Car Stamp Duty By State

Find out exactly how much stamp duty you will need to pay in your state.
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Last updated on May 4th, 2022 at 04:21 pm by Bill Tsouvalas

Car Stamp Duty By State

If you are buying a new car its important to understand how much stamp duty you will need to pay, this plus other fee’s, charges, dealers costs and the like all add up so its important to look at total costs.

If you are utilising a car loan to fund your new purchase, your stamp duty will be capitalised and included in your car loan. In our guide below you will find the costs of car loan stamp duties state by state.

What is vehicle stamp duty?

Vehicle stamp duty is a kind of tax you have to pay to the government when you buy a car, transfer a car registration into your name or first register a second-hand vehicle. It is a one-off tax paid and applies to both used and new cars from a dealer or privately. Rates of stamp duty vary from state and state.

How much is vehicle stamp duty in each state?

In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), all vehicles are divided by four groups based on their environmental performance and the stamp duty amounts payable are calculated accordingly.

Performance Rating Description CO2 emissions per km
A
Environmental leading-edge models
0-130
B
Models with environmental performance that is significantly above average
131-175
C
Models with average environmental performance
176-220
D
Models with below average environmental performance
Over 220
Performance Rating Vehicles Valued below $45,000 Vehicles Valued at $45,000 or more
A
$0
$0
B
$1 for every $100, or part of $100, of the dutiable value.
$450, plus $2 for every $100, or part of $100, of the dutiable value.
C
$3 for each $100, or part of $100, of the dutiable value.
$1,350, plus $5 for every $100, or part of $100, of the dutiable value.
D
$4 for each $100, or part of $100, of the dutiable value.
$1,800, plus $6 for every $100, or part of $100, of the dutiable value.

In New South Wales, the vehicle stamp duty is calculated based on the value of the vehicles.

For new vehicle, it is based on the cost of the vehicle (including GST). For a used vehicle, it is based on the sale price and market value whichever is higher.

Motor Vehicle Value Duty Payable
Up to $44,999
$3 for every $100
$45,000 or more*
$1,350, plus $5 for every $100

In Victoria, the vehicle stamp duty is calculated based on the date you apply, the type of motor vehicle and its purchase price (including GST).

Type of Vehicle/Value Duty Rate
Green passenger car
$8.40 per $200 or part thereof
Primary producer passenger car
$8.40 per $200 or part thereof
New non-passenger motor vehicles
$5.40 per $200 or part thereof
Non-passenger motor vehicles previously registered in Victoria or elsewhere
$8.40 per $200 or part thereof
Used non-passenger motor vehicle
$8.40 per $200 or part thereof
Other passenger car ($67,526 - $100,000)
$10.40 per $200 or part thereof
Other passenger car ($100,001 - $150,000)
$14.00 per $200 or part thereof
Other passenger car (More than $150,000)
$18.00 per $200 or part thereof

In South Australia, the vehicle stamp duty is calculated based on the value of the vehicle and whether it is classified as being a commercial or non-commercial vehicle.

Value Non-commercial Vehicle
Does not exceed $1000
$1 for every $100 or part of $100 with a minimum of $5 payable in all cases
Exceeds $1000 but not $2000
$10 plus $2 for every $100 or part of $100 over $1000
Exceeds $2000 but not $3000
$30 plus $3 for every $100 or part of $100 over $2000
Exceeds $3000
$60 plus $4 for every $100 or part of $100 over $3000
Value Commecial Vehicle
Does not exceed $1000
$1 for every $100 or part of $100 with a minimum of $5 payable in all cases
Exceeds $1000 but not $2000
$10 plus $2 for every $100 or part of $100 over $1000
Exceeds $2000
$30 plus $3 for every $100 or part of $100 over $2000

In Western Australia, the vehicle stamp duty is calculated based on the vehicle value and the size of the vehicle.

Non-heavy vehicle (gross mass of 4.5 tonnes or less)

Dutiable Value Value Rate
Up to $25,000
2.75% of dutiable value
$25,000-$50,000
R% of the dutiable value, where R = [2.75 + ((dutiable value - 25,000)/ 6,666.66)] rounded to 2 decimal places
Over $50,000
6.5% of dutiable value

Heavy vehicle (over 4.5 tonnes): 3% of Dutiable Value (capped to a maximum of $12,000)

In Queensland, the vehicle stamp duty is calculated based on the type of vehicle and the vehicle price.

Light vehicles (no more than 4.5 tonnes)

Type of Vehicle Rate
  • hybrid—any number of cylinders
  • electric
  • Up to $100,000: $2 for each $100, or part of $100
  • More than $100,000: $4 for each $100, or part of $100
  • 1 to 4 cylinders
  • 2 rotors
  • steam powered
  • Up to $100,000: $3 for each $100, or part of $100
  • More than $100,000: $5 for each $100, or part of $100
  • 5 or 6 cylinders
  • 3 rotors
  • 5 or 6 cylinders
  • 3 rotors
7 or more cylinders
  • Up to $100,000: $4 for each $100, or part of $100
  • More than $100,000: $6 for each $100, or part of $100

In Tasmania, the vehicle stamp duty is calculated based on the vehicle’s market value.

Dutiable Value Duty Payable
$0 - $600
$20
$600 - $35,000
$3 per $100, or part thereof, of dutiable value
$35,000 - $40,000
$1,050 plus $11 per $100, or part thereof, that the dutiable value exceeds $35,000
Over $40,000
$4 per $100, or part thereof, of dutiable value

In Northern Territory, the vehicle stamp duty is calculated based on the vehicle’s market value.

It is simply $3.00 per $100 or part thereof on the dutiable value of the vehicle. However, the dutiable value can be either sale price or market price depending on the circumstances.

  • If it is an arm’s length transaction, the dutiable value if the sale price.
  • In any other case, the dutiable value is whether the market value at the date of the transaction or the date of transfer, whichever is higher.

How do you pay?

The vehicle stamp duty is payable at the time of registration or transfer of registration at the Customer Service centres or Motor Vehicle Registry. Under the Motor Vehicle Act, you must register or transfer the registration within 14 days of becoming the owner of the vehicle.

What are the exemptions from stamp duty?

The exemptions from stamp duty also vary from state to state. General speaking, you will not require to pay for the vehicle stamp duty if:

  • You receive the vehicle from deceased estate.
  • The vehicle has been registered in your name in another state where you have already paid the stamp duty.
  • The vehicle is as part of a divorce settlement, or on the break-up of a de facto and domestic relationship
  • You use the vehicle for primary production or charities.
  • You are a vehicle dealer.

 

For more details of the specific exemptions and what documentation required to apply for the exemptions, you can contact the revenue office in your state or territory.