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Supporting local and international manufacture to conduct high-volume vehicle modifications or import new complete vehicles

  • We provide clear guidance on importing complete vehicles while cutting through the complexities to get your vehicles on Australian roads
  • Our team of dedicated experts will guide local manufacturers through the Second Stage of Manufacture process and enable high-volume modification work such as motorhome conversions, electric drivetrain conversions and emergency service vehicle fit-outs.

Second Stage of Manufacture

General Explanation

Second Stage of Manufacture Approval (SSM) is required to allow new vehicles to enter the country from overseas if they have had a body fitted outside of Australia (to an Australian approved cab chassis) and the fitment of the body is not covered by the chassis manufacturer’s Identification Plate Approval (IPA). SSM can also be used by Australian vehicle body builders to prevent the need for individual VSB6 certification to be carried out on each identical vehicle that they fit a body to.

Scope of immediate works:

Consultation services prior to preparation of Second Stage of Manufacture application, including:

  1. Advising which Australian Design Rules (ADRs) are applicable to the vehicle,
  2. Which tests must be conducted by the Licensee to prove ADR compliance (if applicable),
  3. Which test results and/or evidence of compliance is required to be supplied by the Licensee for the applications and
  4. Which permanent modifications (if any) need to be carried out on the vehicles.
  5. Registering [the relevant party] as a Licensee with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD).
  6. Registering [the relevant party] as a Production Facility and a Design Facility with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD).

Preparation of Second Stage of Manufacture (SSM) applications for new vehicle, including:

    1. Preparation of electronic forms for submission to the (DIRD).
    2. Review of test reports (where applicable) which provide supporting evidence for above mentioned electronic forms.
    3. Liaising with DIRD/Licensee/Design Facility/Production Facility throughout the application process until approval is granted.

TCS must make it clear that we will be acting as an agent on behalf of the customer to achieve SSM. TCS will assess test results and/or evidence of compliance before it is submitted to the DIRD and the DIRD will ultimately determine (based on the information provided in the submission) whether or not the vehicles comply with the relevant Australian Design Rules (ADRs). Once SSM is granted, it will be the responsibility of the Licensee to implement quality control procedures to ensure ongoing ADR compliance is achieved. Once SSM is granted, the vehicles can be imported into and sold in Australia once the Licensee has obtained the appropriate import approval. SSM approval is not an Import Approval.

Click on the links below for examples of SSM applications prepared by Transport Certification Services:

The Licensee needs to be familiar with their responsibilities which can be found by following the links below: