Tighter regulations have been put to reduce emissions in Australia for quite some time now. However, there are certainly still exemptions to the rule and it is the responsibility of importers to prove that their goods qualify for them.
Remember, that the emission standards are not necessarily concerned if the product is petrol-powered or gas-powered. It is focused primarily on outdoor power equipment and marine engines (especially new spark-ignition types that generate around the 25 horse-power range). Such regulated goods will need the documentation and licenses in order to comply.
On the other hand, exemptions can be made based on a product’s end purpose or certain situations that the product will be used. These are classified as exemption categories and can be briefly described as:
These are described to be exported from Australia but not necessarily for use within the country without the appropriate licenses.
- National Security
Goods that have been designated for the use of the Australian Defense Force or national law enforcement bodies are also exempted for the purpose of maintaining security and order.
First-responders and other disaster relief organisations share the same exemptions as groups involved with national security.
Products that have yet to be tested and evaluated for compliance with emissions standards can be exempted for that purpose. The same goes even for displaying them while they are being worked on to meet the standards.
- Replacement Engines
Another exemption exists to allow the quick replacement of unserviceable engines instead of creating the need for redundant or unnecessary reissuing of licenses and certifications.
- Competitive Events
Some of the regulated products may be used in organised competitions. And as such, they will be exempted provided that these will be strictly for that use.
As a side note, you can also look back to the type of equipment or engines that the emissions standard rules focus on.
If your imports primarily include secondhand equipment or engines that produce far lower output than 25 horsepower, then they will not be captured by the standard either. Hopefully, knowing these conditions can be a quick, shorthand guide to making sure that logistics continue to run smoothly without any surprise needs for certifications on emissions.