Thank you vey much for answers and Ivan, thanks for your offer to help.I will post our experience when we sort everything out.
Here is info from Victoria roads:
A motor vehicle visiting from overseas may be driven in Australia if it meets all of the following conditions:
- it is registered in its home country, and its registration must remain current while the vehicle is driven in Australia (sometimes referred to as carnet du passage); and
- it is visiting on a temporary basis.
To be driven in Australia, the motor vehicle must have appropriate transport accident cover (TAC85). To obtain the appropriate TAC cover you may contact the VicRoads Call Centre on 13 11 71 within Australia or on + 61 3 9854 7763 from overseas (8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 2.00pm Saturday), to discuss your enquiry further with a VicRoads consultant. Please have a valid Visa or MasterCard with you when calling.
You may also attend a VicRoads Customer Service Centre (CSC) Office locations & opening hours : VicRoads
if this would be more convenient. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, EFTPOS, Visa or MasterCard when attending the CSC.
At the time of your call or attending the CSC please request a TAC85 permit and you will need to provide the following information for the permit:
- registration number
- year of manufacture of the vehicle
- body type of vehicle
- make and model
- VIN/Chassis number or Engine number
- Colour of the vehicle
- Start and end date you require the permit for
- Fax number to send the permit to (when telephoning)
The maximum allowable period for use in Australia is normally 12 months, at which time the vehicle must leave Australia.
If these vehicles are used in left hand drive configuration it is advisable to display a left hand drive sign. The words "Left hand Drive" in lettering 75mm high and of proportionate width must be clearly and legibly displayed on the rear of the vehicle.
You will need to contact each state you will be travelling to, to confirm what the requirements are for that jurisdiction. I have provided the following link Related links : VicRoads
to the VicRoads website that provides you with a sub link to each state of Australia's transport authority.
Please refer to the heading "Australian road transport agencies" for details of each states transport authority.
Answer from NSW authorities:
"Overseas visitors and tourists may import their vehicle into Australia for a temporary period of up to 12 months by obtaining either a Carnet de Passages en Douane (carnet) from their local (overseas) motoring organisation, or a Vehicle Import Approval (VIA) from the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport (DIT). In either case the document must be obtained before the vehicle arrives in Australia. Registration in NSW is not required, but the vehicle must be exported from Australia within the specified time limit.
Vehicles temporarily visiting NSW from overseas must have current overseas registration. Number plates and labels from the country of origin must also be fitted to the vehicle. It is also recommended that the overseas registration certificate be carried when using the vehicle.
These vehicles are exempt from NSW registration and cannot be issued with an Unregistered Vehicle Permit. Vehicles exempt from NSW registration, are also exempt from Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance. A NSW third party personal injury claim involving a vehicle visiting from overseas is made against the Nominal Defendant Scheme. This scheme is administered by the Motor Accidents Authority (MAA).
Vehicles entering NSW under these circumstances can be right or left-hand drive, and do not need to comply with the Australian Design Rules. However, the vehicle must be roadworthy. Left-hand drive vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) over 4.5 tonnes must display the words 'left-hand drive' on the rear of the vehicle in letters at least 75 millimetres high, with a colour contrast background.
If the vehicle was originally imported under a VIA and the operator remains in Australia and wants to keep the vehicle beyond the VIA's original expiry date, they may apply to DIT to have the VIA amended. If an amendment is approved, the vehicle may then be registered in NSW providing it meets all of the applicable vehicle standards for registration in NSW.
If an amendment is not approved the original import conditions apply and the vehicle must be exported. A vehicle imported under a carnet cannot be registered in NSW and must be exported before the specified time limit expires."