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Below are the State and Territory auto film regulations. Click for the file relevant to you, or contact your state transit authority for more information.

QLD DTMR, Minor Modifications Instruction G19.7, September 2017

QLD guidelines for hearses, ambulances and heavy omnibus', Version 2, December 2012

WA Vehicle Safety Branch Information Bulletin, 13 April 2013

SA Regulations, 010110

NSW Regulations

VIC Regulations

TAS Regulations

NT Regulations, Motor Vehicle Registry Information Bulletin, December 2015

Vehicle Standards Bulletin 14, version 2.0 January 2011

Australian Auto Tinting Laws 

Most Australian States and Territories stipulate a maximum darkness, known as the visible light transmission level or VLT, of 35% on a light vehicle's side windows. QLD, NT and WA are the only exceptions. In NT a VLT of 16% for windows behind the driver is allowed. In WA, 20% VLT on windows behind the driver are accepted. In September 2017 the QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads revised the regulation to allow 20% VLT on windows rear of the driver, as long as the vehicle is fitted with rear vision mirrors on each side. Click here for a technical bulletin regarding the new QLD VLT regulation.

No after-market window film can be applied to the windscreen, even if the film is optically clear, except for a visor strip across the top of the screen (which is outside the driver's primary vision area).

Automotive films supplied by WFAANZ member manufacturers are low reflectivity, as the law states window film on vehicles must not be reflective. Reflective films are even more dangerous than illegally dark windows. All Police Forces and Transport Departments are very vigilant on defecting vehicles with reflective films. Reflective films are the shiny silver and bronze films, which can be 'fader' films changing from dark to reflective, solid reflective films or sometimes shapes such as flames or similar.

Commercial vehicle tinting laws differ in most States and Territories - so ensure you know the rules before you tint a commercial vehicle. Typically, any darkness film is allowed behind the driver in commercial vehicles. ‘Commercial vehicles’ do not mean 4WDs, but rather vehicles registered as a commercial type.

WFAANZ is dedicated to ensuring compliance of our members with government regulations. Vehicle owners failing to comply with tint laws are subject to fines, insurance cancellation and even criminal charges if the vehicle is involved in an accident where its dark windows are considered a contributing factor - so you're doing your client a disservice if you fit their car with illegal film.

Remember, modifying a vehicle with illegally dark windows renders that vehicle unroadworthy.        


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