Cars and Transport in Australia

Cars and Transport in Australia

Below is the key facts you need to take into consideration when buying a car in Australia. You will probably need to utlise Australia's fine public transport while you are looking for a car, or rent a car when you first get there to make exploring your new city easier.

You can find out more information on Australia's public transport by following this link:

Buying a Car in Australia

Buying a car in Australia can be a confusing task, as rules and costs vary from state to state. When buying a vehicle you need to factor in all the 'hidden' costs & taxes that the various state governments throw in.

A few key points worth noting are:

  • In Australia, you pay stamp duty to the state government when you buy a car (How much depends on which state you are in, and what type of car you are buying)

  • New cars are subject to 10% GST (Some 2nd hand cars may also be subject to GST)

  • Stamp duty is charged on the full price of the car, INCLUDING GST

  • Rules vary from state to state about roadworthy certificates (the equivalent of an MOT, for those from the UK).

  • Fuel prices, although significantly cheaper than the UK & europe, are, like everywhere else, climbing steeply.

  • Luxury Car Tax applies on new cars over $57,009

  • Car Registration is an annual road tax that varies from state to state

Driving in Australia

New Zealanders can generally use their New Zealand drivers licence in Australia for the first three months after they arrive, provided it has not expired or been suspended. After three months New Zealanders normally have to apply for a drivers licence from the authorities in the State or Territory where they live.

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0 # ANSWER: CarsMTA Team 2015-08-03 07:44
Hi Dillen,

Thank you for your enquiry.

Please email Nikita at Ausmove, she can help arrange shipping your vehicle to Australia from South Africa ().

Good luck with your move.
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0 # Cars Dillen Hans 2015-08-01 03:04
Hello wondered if you can help...can I ship my car from South afrika over to here in australia. Please help... thanks a lot
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