Caravan and camper trailer motor vehicle tax reduction

Frequently asked questions

  • The NSW Government is reducing by 40 per cent reduction the motor vehicle tax for privately owned light caravans and purpose-built camper trailers as of 1 November 2018.
  • The tax is being reduced in response to community and caravan industry feedback around the lesser use of caravans compared with the average car.
  • Customers with private use caravans and purpose-built camper trailers with a tare weight between 255kg and 4.5 tonnes whose registration is due from 1 November 2018 will be eligible for the reduction.
  • For registrations due from 1 November onwards, you can pay as soon as you receive your renewal notice and still get the reduction. The discount will have already been applied to your renewal notice.
  • Registration cannot be backdated or refunded. Customers whose caravan registration expiry falls before 1 November 2018 may choose a shorter registration renewal period of three or six months so they can take advantage of the reduction on the following registration renewal.
  • No, but to maximise the benefit of the reduction, customers whose caravan registration expires before 1 November 2018 can opt to take a shorter registration renewal period (of 3 or 6 months) when they renew. They can then take advantage of the reduction in registration costs sooner.
  • The reduction applies to towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers with a GVM up to 4.5 tonne and is designed to bring these registration costs more into line with other jurisdictions.

    Motorised vehicles, such as motorhomes and campervans, are not eligible for the reduction. NSW registration costs for privately registered motorhomes and campervans (up to 4.5 tonnes) are predominately already in line with similar charges in other states.

    Motorhomes that weigh more than 4.5 tonnes are considered to be heavy vehicles and fall under national pricing, which is the responsibility of the Australian Government.

  • Yes. As a pensioner you are still entitled to a one free registration for a vehicle of your choice. If you elect to have free registration for a vehicle other than your caravan or camper trailer, you are still eligible for the 40 per cent motor vehicle tax discount on your caravan or camper trailer.
  • NSW registration charges are based on the weight of a vehicle to reflect the damage that is caused to the road network. Other jurisdictions have different laws and funding policies; however, all vehicle weight tax revenue in NSW is directed to the Roads Program which is used to fund road safety initiatives, maintain the road network and improve traffic management. This is not the case in other jurisdictions.
  • Depending on the vehicle weight, the saving will range from $46 to $471. Savings will depend on the weight of the caravan or camper trailer.
  • Customers will still be required to pay all other annual NSW registration costs, including administration fees; however, the motor vehicle tax component for eligible caravans will be reduced by 40 per cent.
  • Customers will still be required to pay the all other annual NSW registration fees but the motor vehicle tax component will be reduced by 40%. View Trailers and caravans fees.
  • Introducing these changes on 1 November will provide sufficient time for systems to be updated and operational changes to be introduced.
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