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Cheaper registration (concessional)

There are a range of concessions available that can reduce the cost of registering a vehicle in Queensland for eligible applicants. When applying, you will need to provide evidence that you qualify for that concession. Some concessions do require additional forms to be completed—check the specific concession you want to apply for.

Concessions are available for:

Senior, pensioner and impaired service person

You may be eligible for a reduction on your vehicle or boat registration fee if you are:

  • a Queensland Seniors Card holder (not available to holders of a Seniors Business Discount Card)
  • a Queensland Pensioner Concession Card holder
  • a prescribed services person (current or former member of the Australian Defence Force) and you are
    • receiving a disability pension and have been assessed as at least 70% incapacitated under the Veterans Entitlement Act 1986, or
    • receiving or have received a permanent impairment payment and have been assessed as having at least 50 impairment points under the Military Rehabilitation Compensation Act 2004.

You can only receive this concession for 1 vehicle and 1 recreational boat at a time. You will need to fill out a new form each time you wish to transfer this concession to a different vehicle or boat. You can only claim 1 concession per couple.

How to apply

Complete the registration concession application (F3937) (PDF, 602KB) and take it to your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre or, if you live in a rural area, a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services.

You will also need to show your Queensland Seniors Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs confirming your level of incapacitation or impairment. If you hold a Seniors Card or you’re a prescribed services person, you only have to prove your concession once. If you have a Pensioner Concession Card you must show it every time you apply for cheaper registration.  

You must be a resident of Queensland.

Registration refund

You can only apply for a refund of the difference of the full registration amount and the concession amount if:

  • you are eligible for a concession
  • you have a vehicle or boat already registered in your name
  • you paid the full registration amount.

If you get your concession card during your current registration period, you can apply for the concession the next time it is renewed.

Primary producer and co-operative associations

A concession is available for vehicles that are used by primary producers and co-operative associations involved in the business of primary production.

Primary producers

This concession is available if you are involved mainly in the primary production of clothing or food (derived from agriculture, dairying, fishing, raising of livestock or viticulture). Vehicles must be owned by you and must be used only in connection to your business as a primary producer.

Eligible vehicles for this concession are:

  • prime movers or trucks with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 6t or more
  • trailers with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) of over 4.5t.

How to apply

You will need to complete the registration concession application (F4517) (PDF, 47KB) and take it to your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre or, if you live in a rural area, a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services.

Co-operative association

Eligible vehicles for this concession must be registered in the name of the co-operative and may only carry produce owned by a member of the co-operative. Vehicles can only be used to carry produce between the point of primary production and the first point of processing or other transport (like a rail head).

Eligible vehicles for this concession are:

  • prime movers or trucks with a gross vehicle mass (GVM)of 6t or more
  • trailers with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) 4.5t of over.

How to apply

You will need to complete the registration concession application (F4517) (PDF, 47KB) and take it to your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre or, if you live in a rural area, a QGAP office, Magistrates Court or local police station that provides vehicle registration services.

Farm plates

This concession is available if you are involved mainly in the production of raw material for clothing or food (derived from agriculture, dairying, fishing, raising of livestock or viticulture). Vehicles must be owned by you and must be used only in connection to your business as a primary producer.

  • Vehicles must have a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 4t or less.
  • Trailers with an aggregate trail mass (ATM) or 4.5t or less.

Vehicles not eligible for farm plate registration include:

  • farm tractors
  • non-complying motorcycles.

Vehicles registered with farm plates can only travel between different parcels of land you own. The travelling distance is restricted to the maximum distance allowable as in the Conditional Registration Scheme Zone Access category (section 6.4 of the Guideline for Conditionally Registered Vehicles).

These vehicles are excluded from built up areas.

Find out about conditional registration for other non-standard agricultural vehicles.

How to apply

You will need to complete the registration concession application (F4517) (PDF, 47KB).

Charitable and community service concessions

Charitable and community service organisations both have to meet the requirements shown below.

Requirements

Eligible organisations must have a sole objective of providing direct help, aid and assistance to people in distress. A ‘person in distress’ refers to a person in distress because of: 

  • the death or disability of another or others on whom they were wholly or partly dependant
  • disease, sickness, age, any mental or physical infirmity, poverty or unemployment
  • fire, flood, cyclone, drought, war or any other emergency or catastrophe.

Vehicles can only be used by the organisation to which it is registered to provide help, aid and assistance to people in distress. Vehicles used privately or as part of a salary contract or similar agreement of used for hire and reward or other commercial purpose are not eligible for the concession.

Organisations applying for a concession are required to declare how the vehicles will be used.

Approved vehicle usage includes:

  • collecting and delivering food parcels
  • providing in-home nursing care
  • attending medical appointments with dependent clients
  • transporting clients to a secure location (in cases of domestic violence).

Charitable

Applicants for a charitable exemption must provide a Certificate of Registration as a Charity issued by the Office of Fair Trading under the Collections Act 1966.

Approved organisations are exempt from payment of the registration fee and the traffic improvement fee for eligible vehicles registered to the organisation. The only payment required is the compulsory third party (CTP) insurance premium.

Community service

Applicants for a community service concession must provide a certificate from the Australian Taxation Office ATO showing that the organisation is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient under item 4.1.1 as a public benevolent institution.

