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Electric Vehicles in Australia: What approach is your state taking?

With several state governments announcing electric vehicle programs as part of their 2021-22 Budget we take a look at what each of these state programs will mean for Electric Vehicles in Australia.


  • Stamp Duty – $0 stamp duty charged on new electric vehicles purchases.
  • Registration – New or used electric vehicles will receive two years of free registration.
  • Loans – ACT government offers interest-free loans of up to $15,000 to help cover the upfront costs of buying an electric vehicle.

Read the ACT Government Free Registration Announcement here
Read The ACT’s Transition to Zero Emission Vehicles Action Plan 2018-2019 here


  • Stamp Duty –  $0 stamp duty charged on new and used EV and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles purchased for less than $78,000 including GST.
  • Rebate- Starting September 1, 2021, NSW will offer a $3,000 rebate for battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cell cars purchased if the vehicle is priced below $68,750 including GST. This offer is available for the first 25,000 new vehicles purchased.
  • Tax – NSW government plans on introducing a new EV tax that will see drivers pay 2.5c per kilometre (EVs) and 2c per kilometre (hybrids). The tax has been deferred until 2027.

Read the NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy – June 2021 here
Read ACRS NSW Chapter Support here


  • Development of Strategy – The Northern Territory currently offers no electric vehicle incentives. An EV discussion paper was published in 2019. Consultation on the discussion paper closed in November 2019. Contributions collected during this consultation are to be used to inform the development of the EV Strategy and Implementation Plan, which is yet to be released.

Read the EV discussion paper here


  • Stamp Duty – Reduced stamp duty charged on electric and hybrid vehicles: $2 per $100 up to $100,000, and $4 per $100 value thereafter. This is compared to up to $6 per $100 for other vehicles.
  • Development of New Strategy -The Queensland Government is currently developing a new Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Strategy. Submissions are open until 11 pm, 9 July 2021.

Find out how to make a submission here


  • Tax – South Australia plans on introducing a tax that will see EV drivers pay 2.5 cents per kilometre and 2 cents per kilometre for hybrid drivers. The introduction of the tax has been deferred until July 2022.
  • Charging – In December 2020 the South Australian Government announced the investment of $18.3 million to deliver an Electric Vehicle Action Plan with the majority of this funding to be used to secure private investment in South Australia’s Electric Vehicle Charging Network.

Read the Electric Vehicle Action Plan here


  • Stamp Duty – Two-year stamp duty waiver on both new and second-hand electric vehicles. This is estimated to offset the cost of purchasing mid-range EVs by as much as $2,000.
  • Charging – $600,000 in grants to help develop more charging points across the region, particularly in popular tourism hotspots.

Read the Tasmania Government’s commitment to support the uptake of electric vehicles here.


  • Stamp Duty – Electric vehicles are exempt from the “luxury vehicle” rate of stamp duty, paying a flat rate of $8.40 per $200 of market value. This is compared to up to $18 for polluting vehicles. This is only applicable if the vehicle is worth more than the $68,740 threshold.
  • Registration – All electric vehicles also receive a $100 annual discount on vehicle registration.
  • Subsidy – Subsidy which can lower the cost of a new EV under $68,740 by $3,000. This offer has been limited to 4,000 registrations currently, with an additional 16,000 spots to be made available at a yet-to-be-determined time.
  • Tax – July 1, 2021 Victorian EV drivers will also be charged a 2.5 cent per kilometre tax.

Read Victoria’s Zero Emissions Vehicle Roadmap here


  • Professional Drivers – Uber, taxi or charter electric vehicle drivers will be exempt from the 10 per cent on-demand transport levy in Western Australia.
  • Charging – EV Home Plan Incentive, which offers $200 incentive for the first year, and 60km free per year for home charging during off-peak periods.Read the State Electric Vehicle Strategy for Western Australia here

Read the State Electric Vehicle Strategy for Western Australia here

First published in the ACRS Weekly Alert – 8 July 2021