be confirmed
    • Imported trailer
    • Major changes have been made to the trailer
  • Caravans are exempt from Stamp Duty – to claim exemption:
    • Registration Certificate
    • Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Station report (blue slip) OR Heavy Vehicle Authorised Inspection Scheme report

NSW Registration Fees

40% Discount applied to:

  • All new registrations and renewals of privately-registered towed caravans
  • Purpose-built camper trailers, weighing 255 kg – 4,500 kg.
NSW Caravan Rego Fees
Caravan Tare WeightPrivate Use FeesWith 40% Discount
255 kg – 764 kg$128$77
765 kg – 975 kg$233$140
976 kg – 1,154 kg$264$158
1,155 kg – 1,504 kg$305$183
1,505 kg – 2,504 kg$465$279
More info & pricing at Service NSW →
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Northern Territory (NT)

In the Northern Territory you only need to get a compliance check for your caravan’s first registration or if the information for the caravan has changed and won’t match the pre-existing data in the system.

A roadworthy is generally required for caravans at 5 years old, 10 years old and beyond. Check the table below to see if you caravan will be required to get a roadworthy certificate for registration.

There is an NT stamp duty calculator on the website for you to check how much you will need to pay, based on the purchase price of your caravan.

NT Registration Requirements

  • Application form
  • Proof of identity & residency
  • Proof of ownership
  • Compliance check – for first registration OR if trailer information doesn’t match what was previously recorded in the system
  • Roadworthy inspection (if required)
  • Stamp Duty (calculator on website)

When a Caravan Requires a Roadworthy Inspection in NT:

AGEROADWORTHY
FIRST REGISTRATION:
Trailers up to 500 kg Tare/ 750 kg ATMUnder 5 yrs
Trailers up to 500 kg Tare/ 750 kg ATM5 – 10 yrs✔️
Trailers > 500 kg Tare/ 750 kg ATMUnder 5 yrs
Trailers > 500 kg Tare/ 750 kg ATM5 – 10 yrs✔️
Trailers > 500 kg Tare/ 750 kg ATM10+ yrs✔️
RENEWAL:
Trailers up to 500 kg Tare/ 750 kg ATMUp to 10 yrs
Trailers > 500 kg Tare/ 750 kg ATMUnder 5 yrs
Trailers > 500 kg Tare/ 750 kg ATM5 – 10 yrs✔️
At 5 yrs & 10 yrs
Trailers > 500 kg Tare/ 750 kg ATM10+ yrs✔️
Annually

NT Registration Fees

NT Caravan Rego Fees
Caravan Tare WeightAnnual Fees
> 200 kg$103.80
201 kg – 400 kg$118.80
401 kg – 600 kg$133.80
601 kg – 800 kg$148.80
801 kg – 1,000 kg$164.80
1,001 kg – 1,200 kg$202.80
1,201 kg – 1,400 kg$221.80
1,401 kg – 1,600 kg$240.80
1,601 kg – 1,800 kg$259.80
1,801 kg – 2,000 kg$278.80
2,001 kg – 3,000 kg$354.80
3,001 kg – 4,000 kg$443.80
4,001 kg – 4,500 kg$532.80
More info & pricing at NT Government →

Queensland (QLD)

Remember to take your proof of identity and proof of where the caravan will be ‘garaged’ when you head to the QLD Department of Transport office. A recent bill with your name and address on it should do the trick.

A Safety Certificate will be needed for caravans over 750 kg ATM, unless the caravan is brand new. In addition, a Gas Inspection Certificate will need to be done by a certified person no less than 3 months before the caravan is registered (unless it’s a brand new van with manufacturer-installed gas fittings).

If you caravan has been modified in any way or had a GVM upgrade, made sure you’ve got a mod plate for the van. All caravan’s must also have a fire extinguisher fitted by law.

There is no stamp duty to pay in Queensland for caravans, nor do you need to worry about Compulsory Third Party Insurance as it will be covered with your tow vehicle’s insurance.

QLD Registration Requirements

  • Application form
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of vehicle’s address:
    • QLD driver’s licence/ rates/ electricity/ gas/ phone bill or bank statement from within last 6 months
  • Safety Certificate or Certificate of Inspection:
    • Caravans > 750 kg ATM (unless brand new)
  • Gas Inspection Certificate:
    • Certificate must be within 3 months old
    • Brand new caravans with manufacturer-installed gas fittings are exempt
  • Modification Plate (if caravan has been modified from manufacturer’s original specifications)
  • Compulsory Third Party Insurance not required (covered under tow vehicle’s insurance)
  • Caravan must have a fire extinguisher
  • No Stamp Duty

QLD Registration Fees

QLD Caravan Rego Fees
Caravan Tare WeightAnnual Fees
> 1,020 kg$152.05
1,021 kg – 4,500 kg$259.90
More info & pricing at QLD Government →

South Australia (SA)

When living in South Australia, be sure to transfer your caravan’s registration within 14 days of the purchase, otherwise you’ll be hit with a late transfer fee of $92!

