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ADR 79/04 Standards/Australian Design Rules for Vehicles as made
This instrument prescribes the exhaust and evaporative emissions requirements for light vehicles in order to reduce air pollution.
Administered by: Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
General Comments: This standard was originally made under section 7 of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and from 1 July 2021 continues in force as if it were a national road vehicle standard determined under section 12 of the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (see Schedule 3, Part 2, item 2 of the Road Vehicle Standards (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2018).
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 s12 item 56C
Registered 05 Oct 2011
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR11-Oct-2011
Tabled Senate11-Oct-2011
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Vehicle Standard (Australian Design Rule 79/04 — Emission Control for Light Vehicles) 2011


I, ANTHONY NORMAN ALBANESE, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, determine this vehicle standard under subsection 7 of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989.


Dated         14 September 2011





Minister for Infrastructure and Transport





0.1    NAME OF STANDARD ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2

0.2    COMMENCEMENT ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2

1      SCOPE----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2

2      APPLICABILITY AND IMPLEMENTATION-------------------------------------------------------------------- 2

3      DEFINITIONS-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2

4      REQUIREMENTS--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2

5      EXEMPTIONS AND ALTERNATIVE PROCEDURES------------------------------------------------------ 3

6      ALTERNATIVE STANDARDS--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3



0.1.1    This Standard is the Vehicle Standard (Australian Design Rule 79/04 — Emission Control for Light Vehicles) 2011.

0.1.2    This Standard may also be cited as ADR 79/04.


0.2.1    This Standard commences on the day after it is registered.

1          SCOPE

1.1       This vehicle standard prescribes the exhaust and evaporative emissions requirements for light vehicles in order to reduce air pollution.


2.1       This vehicle standard is applicable to all M and N category vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass less than or equal to 3.5 tonnes, notwithstanding the reference mass provisions of paragraph 1.1 of Appendix A.

2.2       This vehicle standard applies from 1 November 2016 in relation to vehicles produced with a ‘Date of Manufacture’ on or after 1 November 2016.

2.3       To the extent of any inconsistency, the applicability date specified in clause 2.2 applies in lieu of any dates specified in Appendix A.

3          DEFINITIONS

3.1       For the purposes of clause 2.2, “date of manufacture” means the date the vehicle is available in Australia in a condition which will enable an identification plate to be lawfully affixed to the vehicle.


4.1       Vehicles which comply with the emissions limits and technical requirements of Appendix A, including all the applicable tests specified in paragraph 5.2 of Appendix A, and as varied by Part 5 of this vehicle standard, will be accepted as complying with this vehicle standard.


5.1       The following provisions of Appendix A do not apply to this vehicle standard:

Section 3         Application for Approval

Section 4         Approval

Section 6         Modifications of the vehicle type

Section 8         Conformity of production

Section 9         In-service conformity

Section 10       Penalties for non-conformity of production

Section 11       Production definitely discontinued

Section 12       Transitional provisions

Section 13       Names and addresses of technical services responsible for conducting approval tests, and of administrative departments

Appendix 1     Procedure for verifying the conformity of production requirements if the production standard deviation given by the manufacturer is satisfactory

Appendix 2     Procedure for verifying the conformity of production requirements if the production standard deviation given by the manufacturer is either not satisfactory or not available

Appendix 3     In-service conformity check

Appendix 4     Statistical procedure for in-service conformity check

Appendix 5     Responsibilities for in service conformity

Annex 1          Engine and vehicle characteristics and information concerning the conduct of tests

Annex 2          Communication

Annex 3          Arrangements of the Approval Mark

5.2       In section 5 of Appendix A, the entire text regarding small volume manufacturers immediately following the heading “5.  Specifications and tests” is deleted.

5.3       Notwithstanding that Section 8 and 9 and Appendices 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Appendix A have been declared not applicable in clause 5.1 of this vehicle standard, the requirements and procedures set out in these appendices are deemed acceptable for the purposes of demonstrating compliance with the conformity requirements of this vehicle standard.


6.1       The technical requirements of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regulation No. 83 Uniform provisions concerning the approval of vehicles with regard to the emissions of pollutants according to engine fuel requirements, Revision 4, incorporating the 06 series of Amendments, are deemed to be equivalent to the technical requirements of this vehicle standard.