Community service concessions enable an approved organisation to pay a reduced registration fee for eligible vehicles registered to the organisation. The full traffic improvement fee and compulsory third party insurance premium are payable.

How to apply for a charitable or community service concession

Complete an application for assessment for a charitable or community service concession (F4508) (PDF, 74KB).

You must provide all the documents listed on the form before your application can be considered. If approved, you will get a concession on eligible vehicles from the date the application was received.

Send your application to:
Registration Policy Unit
Registration and Licensing
PO Box 673
Fortitude Valley Qld 4006

Local governments

Only vehicles that are used only for the purpose of the local government are eligible for this concession. Local government authorities include any shire, city or town council.

How to apply

The representative from a local government authority is required to provide proof such as a business card or identification, or a document from the organisation. They must also provide their personal identification, such as a driver licence, to enable them to register a vehicle in the name of the local government.

You will only need to complete the vehicle registration application (F3518) (PDF, 422KB).

Restricted areas in Queensland

A concession is available for vehicles that are used and garaged in certain restricted areas only. These areas are:

  • Aurukun Shire
  • The community government areas of the following community governments under the Local Government (Community Government Areas) Act 2004 (PDF, 719KB)
    • Doomadgee Shire Council
    • Kowanyama Shire Council
    • Pormpuraaw Shire Council
    • Yarrahbah Shire Council
  • a coastal island that is not joined to the mainland by a bridge
  • the area north of the Archer River from the western to the eastern end of the river
  • the area north of a straight line from the eastern end of the Archer River to Friendly Point.

How to apply

Complete the registration concession application (F4517) (PDF, 47KB).

Special interest vehicles

A concession is available if you are registering a classic and vintage car, a street rod or a historic vehicle. This concession is based on the vehicle having a very strict and limited road use.

This concession is available for the following vehicles:

  • vehicles that are at least 30 years old
  • historic ambulances or historic fire-fighting equipment vehicles
  • street rods (hot rods)—vehicles that have been modified for safe road use and have a body and frame built before 1949
  • replicas of a motor vehicle, the body and frame of which were built before 1949, that is fitted with a modification plate (code LH9).

Vehicles fitted with a modification plate (code LH10) are not eligible for this concession.

The special interest vehicle scheme guide (PDF, 86KB) outlines where and how vehicles under this concession can be used. You and anyone driving your vehicle must follow these conditions at all times.

Vehicles with this concession have limitations placed on their use. Events special interest vehicles can take part in include:

  • rallies organised by incorporated vehicle clubs
  • processions, displays, fetes and other similar events
  • ceremonies such as weddings or formals involving immediate family members, where no fee or reward is given.

Read the Motoring Organisation and Car Club meeting minutes.

How to apply

You need to complete the registration concession application (F3937) (PDF, 1MB).

You will also need to supply both of these documents:

  • evidence of current club membership with a Queensland incorporated vehicle club
  • certification from a dating officer of the vehicle’s authenticity and year of manufacture.

Vehicles used solely to cross roads within an agricultural property

This concession is available for a vehicle where at least 1 of the registered operators is the sole or joint owner of an agricultural property and the vehicle is used solely to cross roads within the property that need to be crossed to operate the property.

How to apply

You will need to complete Part A (restricted area concession) of the registration concession application (F4517) (PDF, 55KB).

Vehicles used solely to travel between 2 agricultural properties, or 2 mining properties, directly across the road from each other

This concession is available for a vehicle where at least 1 of the registered operators is the sole or joint owner of an agricultural property or mining property used solely or partly used for agriculture or mining. It enables the vehicle to cross between the 2 properties facing each other, or the travel along the road for no more than 2km between the 2 properties

How to apply

You will need to complete Part A (restricted area concession) of the registration concession application (F4517) (PDF, 55KB).

Vehicles used solely for fencing of primary producer’s property

This concession is available for a vehicle where at least 1 of the registered operators is the sole or joint owner of a property used for carrying on the registered operator’s business as a primary producer, and the vehicle is used on a road solely to travel on roads within the property to maintain or remove the property’s fences.

How to apply

You will need to complete Part A (restricted area concession) of the registration concession application (F4517) (PDF, 55KB).

Vehicles built for mineral, water or oil exploration

This concession is available for vehicles that are used solely to carry mineral, oil or water exploration equipment in Queensland.

These vehicle cannot easily be able to be converted into ordinary goods vehicles.

How to apply

You will also need to complete the registration concession application (F3630) (PDF, 53KB).

Vehicles built to carry well boring equipment

This concession is available for vehicles that are used solely for carrying on the business of well boring and that are based in Queensland and have well boring equipment permanently attached to the chassis.

These vehicles cannot be easily converted into ordinary goods vehicles.

How to apply

You will need to complete the registration concession application (F3630) (PDF, 53KB).

Vehicles used in bee keeping

This concession is available for vehicles that are used solely as a mobile workshop for the purpose of bee keeping.

How to apply

You will need to complete the registration concession application (F3630) (PDF, 53KB).

Vehicles used by bona fide prospectors (not miners)

This concession is available for vehicles based in Queensland that are used solely for carrying on the business of prospecting. They must operate solely in those areas listed under schedule 6 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2010 (PDF, 850KB).

How to apply

You will need to complete the registration concession application (F3630) (PDF, 53KB).

Last updated
25 June 2014

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