Heavy vehicles / Heavy vehicle charges / Registration charges for heavy vehicles 2017–18

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 2017–18

Registration charges applicable from 1 July 2017 (inclusive of both the roads and regulatory components of the charges).

1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018
Division 1 - Load carrying vehicle
Vehicle type 2 axle 3 axle 4 axle 5 or more axles

Trucks

       
Truck (type 1)  $611 $955 $970 $970
Truck (type 2)  $980 $1,148 $1,170 $1,170
Short combination truck  $1,011 $1,186 $2,048 $2,048
Medium combination truck  $9,566 $9,566 $10,333 $10,333
Long combination truck  $13,225 $13,225 $13,225 $13,225
Prime Movers        
Short combination prime mover  $1,131 $4,519 $4,827 $4,827
Multi-combination prime mover  $11,350 $11,350 $12,485 $12,485
 
Division 2 - Load carrying trailers

Charge per axle

 

Single Tandem
axle
group
Tri-axle
group
Quad-
axle
group
& above
Trailer type        
Pig trailer $667 $640 $630 $626
Dog trailer $667 $640 $630 $626
Semi trailer $667 $806 $571 $429
B-double lead trailer and B-triple lead and middle trailers $667 $806 $571 $429
Converter dolly or low loader dolly $55 $28 $18 $14
 
Division 3 - Buses
Bus type 2 axles 3 axles 4 or more axles  
Bus (type 1) $517      
Bus (type 2) $649 $2,682 $2,682  
Articulated bus   $646 $646  
         
Division 4 - Special purpose vehicles
Special purpose vehicle (type P) No charge
Special purpose vehicle (type T) $505
Special purpose vehicle (type O)

Calculated using the formula:

$580 + ($375 x number of axles over 2) 

Notes:

  • 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.
  • All axles on a dog trailer are treated as part of one group for registration charging purposes with the same charge per axle applying to all axles on that trailer. For example, a dog trailer with a single axle at the front and a tandem axle at the rear, is treated as a tri-axle group for charging purposes.

Changes to the charges 

Vehicle type           Mass rating for charging July 2016 charges July 2017 charges
 Truck type 1

Up to 12.0t

Over 12.0t

$620

$995

$611

$980

 Truck type 2

Up to 42.5t

$1,027
+$1,300
=$2,327

$1,011
+$1,280
=$2,291
 Short combination truck

Up to 16.5t

Over 16.5t

$970

$1,167

$955

$1,148

 Medium combination truck

Up to 42.5t

Over 42.5t

$1,205
+$1,923
=$3,128

$9,723
+$1,923
=$11,646

$1,186
+$1,890
=$3,076

$9,566
+$1,890
=$11,456

 Long combination truck

Over 42.5t

$9,723
+$2,544
=$12,267

$9,566
+$2,504
=$12,070
 Short combination prime mover

Up to 20.0t

Over 20.0t

$986

$1,189

$970

$1,170

 Bus type 1

Up to 12.0t

Over 12.0t

$525

$660

$517

$649

 Bus type 2

 

$2,726

$2,682
 truck 9

 

$4,594
+$1,740
=$6,334

$4,519
+$1,713
=$6,232
 Truck 10

 

$11,536
+$3,480
=$15,016

$11,350
+$3,426
=$14,776
 Truck 11

 

$11,536
+$3,536
=$15,072

$11,350
+$3,482
=$14,832
 Truck 12  

$11,536
+$5,332
=$16,868

$11,350
+$5,251
=$16,601

Frequently asked questions

Why has my registration charge decreased?

In November 2015 the Transport and Infrastructure Council (the Council) decided to freeze heavy vehicle charges revenue at 2015-16 levels for an initial two-year period. The NTC has calculated heavy vehicle charges to reflect the Council’s decision using the latest available vehicle and trailer registration information, so that national registration revenue remains unchanged.

The heavy vehicle registration charges to apply from 1 July 2017 reflect an average reduction in charges of approximately 1.6 per cent due to growth in the heavy vehicle and trailer fleet.

On 4 November 2016, the Council approved the reduced heavy vehicle charges to apply from 1 July 2017. The Council also approved an amendment to the Heavy Vehicle Charges Model Law giving effect to the 2017-18 heavy vehicle registration charges.

Why am I now being charged a separate regulatory registration fee?

In November 2015, the Council approved the introduction of a separately identified regulatory and roads component to heavy vehicle registration charges. These have applied since 1 July 2016. Previously the regulatory component was included in heavy vehicle registration charges but not separately identified in heavy vehicle charges laws. The regulatory component is now specified in the Heavy Vehicle Charges Model Law for each heavy vehicle and trailer type and is used to finance the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

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: 6/1/2017