What sort of modifications might be required to ensure my imported car is RAWS compliant

Jack Sandher - Thursday, June 12, 2014

What Changes Might Be Needed to Make Your Car RAWS Compliant


Following the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme (RAWS) is a legal requirement. Thus, modifying your car to ensure it complies with RAWS conditions is necessary and it can become a very costly ordeal. This article outlines the most common modifications you should expect to ensure RAWS compliance.

Full Car Service


The first step to ensuring RAWS compliance is to get a full car service so they can pinpoint the areas of your car that demand modification. You should consult a specialized automotive mechanic that is experienced and well-informed about RAWS compliance. Be prepared to expect a lot of changes to your car.

Types of Modifications


Before a car is road-worthy or ready to be imported, the car must undergo, but are not limited to, these common modifications:

  • Seating reference planes must be readjusted
  • Seatbelt replacement
  • Engine tune and test
  • New tires
  • Car properly steamed
  • Door hinges replaced
  • Air-conditioning gases removed
  • Head restraint height must be fitted with spacers
  • SEVS properly fitted
  • New break pads and brake system conversion
  • Complete service of car
  • Fuel tank alteration
  • Child restraint anchorage installation
  • Brake fluid replacement

RAWS inspection


In addition to these modifications, the car must pass a number of tests. The last step, after you have modified your car, is to undergo a RAWS inspection to make sure your car has been properly modified to be road-worthy in Australia. The tests include beam and torsional tests, lane change maneuvering test, gaseous emission test and a noise test.