Registration relief for farmers

Registration relief for farmers

6 September 2018

To give farmers and their families some much needed drought relief from 30 July 2018 the NSW government are waiving registration charges on Class 1 agricultural vehicles.

In addition, farmers will also benefit from a rebate on heavy vehicle registration costs for the next two years.

Waiving registration charges on Class 1 agricultural vehicles

What is a Class 1 agricultural vehicle?

- A Class 1 agricultural vehicle exceeds one or more of the following prescribed dimensions

  • 2.5m wide, 4.3m high, 12.5m long, 42.5 tonnes gross mass (or exceeding a statutory axle mass limit)

- Has its own automotive power

- Is built to perform agricultural tasks (and registered/insured for on farm use)

Example of vehicles that are eligible for the relief may include Loader, Bulldozer, harvester, picker, sprayer, excavator, spreader, grader, tractor

The measures are intended to give relief to farmers. The waiver of registration fees applies to new registrations and renewals of Class 1 agricultural vehicles that are oversize and/or overmass.

You will need to complete a Drought Relief Declaration which supports the fact that you are a farmer with a Class 1 agricultural vehicle and have been impacted by the drought.
Eligible primary producers can claim a refund if rego was due after 30 July 2018 and has already been paid.

Registration refunds and rebates

A rebate will apply to all primary producers who register or renew their heavy vehicle from 1 July 2018 up to 30 June 2020.

  • All primary producers who register a heavy vehicle from 1 November 2018 will automatically receive a rebate at the time of registration when paying online or in person
  • Customers who pay their registration between 1 July 2018 and 31 October 2018 will also be eligible for a refund on registration costs that have been paid and will be contacted by Roads and Maritime.
  • A dedicated hotline will be available for customers to call from November 2018.

You are eligible if:

  • You have completed a declaration of eligibility for a registration concession and ticked primary producer (and provide a primary producer declaration signed by your accountant)
  • You are the registered operator of a heavy vehicle (>4.5tonnes) with usage code PPG or PPGN
  • The vehicle was registered on or from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020 inclusive

The rebate includes some registration costs, but does not include:

  • CTP insurance
  • Heavy vehicle inspection fees
  • Stamp duty
  • Number plate fee

Refunds are available for some past heavy vehicle registration charges paid from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2018. Affected Primary producers will be contacted by mail and notified of the process to claim their refund.

You will be eligible if:

  • You are the registered operator of a heavy vehicle (>4.5tonnes) with usage code PPG or PPGN
  • The vehicle was registered on or from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2018 inclusive
  • You paid for the registration

For more information please visit or speak to your local Boyce accountant.

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