Caravan and camper trailer motor vehicle tax reduction

The NSW Government is helping ease the cost of living for people and families across NSW, by reducing the motor vehicle tax on privately-registered caravans and camper trailers by 40%.

This reduction applies to new registrations and renewals of privately-registered towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers, from 255kg up to 4.5 tonnes, due from 1 November 2018.

This is another important initiative introduced by the NSW Government to help tackle the cost of living pressures.

What’s changing?

The NSW Government is reducing motor vehicle tax by 40 per cent for privately-registered towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers. This reduction applies to new registrations and renewals of privately-registered caravans and purpose-built camper trailers, from 255kg up to 4.5 tonnes, due from 1 November 2018.

Why is it changing?

The tax is being reduced in response to community and caravan industry feedback around the lesser use of caravans compared with the average car.

It is also forms part of the NSW Government’s program of rebates and savings to help reduce the cost of living for people and families across NSW. This includes Senior Cards, Toll Relief and Active Kids. To find out more visit the Service NSW website.

Am I eligible for the reduction?

Customers who register or renew the registration of their privately-registered caravans and purpose-built camper trailers, from 255kg up to 4.5 tonnes, are eligible for the reduction, if the registration is due from 1 November 2018.

Can I pay my registration early and still get 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 reduction will have already been applied to your renewal notice.

My registration falls before 1 November 2018. Is there a way I can benefit from the reduction?

Customers whose caravan or camper trailer registration expires before 1 November 2018, can choose to take a shorter registration renewal period (three or six months) when they renew. On their next registration they can take advantage of the 40% motor vehicle tax reduction.

Private caravan weight tax

Important: The above vehicle tax examples are indicative only

  1. Motor vehicle tax component for private caravan and camper trailers
  2. Subject to additional registration fees and charges

Frequently asked questions

  • This initiative complements pensioner registration concessions, which provides exemptions from certain registration costs on one vehicle. A pensioner receiving a concession on a vehicle other than their caravan or camper trailer is still be eligible for the 40% motor vehicle tax reduction.
  • Motor vehicle tax is based on the tare weight of a vehicle to reflect the damage that is causes 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. This program funds road safety initiatives, maintains the road network and improves traffic management. This is not the case in other jurisdictions.

  • 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 and camper trailers will be reduced by 40%.
  • No, the reduction will be automatically applied to new registrations and renewals due from 1 November 2018.
  • Introducing these changes on 1 November provides sufficient time for systems to be updated and operational changes to be introduced.
  • Depending on the caravan or camper trailer weight, the savings will range from $46 to $471.
  • The reduction applies to towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers, weighing from 255kg and up to 4.5 tonnes, which is designed to bring these motor vehicle taxes 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 predominantly consistent with costs 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.

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