NSW Rego Costs to Be Slashed by up to $471

Article by · June 9, 2018 ·

New South Wales caravan owners have been burdened for a long time with the second highest caravan registration costs in the country, although this is all about to change. From a caravan dealership in Lismore, Melinda Pavey, NSW Minister for Roads, announced that there will be a 40 per cent reduction in the motor vehicle tax on privately owned caravans from November 1 this year.

In a post on social media, Ms Pavey said, “I’m thrilled with this announcement today which will see the motor vehicle tax for private caravan owners reduced by 40 per cent from November 1 this year.
Our region’s grey nomads, families and adventurers will benefit from this reduction and allow people to spend their money on the things they love – including camping and caravanning around NSW.
The change will apply to towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers weighing up to 4.5 tonnes, putting a saving of up to $471 back into the pockets of hard working families.

Under the plan, caravan owners will still have to pay the caravan registration cost, which is $65, but it’s the motor vehicle tax which has been cut on caravans or trailers weighing up to 4.5 tonnes, so even the 4 tonne, triple axle caravan the Kedron just built will be cheaper to register in NSW. Currently a 4.5 tonne trailer costs $1177 + $65 to register, while a 3500kg caravan costs $898 + the $65 registration fee. Under the new scheme the three-and-a-half tonne trailer would cost $603.80. Still not quite as good as Victoria, which charges just $54, but a saving’s a saving. Below are the current and proposed Motor Vehicle Tax changes.

Add $65 for the actual rego cost.

Do you think this is a big enough cut in NSW caravan rego costs? Let us know below. 


About Brendan Batty

ROAM's fearless editor, Brendan's most often found searching for the next best campsite, or fixing his caravan so it will make it to just one more.


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    Ingrid Pallister

    It is better but should be in line with Victoria who are much cheaper.

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    Lyn Davey

    Seems discriminatory to motorhome owners who get no discount. Considering Moho’s aren’t used every day of the year consideration should be given to include call RVs. I don’t understand the methodology behind this but am delighted for car a van owners nevertheless

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    Caravans don’t have a motor emitting fumes and caravan owners pay full rego on tow vehicle so they pay twice so Motorhomes should pay once

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    At the end of the day it is a good move by the NSW government. Having said that it is still expensive for a recreational trailer. My large caravan was registered in Queensland at $220.00 I transferred it to NSW at a cost of $728.
    Come November it will only cost $462. A great saving but still more than double the cost of Queensland. I think the cost in Victoria is ridiculously cheap and I believe the Queensland charge is very reasonable and should be considered by all the States in Australia.

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    Glynis Whitfield

    I am waiting for ACT to follow suit. Currently more expensive than NSW. I would love to see the regos come down. Having said that, i now have a daughter living in Victoria and a son living in NSW, so I may have to move.

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    Tony Irving

    Can I assume that 5th wheels are included. Also is the 4500kg weight up to or including as my 5th wheel weighs 4500kg? Finally has anyone asked what was the basis of the reduction. If it was to stop people registering in another state then with the cost differential between NSW and Victoria and even Queensland it will fail. If it was for another reason please enlighten us.

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