DIY Learning Centre | Compliance Information

Compliance Regulations are in place for the protection of ourselves, other members of the public and property. It is imperative for anyone building a product for use on the public highway to ensure ALL the relevant regulations are strictly complied with.

The compliance information on this website is not an exhaustive record but a summary of the most important areas that should be  understood and complied with if they are relevant to your project.

Compliance is complex – with Australian Standards and Australian Design Rules applying across all States and Territories whilst many other Regulations (such as gas compliance, brake controllers etc) varying between individual States.

DIY Caravans strongly recommends the finished project is certified as compliant by an Approved Engineer. This certificate will assist when you first register the caravan/vehicle at your State Transport Office.

Click here to view an Example-Trailer-Compliance-Cerificate

DIY Caravans has applied to become a member of the Caravan and Trade Industry Association of Queensland, and will be able to offer DIY customers guidance on compliance matters if you have any specific queries.

Building a fully compliant DIY project has many benefits for the builder:

  • You can enjoy it safely with your friends and family
  • Reduces the risk of any breakdowns or failures
  • It will be easy to get Certification by a local engineer
  • Certification will enhance the resale value
  • Having a road worthy done will be straightforward

By drawing on our many years of manufacturing experience, DIY provides summary information that will take you to the appropriate website or organisation to find out all you need to know.  In the Caravan Industry the most relevant areas to understand are:

  • Building a small trailer for use on the highway
  • Towing weights – understanding the terms used and what weight you can legally tow
  • Gas installations
  • 240 volt installations
  • Safe towing on the road

DIY will continue to provide compliance information for its customers. Please type in your keywords (eg electrics) in the search facility at the top of the page to learn more.

Gas Installations and Ventilation Requirements

Should you choose to install an LPG system in your project this work must by law be carried out by a Qualified Gas Work Licence Holder who will be familiar with the safety requirements as laid out in the Australian Standard AS / NZ 5601.2:2020 One of the requirements relates…

Front and Rear Lamps – what are the legal requirements?

The information below is kindly provided by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia -August 2021 - and has been reproduced here to help customers understand the rules regarding the correct location of lamps on vehicles. For towable vehicles, the end outline marker lamps (front and rear) must n

What is the RVSA and does it apply to me as a self builder?

The Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) is the biggest legislative change the Australian Caravan Industry has seen in over 30 years. For Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers and Importers in Australia, the RVSA is set to completely transform the industry as we know it. Under the RVSA, Manufacturers and