Along with proof of identity and ownership of the caravan, you’ll need to fill out a registration form and a Compulsory Third Party form. Although the CTP is included in the cost of your rego (as a flat rate), you do have to choose which insurer you wish to go with.

If the caravan has been purchased from interstate, you’ll need to show the registration certificate from the previous state if possible.

An Identity Inspection Certificate will need to be obtained if the caravan registration has lapsed for longer than 3 months or to simply change the registered ownership details.

For the SA stamp duty calculator, head to the website and input your purchase price into the Non-commercial Vehicle Calculator to find out how much you’ll need to pay.

SA Registration Requirements

  • Must be transferred with 14 days, otherwise there’s a late transfer fee of $92
  • Application forms:
    • Registration
    • Compulsory Third Party (included in registration)
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of ownership (e.g. a purchase invoice)
  • Interstate registration certificate (if purchased interstate)
  • Identity Inspection Certificate if:
    • If unregistered for 3+ months
    • Change to registered ownership details
  • Stamp duty (calculator on website)

SA Registration Fees

SA Caravan Rego Fees
Caravan Tare WeightTransfer FeeAnnual Fee
Any$35$95
More info & pricing at SA Government →

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Tasmania (TAS)

Registering a caravan in Tasmania is pretty straight forward. You’ll need proof of identity and proof of ownership of the caravan. An Approved Inspection Station report will need to be gathered, but luckily there is no stamp duty to be paid.

TAS Registration Requirements

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of ownership
  • Approved Inspection Station (AIS) report
  • No Stamp Duty

TAS Registration Fees

TAS Caravan Rego Fees
Caravan Tare WeightEstablishment FeeAnnual Renewal
< 500 kg Tare$108.97$89.42
> 500 kg Tare (with GVM < 4.5 T)$199.97$180.42
More info & pricing at TAS Transport Services →

Victoria (VIC)

To register a caravan in Victoria, you will need to have a VicRoads customer number, which is either a learner’s permit or driver’s licence number. Along with that, you must have proof of identity, proof of garaged address and a roadworthy certificate.

Victoria is a bit unique in that they require a trailer inspection to be undertaken by themselves at the VicRoads Customer Service Centre for caravans with an ATM from 750 kg to 4,500 kg. You will need to make a booking with them and pay a fee for the pleasure. At least the annual registration fee is very low compared to the other states, which helps to absorb the inspection cost.

Unfortunately, Victorian caravan buyers will need to pay stamp duty to the tune of $5.40 per $200 for new caravans and $8.40 per $200 for used caravans.

VIC Registration Requirements

  • Victorian Licence or Learner’s Permit number
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of garage address (e.g. a bill with the address on it)
  • Vehicle Registration Form
  • Vehicle Import Approval (if the caravan is imported)
  • Roadworthy Certificate
  • Book a Trailer Inspection at a VicRoad Customer Service Centre (for ATM 750 kg – 4,500 kg)
  • Stamp Duty:
    • New caravan – $5.40 per $200 of market value
    • Used caravan or rego transfer – $8.40 per $200 of market value

VIC Registration Fees

VIC Caravan Rego Fees
Caravan Tare WeightInspection FeeAnnual Fee
Any$50.80$62.40
More info & pricing at VIC Roads →

Western Australia (WA)

All caravans registered in Western Australia must pass an inspection for roadworthiness. Besides that, it’s all pretty straight forward with an application form and proof of identity, submitted in person at the registration office.

No stamp duty needs to be paid for caravans purchased in WA.

WA Registration Requirements

  • Application form
  • Proof of identity
  • Must pass an Inspection for Roadworthiness
  • Submit application in person
  • No Stamp Duty

WA Registration Fees

WA Caravan Rego Fees
Caravan Tare WeightAnnual Fees
> 4,500 kg$6.38 per 100 kg
More info & pricing at WA Department of Transport →

Now that you’ve got your caravan registration Australia sorted, head on over to make sure you’ve got all things covered when it comes to Roadside Assistance for Caravans, as well as Insurance for Caravans.

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