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ACT Regulations, December 2017

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 vehicle standards fact sheet, MR430, February 2018

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 

All Australian States and Territories stipulate a maximum darkness, known as the visible light transmission level or VLT, for the after market application of window film on a passenger vehicle's side and rear windows. These laws regulate how dark a tinter can legally tint your car windows - which is why the phrase "darkest legal" is used so often.

As of March 15, 2018, NSW, TAS and VIC maintain a 35% VLT regulation on all side and rear windows.

QLD, SA, ACT, NT and WA have introduced different requirements for window behind the driver (windows behind the B pillar). In NT a VLT of 15% for windows behind the driver is allowed. SA, WA, QLD and the ACT accept a 20% VLT on windows behind the driver. Click here for a technical bulletin regarding the new QLD VLT regulation, here for the ACT and here for SA. WFAANZ encourages you to upload the relevant fact sheet (listed at the top of this page) from your State or Territory government so you're familiar with the laws before you speak to a tinter.

After-market window film cannot 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).

When it comes to film on privacy glass, the same VLT rules apply, i.e. the combination of glass + film cannot exceed the VLT limit. So you can't legally have window film, even clear window film, on privacy glass that's already 35%, 20% or 15% (depending on the glass location and the State/Territory).

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 our member's compliance 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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