License a motorised wheelchair

Find out about motorised wheelchairs including wheelchairs powered by internal combustion engines or electric motors, and devices referred to as gophers.

  Light vehicle licence (registration) fees (2018/2019)

Light vehicle: Administration fee

Fee type Fee
Light vehicle standard administration recording fee $11.00

Light vehicle: Bulk, transfer and duplicate licence fees

Fee type Fee
Duplicate vehicle licence fee - light vehicles $4.10
Licence Administration Fee (Bulk licensing fee) - light vehicles $12.40
Transfer fee - light vehicles $16.30

Light vehicle: Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) not exceeding 4,500 kg fees

Fee type Fee
Per 100 kg
Light vehicle registration: Caravan (motor propelled), per 100 kg $22.96
Light vehicle registration: Caravan (trailer type), per 100 kg $5.74
Light vehicle registration: Converter dolly, per 100 kg $11.48
Light vehicle registration: Fork lift, per 100 kg $5.74
Light vehicle registration: Goods vehicle, per 100 kg $22.96
Light vehicle registration: Mobile crane, per 100 kg $5.74
Light vehicle registration: Motor car, per 100 kg $22.96
Light vehicle registration: Omnibus, per 100 kg $22.96
Light vehicle registration: Other trailer, not being a plant trailer truck, per 100 kg $11.48
Light vehicle registration: Plant trailer, per 100 kg $5.74
Light vehicle registration: Semi-trailer, per 100 kg $11.48
Light vehicle registration: Tow motor, per 100 kg $5.74
Light vehicle registration: Tow truck, per 100 kg $22.96
Light vehicle registration: Tractor (not prime mover), per 100 kg $5.74
Light vehicle registration: Tractor plant truck, per 100 kg $5.74 [^]
Light vehicle registration: Trailer, per 100 kg $11.48
Light vehicle registration: Truck, per 100 kg $22.96
Motorcycles
Light vehicle registration: Motorcycle (not exceeding 250 cc), per 100 kg $45.92
Light vehicle registration: Motorcycle (power to weight ratio not exceeding 150 kW/t), per 100 kg $45.92
Light vehicle registration: Motorcycle (power to weight ratio exceeding 150 kW/t), per 100 kg $68.88
Light vehicle registration: Motorcycle (exceeding 250 cc), per 100 kg $68.88

[^] A maximum fee limit equal to the fee for licence class PSV applies, per 100 kg

Light vehicle: Example, how to calculate your vehicle licence fee

In the following example, a 12 month renewal is applied to a standard motor car (weight: 1,650 kg):

Calculate your light vehicle licence fee Fee calculation
Vehicle fee per 100 kg x Total weight (rounded up to the nearest 100 kg) / 100 $22.96 x (1,700 kg / 100) = $390.32
Plus prescribed flat fee $13.20 (12-month renewal: ($13.20x50%) = $6.60) $6.60
Total vehicle licence fee (rounded to the nearest five cents) $396.90

Notes:

  • Prescribed flat fee for a vehicle for a period of one year is $13.20.
  • Any vehicle renewal term less than 12 months; calculation will be $13.20 divided by 12 then multiplying by the number of months in respect of which the renewal is paid.
    • 6-month renewal: ($13.20/12)*6 = $6.60.
    • 3-month renewal: ($13.20/12)*3 = $3.30.

Key:

  • GVM = Gross vehicle Mass. kg = kilogram. cc = cubic centimetre, engine displacement.
  • kW/t = kilowatt per tonne, 1 m² / S³.

  License a motorised wheelchair

10 km/h limit

Motorised wheelchairs include wheelchairs driven by petrol, diesel or electric engines, and vehicles referred to as 'gophers'.

Motorised wheelchairs must be designed so that they cannot exceed a speed of 10 km/h.

Limiting the speed of motorised wheelchairs to 10 km/h means:

  • The driver of these vehicles will be legally defined as a pedestrian.
  • A vehicle designed with this restriction is not legally considered as a motorised vehicle and does not need to be licensed.
  • Drivers of these wheelchairs are not required to hold a driver's licence.
  • Not required to pay compulsory Motor Injury Insurance (MII).

Motorised wheelchairs capable of higher speeds

Motorised wheelchairs that are capable of travelling faster than 10 km/h do not have pedestrian status and must be treated as road going vehicles. They would need to be either:

  • Returned to the manufacturer so that the top speed can be limited to 10 km/h, or
  • Conditionally licensed for the road.

Where a genuine need is demonstrated, vehicles that are more suitable for higher speeds (for example: quad bikes) can be conditionally licensed as motorised wheelchairs.

Modifications (such as the addition of indicator lights and proper road going tyres) may need to be made to these vehicles to ensure road safety.

 

Page last updated: Thu Nov 15 2018 8:54:03 AM