Agricultural Vehicles Advisory Committee (AVAC)
The principal purpose of the Committee is to combine industry and government expertise to formulate and provide advice to Government authorities on recommended initiatives to address regulatory and systemic impediments to the efficient transport of agricultural vehicles on public roads.
The Committee will fulfil an advisory role in accordance with its purpose and will focus on regulatory and compliance issues in relation to the safe movement of agricultural vehicles. Issues involving the haulage of farm produce in goods vehicles come under the scope of the various transport operator forums and will not be covered by this Committee.
- Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's Agriculture and Food.
- Department of Transport.
- Farm Machinery and Industry Association of WA (FMIA).
- Main Roads WA.
- Motor Trade Association of Western Australia (MTAWA).
- Pastoralists and Graziers Association of Western Australia (PGA).
- Western Australian Farmers Federation (Inc) (WAFarmers).
- Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA).
- Western Australian Police.
- Western Power.
Agricultural and Farm Vehicle licence concessions
The WA Department of Transport (DoT) has one of the most generous concessional licensing schemes available to Australian farmers and provides the WA agricultural industry access to a number of different vehicle licence concessions.
Vehicles that are seasonally licensed are not eligible for farming or other concessions.
Agricultural machines and vehicles used on a farm, or used for the transport of stock, products of, or requisites for, a farming business may be eligible for a reduction in vehicle licence charges (concession ).
Farm vehicle concession
A 100% exemption of vehicle licence charges payable is available for vehicles:
- If the farm is in an area that is declared by the Minister administering the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 to be drought affected or water deficient, to travel between the farm and a water supply for the purpose of carting water for stock or for domestic purposes; or
- Owned by a farmer and used only on the owner's farm; or
- To pass from one portion of the farm to another; or
- To travel between the farm and some other place to carry out firefighting or fire prevention operations; or
- To travel between the farm and some other place to take part in fire control exercises previously authorised by a bush fire control officer appointed under the Bush Fires Act 1954.
This concession does not apply to an agricultural machine or an agricultural special purpose vehicle.
Vehicles licensed with a 'farm vehicle' concession are issued with special number plates, embossed with the word 'FARM', and must be used on public roads only when being driven under the above circumstances. There are no restrictions on the amount of vehicles owned by a farmer that can be licensed with this concession.
An application for a farm vehicle concession can be made at any Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) centre, DoT regional office or DVS agent.
Agricultural machines and agricultural special purpose vehicles concession
A concession is available for agricultural machines or agricultural special purpose vehicles if the vehicle is used only for one or more of the following purposes:
- If the farm is in an area that is declared by the Minister administering the Agriculture Act 1988 to be drought affected or water deficient, to travel between the farm and a water supply for the purpose of carting water for stock or for domestic purposes; or
- To carry out firefighting or fire prevention operations; or
- To pass from one portion of the farm to another; or
- To take part in fire control exercises previously authorised by a bush fire control officer appointed under the Bush Fires Act 1954; or
- To travel between a farm and some other place for farming activities.
This concession can be applied to any agricultural machine or agricultural special purpose vehicle owned by a farmer. There are no restrictions on the amount of vehicles owned by a farmer that can be licensed with this concession.
An application for an agricultural machines or agricultural special purpose vehicle concession can be made at any Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) centre, DoT regional office or DVS agent.
Farm haulage concession
A 50% reduction in vehicle licence charges is available for certain farm haulage vehicles, owned by a farmer, if the vehicle is to be used exclusively or principally to carry the products of, or requisites for, the vehicle owner's farming business.
- A goods vehicle, trailer, semi-trailer or used for the purpose of hauling a trailer or semi-trailer (vehicle combination);
- Owned by a farmer; and
- Used solely or principally for the carrying of the products of, or requisites for, the owner's farming business while on roads and road related areas; and
- Vehicle must have an unloaded mass of over 1,524 kg.
Applicants must provide a current Australian Business Number (ABN) to demonstrate they are operating a farming business.
If your vehicle is one of the following it is not eligible for this concession:
- A converter dolly trailer, unless used in combination with a dog trailer towed by a rigid vehicle.
- Agricultural machines or agricultural special purpose vehicles.
- Vehicles used for agistment purposes or used to transport horses.
- Vehicle used to transport goods and services for third parties for financial reward (i.e. operating a transport business).
Stock transporter's concession
A 50% reduction in vehicle licence charges is available for certain vehicles owned by a person who carries on the business of transporting stock.
To be eligible for a stock transporter concession the vehicle must:
- Be owned by a person who carries on the business of transporting stock; and
- Be used by the person exclusively or principally for journeys that involve the carriage of stock; and
- Have an unloaded mass exceeding 1,524 kg.
For the purpose of this concession stock is defined as cattle, sheep, goats or swine. Vehicles receiving this concession must not be used for purposes other than transporting stock.
Where a vehicle is being used to transport goods other than stock, the vehicle licence holder must submit a 'Delete/Reinstate Stock Transporter Concession' (E5) by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 1300 228 970 to remove and/or reinstate the concession.
An application for a stock transporter concession can be made at any Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) centre, DoT regional office or DVS agent.
Farmers motor injury insurance rebate - Class 2(F)
Certain vehicles with a tare weight of 2,500 kg or more, owned by a farmer, may be eligible for a 50% rebate on the motor injury insurance premium.
To claim a reduction in motor injury insurance an 'Application for Motor Vehicle Insurance Class 2(f)' form (E10) must be completed and submitted at the same time a concession application is made.
If you already hold a vehicle licence fee concession on a vehicle your future renewal reminders will be calculated and issued with the fee concession stated on the renewal notice.
License an agricultural machine or farm vehicle
Certain non-standard motor vehicles are exempt from the requirement to be inspected prior to the grant of a vehicle licence. This includes a motor vehicle that:
- Is designed for use primarily in industry (whether in the public or private sector) and to be driven or controlled by a person carried in or on the vehicle; and
- Is not designed for use primarily for the carriage on roads of passengers or goods or for hauling a semitrailer;
Or a motor vehicle that:
- Is, or has permanently attached to it, an excavator, road roller, road grader, bulldozer, mechanical shovel, plough, rotary hoe or similar plant; and
- Is designed to be driven or controlled by a person carried in or on the vehicle; and
- Is not suitable for the carriage of any load other than accessories necessary for the operation of the vehicle
While these vehicles may be exempt from a vehicle inspection that ensures the vehicle meets the prescribed standards and requirements for that vehicle, DoT officers may need to examine the vehicle to assess and confirm the vehicle's specifications prior to the grant of a WA vehicle licence. This examination will incur a fee.
Towed agricultural implements documents
The Agricultural Vehicles Advisory Committee (AVAC), chaired by Driver and Vehicle Services, developed the 'Towed Agricultural Implement Guide' and a series of fact sheets to assist farmers with the movement of towed agricultural equipment.