Fees and concessions

Vehicle registration fees

To find out the cost to register your vehicle follow the steps on this page.

Your total fee including compulsory third party insurance, emergency services levy and lifetime support scheme levy will be included in the calculation.

Vehicle is already registered in your name

  1. Go to calculate renewal fees.
  2. Enter your licence or client number.
  3. Pick an option in the drop down lists for your plate type.
  4. Enter your plate number
  5. Choose 'yes' or 'no' to the input tax credit question.

Click on 'next' at the bottom right hand side of the page to display the fees.

Registering the vehicle in your name for the first time

  1. Go to general fees enquiry.
  2. Select your vehicle type and body type from the list of options in the drop down lists.
  3. Choose 'yes' or 'no' to the input tax credit question.
  4. Click on 'next' at the bottom right hand side of the page.
  5. Select the premium class and number of cylinders from the list of options in the drop down lists. If your enquiry is for trucks and heavy vehicles you will also need to put in the mass, gross vehicle mass, gross combination mass and configuration code.
  6. Enter the value of the vehicle to calculate the amount of the stamp duty payable.
  7. Click on 'next' at the bottom right hand side of the page to display the fees.

Historic vehicles

These fees are effective from 1 July 2017.

Duration ITC entitled No ITC entitlement
12 months $90.40 $91.45
24 months $173.80 $175.90
36 months $257.20 $260.35

The fee includes the compulsory third party insurance premium, emergency services levy for both metropolitan and country premium classes (19/39/69 and 89) and for all types of vehicles, cycles and trailers.

An administration fee also applies.

Compulsory third party insurance premiums

To find out the amount of your compulsory third party insurance premium that you pay when you register your vehicle go to the EzyReg website.

Your total fee showing the amount of your compulsory third party insurance premium will be included in the calculation.

Emergency Services Levy

To find out the amount of emergency services levy you need to pay when you register your vehicle go to the EzyReg website. Your total fee showing the amount of emergency services levy will be included in the calculation.

If you need help understanding the emergency services levy telephone 1300 366 150, Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.

Lifetime Support Scheme

The Lifetime Support Scheme (LSS) levy was applied to all South Australian motor vehicle registrations except trailers from July 2014. While the levy represented a new cost in registering a motor vehicle, this has been offset by significant reductions in CTP insurance premiums from July 2013. In fact, the combined cost of the annual CTP insurance premium and the new levy is about 10% less for an average vehicle than it would have been if there had been no reforms.

The levy is used to provide ongoing treatment, care and support for anyone who suffers a serious lifelong disability from a motor vehicle accident in South Australia. Some examples of the disabilities covered include paraplegia, quadriplegia, brain injuries, whole limb amputations, severe burns and blindness.

This new approach to personal injury insurance expands cover to everyone who suffers these injuries in car accidents after 1 July 2014, regardless of who is at fault. The LSS provides a level of care that previously did not exist.  People who sustained these injuries in a motor vehicle accident before the LSS was introduced may not have received any compensation, or the compensation they received may have been inadequate to pay for the care and support they needed.

Calculate your costs

Use the EzyReg calculators to find out how much you will be charged when you register your vehicle. Each component of the total fee will be shown, including the lifetime support scheme levy.

Calculate registration renewal costs - your vehicle
Calculate registration costs - new or used vehicle

How the levy is set and charged

The amount of the levy is determined annually and is based on the estimated lifetime costs of providing treatment, care and support to people who are seriously injured in that year.

The amount you pay is based on the CTP category of your vehicle. There is no concession applied to this component of overall registration costs because it applies to a class of vehicle rather than to the owner.

Lifetime Support Scheme

The Lifetime Support Scheme is funded by the levy and administered by the Lifetime Support Authority (LSA). It is part of a national agreement to create a better insurance scheme for those who sustain serious lifelong disabilities in car accidents. The LSA will cover people who receive serious lifelong disabilities from motor vehicle accidents within South Australia.

Previously, people who sustained lifelong disabilities in motor vehicle accidents didn't qualify for support unless someone else was to blame for their accident. For example, a driver who is now paraplegic or quadriplegic because their car hit a kangaroo wasn't compensated for their ongoing treatment and care. Under the new scheme it doesn't matter who is at fault for an accident, and anyone who has this type of accident and serious disability will receive lifetime treatment, care and support.

The LSA website has information about eligibility, the type of support available and how to access the scheme.

Goods and services tax

Transport fees in South Australia that attract goods and services tax (GST) include:

  • compulsory third party insurance (CTPI) premiums
  • various miscellaneous payment transactions
  • commercial driving hour log books.

GST is not payable on:

  • the registration fee or stamp duty when making a registration payment
  • number plates
  • driver licences.

Input Tax Credits

Registered businesses can claim an Input Tax Credit (ITC) for GST amounts paid on CTPI premiums.

When registering or renewing a registration, indicate whether the vehicle will be used for any purpose that entitles the owner to any ITC.

This is a Yes/No question on the application. If 'Yes' (ITC entitled) a tax invoice will automatically be provided on the receipt for payment of registration and CTPI (Certificate of Registration).

The tax invoice includes the ABN of the Motor Accident Commission (MAC), the registration fee and the individual amounts received for the CTPI premium and the GST on the CTPI.

Fees on the third party insurance premium schedule

Please note that the fees listed on the compulsory third party insurance premium schedule and the registration renewal notice include a stamp duty amount that is payable by MAC. GST is not payable on stamp duty, so the GST payable will be less than 1/11th of the total premium.

What's on receipts issued

The receipts issued from the various payments that attract GST meet the requirements of a tax invoice. These receipts show the ABN of the department, the words 'tax invoice' and the amount of GST paid.

Contacts

For more information contact the Australian Taxation Office Tax Reform Infoline on 132 478.

The Australian Business Number (ABN) for the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is 92 366 288 135.


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Page last updated 5 July 2017

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