Roadworthy's - Which States/Territories Require? - Red Plum Automotive

  • by: redplum • 4 years ago

Roadworthy’s – Which States/Territories require a seller to have one done for a car to be sold. On a recent trip to Western Australia, we were reminded that roadworthy’s were not a requirement for private vehicle sales in the west. Most people would assume it is the same in all States and Territories. Confused? Don’t be. We have simplified it for you and identified the States and Territories that require or don’t require a Roadworthy.



·      Queensland, very strict requirements for vehicles being sold, deregistered vehicles or interstate vehicles and the certificate must be displayed once the vehicle goes on sale

·      Victoria doesn’t require a roadworthy to sell but without one the registration cannot be transferred, so it is recommended.

·      ACT the same as Victoria, also it is recommended.

·      NSW although a little less clear. If under 5 years a blue slip is required which is a safety inspection and includes an integrity check. That includes vin, engine numbers etc. If a vehicle is over 5 years or selling or transferring interstate a pink slip or e-safety check of the vehicle is required. A safety check at the time of sale is not required as all vehicles must have a safety check carried out every year and this must be supplied to complete the pink slip.



·      Western Australia not for private vehicles unless imported or modified.

·      Tasmania but they have what is called the Defective Vehicle and Random Vehicle Inspection call-in scheme in place to check vehicles that may be considered un-roadworthy.

·      NT if your vehicle is under 3 years old and under 4.5 tonnes before it is registered, renewed or transferred from interstate, it must be inspected and issued with a compliance certificate.



In each State that does require a roadworthy or safety certificate, a qualified and authorised examiner of that State must carry it out. This inspection usually takes about 40 – 50 minutes and a detailed report is issued. If the vehicle fails this check it cannot be sold until the faults are rectified. Generally within 14 days. Check with your State Department to ensure correct compliance as there is some variation.

What an inspection will check

·      Tyres including spare

·      Body Rust/ Damage

·      Interior Trims

·      Roof

·      Engine

·      Gear Box

·      Differential

·      Brakes

·      Steering

·      Suspension

·      Windscreen

·      Lights

·      Exhaust

If you need a roadworthy done for a vehicle or if you would like advice on purchasing a used vehicle or even have us help sell a vehicle we recommend Redbook Inspect. Redbook Inspect operates around the country and have qualified mechanics that generally can come to you for roadworthy inspections or pre-purchase inspections. You might also find this story Sell Privately V Trade car to a dealer useful if you are looking a selling or buying a used car.



Knowing which State/Territory require roadworthy’s can be a little confusing at first. However, it is very important to clarify this whether you are a seller or a buyer. Particularly if you are buying interstate.

For those States that don’t require a roadworthy for a sale to occur, we always recommend a Pre-Purchase inspection of any used vehicle. The small investment made in this could save you thousands in the long run. Roadworthy’s- which State/Territories require one is key information when buying or selling a car privately.