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.

What are the compliance rules for small trailers used on the highway

For customers new to the industry, building a caravan for use on the roads can be daunting. How do you find out what is required in so far as road rules are concerned? There is a system of National Standards for vehicles know as ADRs (Australian Design Rules) in addition…

What do all the weight terms mean such as GVM & ATM?

To understand what size of caravan you can tow with your tow vehicle it is important to understand the meanings of the terminology used. The following terms are the most common used when discussing towing possibilities and weight ratings related to small trailers. These are the official ADR definiti

What is the NSW requirement for trailer break-away systems?

The NSW RTA has specific requirements for the break-away brake systems on caravan and trailers with a GTM rating over 2.0 tonne. Vehicle Inspectors Bulletin No 06 details the provision of a device to inform the driver (while in the normal seating position) of the charge-condition of the battery in&h