Car Registration Costs by State in Australia

Car Registration Costs By State In Australia

Q: How much does it cost to register a car in Australia?

A: The cost of vehicle registration varies depending on which state or territory you’re in, and can range in price from a few hundred dollars to over $1000.

All forms of personal transport come with additional running costs, which include having to pay registration for your car, as well as getting compulsory third-party car insurance (commonly referred to as CTP insurance).

If you’re wondering ,“How much does it cost to register a car?”, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer as there are no uniform federal guidelines – instead, it’s something that’s decided by each individual state and territory, meaning the cost fluctuates depending on where you live.

If that doesn’t sound particularly straightforward, brace yourself, as it only gets knottier.

The deregulation of the insurance industry means that certain states and territories will let you shop around for your CTP insurance (also known as a green slip), while others will roll it into your registration fee.

If you’ve bought a used car and are wondering “Is my car registered?” you can do a car registration check or see if your car registration renewal is due by contacting the motor vehicle authority in your state or territory (a car reg check is typically free of charge).

Also be aware that the below costs are lower if you’re in possession of an eligible concession card.

Car registration in Australia: a state-by-state guide


You can pay for registration for six or 12 months, but the latter option is cheaper.

The registration and CTP are combined with a traffic-improvement fee (for the building and maintaining of roads, not magically curing gridlock, sadly), and what you pay will depend on how many cylinders your car has.

Cars with one, two or three cylinders, electric cars and cars powered by steam (in case you’ve time-traveled to present day from the 18th century) pay a total of $678.65; a four-cylinder car jumps to $751.35; a V6 will set you back $949.80; and a V8 will see you hit up for a considerable $1,165.50.

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Another state, another completely different registration system.

In NSW you’ll pay a flat $68 fee, then a light vehicle tax for cars under 4.5 tonnes that’s based on the tare weight of your vehicle, with business cars charged more than private cars (the lowest you’ll pay for a private car is $221; the highest is $1234).

The information is located here.

In NSW, CTP insurance is purchased separately from an approved provider.

More CTP info is available here.


The ACT is commendably encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) by offering nothing to pay in registration for two years if you own a zero-emission vehicle.

There’s a similar tax to NSW’s based on vehicle weight that can be bought for three, six or 12 months (the longer the cheaper), and this essentially pays for your CTP insurance.

If you’re re-registering a vehicle that has previously been registered in the ACT, the cost is $50.50 (or $99.30 if it’s a first-time registration).

There’s also a bunch of government fees amounting to $92.60, plus a $49.40 admin fee.

For more information, click here.


VicRoads registration is a relatively straightforward process where you’ll pay one fee that lumps together CTP and registration.

There are three tiers, however, that determine how much you’ll pay: for private passenger cars, it’s $845.90 for Melbourne metro area (high risk), $790.90 for outer metro area (medium risk), and $726 for rural (low risk zone).

If you’re after information like the VicRoads transfer fee, you’ve come to the wrong article, but we can point you in the right direction – click here.

Find more on registration here.

South Australia

Shock, horror – a similar, but different, way of doing things.

The registration fee in SA can be paid for either three or 12 months (cheaper), is split between metropolitan and country (cheaper) rates, and also depends on the vehicle you drive (a four-cylinder car is $660 for 12 months on the metro table, but is $540 on the country one).

The CTP must be paid when you register, and there are four insurers to choose from (the registration fees on the website factor in a CTP estimate).

More information here, including doing a registration check.


In Tassie your registration fee depends on the type of vehicle you drive, and there’s both a registration fee and a registration renewal fee (which is cheaper).

The registration of a new three-cylinder will set you back $566.78, and the pricing goes all the way up to a 12-cylinder vehicle (hello Lamborghini buyers) for $716.78.

There’s also a motor tax that applies to each grade of car that starts at $121 and goes up to $271, as well as a Motor Accident Insurance Board fee (the same as CTP cover) which costs $282 (plus $20 duty) for a private light vehicle.

The website is here.

Western Australia

Getting your car registered in WA (also called a ‘car license’ there, because why keep things simple when you can make them confusing) means you’ll be paying per 100kg of your car ($24.56 for a light vehicle), plus a flat fee of $13.20 (it’s half that if you register for 12 months).

There’s also the WA version of CTP called Motor Injury Insurance, which is $457.55 per year for a privately owned light vehicle, plus a $10.30 admin fee, just for kicks.

For more information, click here.

Northern Territory

Coming as a complete surprise to no one, they do things a little differently in the Northern Territory.

Registration fees are dependent on the engine size of the vehicle, meaning you’ll pay as little as $632.75 for 12 months, or as much as $1,272.75 for 12 months (the fee includes a fee for Motor Accidents Compensation, aka NT CTP insurance), plus a $13 admin fee.

For an EV not exceeding 4.5 tonnes GVM, you’ll pay $677.75 for 12 months.

Find out more here.


If you’re transferring a vehicle from another state or territory’s car rego to your name, or are registering a new car for the first time, there can be other fees to be aware of, including transfer fees, stamp duty on a new car (typically between two and four per cent of the purchase price, although an online car stamp duty calculator should help you work it out).

Want more fees? You got ‘em! There can also be fees for:

– Number plates being issued for the first time

– Some cars needing a roadworthy certificate (aka pink slip, or blue slip) every 12 months if you want to renew registration

– Personalised plates

– Luxury Car Tax (LCT), one of the more contentious tax rates

By Stephen Corby


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