Heavy vehicles / Heavy vehicle charges / Registration charges for heavy vehicles 2016-17

Heavy vehicle charges help to fund better, safer and more productive roads. Charges are based on a fixed annual registration and fuel-based road user fees.

Registration charges for heavy vehicles 2016-17

Registration charges applicable from 1 July 2016

1 July 2016 - 30 June 2017
DIVISION 1 - LOAD CARRYING VEHICLE ($)
Vehicle Type 2 axle 3 axle 4 axle 5 axle

Trucks

       
Truck (type 1)  620 970 986 986
Truck (type 2)  995 1,167 1,189 1,189
Short combination truck  1,027 1,205 2,082 2,082
Medium combination truck  9,723  9,723 10,502 10,502
Long combination truck  13,442  13,442  13,442  13,442
Prime Movers        
Short combination prime mover  1,150 4,594 4,907 4,907
Multi-combination prime mover  11,536 11,536 12,690 12,690
 
DIVISION 2 - LOAD CARRYING TRAILERS ($)

Axle group type (per axle charge)



Single Tandem
axle
group
Tri-axle
group
Quad-
axle
group
& above
Trailer type        
Pig trailer 677 650 641 636
Dog trailer 677 650 641 636
Semi trailer 677 818 580 435
B-double lead trailer and B-triple lead and middle trailers 677 818 580 435
Converter dolly or low loader dolly 55 28 18 14
 
DIVISION 3 - BUSES ($)
Bus type 2 axle 3 axle 4 axle  
Bus (type 1) 525      
Bus (type 2) 660 2,726 2,726  
Articulated bus    657 657  
         
DIVISION 4 - SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLES ($)
Special purpose vehicle (type P) No charge
Special purpose vehicle (type T) 514
Special purpose vehicle (type O) 590
 

Calculated using the formula:

590 + (381 x number of axles over 2) 

Note:

  • Truck (type 1) means a rigid truck not exceeding a Mass Rating for Charging (MRC) of 12 tonnes (2 axles), 16.5 tonnes (3 axles) or 20 tonnes (4 or more axles)
  • Truck (type 2) means a rigid truck exceeding a MRC of 12 tonnes (2 axles), 16.5 tonnes (3 axles) or 20 tonnes (4 or more axles)
  • Short combination truck means a truck nominated to haul one trailer where, according to the nomination: (a) the combination has 6 axles or fewer; and (b) the maximum total mass that is legally allowable for the combination is 42.5 tonnes or less.

See the Heavy Vehicle Charges Model Law for complete definitions of vehicle types.

Changes to the charges 

Vehicle type           Mass  Charges from 1 July 2015 Charges from 1 July 2016
 Truck type 1

Up to 12.0t

Over 12.0t

$566

$896

$620

$995 

 Truck type 2

Up to 42.5t

  $896 +$1,148 =$2,044

  $1,027 +$1,300 =$2,327
 Short combination truck

Up to 16.5t

Over 16.5t

$896

$1,067

$970

$1,167

 Medium combination truck

Up to 42.5t

Over 42.5t

  $1,067 +$1,722 =$2,789

  $7,085 +$1,722 =$8,807

  $1,205 +$1,923 =$3,128

  $9,723 +$1,923 =$11,646

 Long combination truck

Over 42.5t

  $7,085 +$2,296 =$9,381

  $9,723 +$2,544 =$12,267
 Short combination prime mover

Up to 20.0t

Over 20.0t

$793

$1,067

$986

$1,189

 Bus type 1

Up to 12.0t

Over 12.0t

$510

$510

$525

$660

 Bus type 2

 

 $2,537

$2,726
 truck 9

 

  $4,956 +$1,722 =$6,678

  $4,594 +$1,740 =$6,334
 Truck 10

 

  $9,878 +$5,172 =$15,050

  $11,536 +$3,480 =$15,016
 Truck 11

 

  $9,878 +$4,592 =$14,470

  $11,536 +$3,536 =$15,072
 Truck 12     $9,878 +$7,462 =$17,340   $11,536 + $5,332 =$16,868

Frequently asked questions

Why has my registration charge increased?

At the Transport and Infrastructure Council (the Council) meeting on 6 November 2015, Transport Ministers from all states and territories agreed to implement new charges for heavy vehicles from 1 July 2016. The National Transport Commission provided the Council with three options for implementing heavy vehicle charges.

As a result of the Council’s decision, overall revenue from registration charges in 2016-17 is intended to remain the same as in 2015-16. However the registration charges for certain types of heavy vehicles and trailers will increase, while charges for others will decrease.

There are three key reasons why the decision made by minsters may have resulted in an increase in charges for your vehicle:

  1. A revised schedule of registration charges for heavy vehicles and trailers—reflecting the latest research on road wear and incorporating axle group charging for articulated trailers—which was agreed to by the Council in May 2014.
  2. The incorporation of a ‘regulatory component’ of registration charges to fund the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) from 1 July 2016.
  3. The scaling up of all registration charges necessary in order to keep registration charge revenue at the same level as in 2015-16.


Who made this decision?

Australia’s transport ministers agreed on new charges for heavy vehicles at their Council meeting on 6 November 2015.


What is the background to this decision?

In early 2014 the NTC reviewed heavy vehicle charges through a charges determination process. We recommended charges be changed from 1 July 2014 and that overall charges be reduced from that point.

In May 2014, transport ministers agreed to implement new charges from 1 July 2016, and to carry out annual adjustments to heavy vehicle charges in the interim.

In November 2015 the NTC presented three updated Heavy Vehicle Charges options for ministers to consider.


I think I may have been charged the wrong amount – who should I contact?

You should contact the road agency in your state or territory for any questions about individual registration charges.

Last Updated: 22/12/2016