The simplest way to bring your vehicle to Australia on a temporary basis is by Carnet De Passages en Douane (CPD carnet). CPD carnets can be obtained for motor vehicles, motorcycles, campervans, four-wheel drive vehicles, caravans and trailers. CPD carnets are issued in accordance with the Customs Convention on the Temporary Importation of Private Motor Vehicles.
A CPD carnet must not be used for any country where the holder is normally a resident. The vehicles temporarily imported under cover of a CPD carnet must not be loaned, abandoned, sold, mortgaged, hired, exchanged, given away or otherwise disposed of while in Australia. CPD carnets are available from the motoring organisation in your country of residence.
If you are going to use a CPD carnet to temporarily import your vehicle into Australia, you must obtain the carnet before the vehicle arrives in Australia. A CPD carnet is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. There are some conditions attached to the use of CPD carnets in Australia, which are:
All vehicles travelling on Australian roads are required to be covered by Compulsory Third Party CTP (bodily injury) Insurance. This insurance covers physical injury to another person in an accident where your vehicle is at fault. For insurance, which covers damage to property or your own vehicle, owners/drivers will need to take out separate insurance?
Specific CTP requirements may apply in each State/Territory. Click the State/Territories below for requirements:
The CPD carnet holder contacts the originating overseas club or contacts AAA and requests an extension. AAA will require the following documents:
The procedure for extending a carnet is listed below:
Vehicles temporary imported into Australia without a CPD carnet will be required to provide security with Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on arrival in Australia. The vehicle cannot be released until all Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development requirements have been fulfilled.
If you import a vehicle without a CPD carnet, you will require a Vehicle Import Approval (VIA), fees are applicable. To apply for a VIA from the Vehicle Safety Standards Branch of Infrastructure.