Tinting Laws

Transport Operations (Road Use Management –
Vehicle Standards and Safety) Regulation 2010
(Reprint current from 1 July 2018)

The following extract from the above document relates to window tinting regulations and is current as at the date of this page’s publication. We have provided a PDF copy of the legislation also that can be downloaded here.

Section 33: Window tinting

(1)  Glazing used in a windscreen of a motor vehicle must have a luminous transmittance of at least 70%.

(2)  Glazing used in a windscreen of a motor vehicle must not be coated in a way that reduces its luminous transmittance.

(3)  However, subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to the greater of the following areas of a windscreen—
(a)  the area above the highest point of the windscreen that is swept by a windscreen wiper;
(b)  the upper 10% of the windscreen.

(4)  Glazing used in a window or interior partition of a motor vehicle must have a luminous transmittance of at least 70%.

(5)  Glazing used in a window or interior partition of a motor vehicle may be coated to achieve a luminous transmittance of at least—
(a)  for rear glazing used in a motor vehicle that is fitted with at least 1 rear vision mirror to each side of the vehicle—20%; or
(b)  otherwise—35%.

(6)  However, rear glazing used in a motor vehicle may be coated to achieve a luminous transmittance of 0% or more if—
(a)  the vehicle is fitted with at least 1 rear vision mirror to each side of the vehicle; and
(b)  the vehicle is primarily designed for the carriage of goods; and
(c)  the vehicle has—
(i)  at least 4 wheels; or
(ii)  at least 3 wheels and a GVM of more than 1t.

(7)  Glazing that has been coated to reduce its luminous transmittance must not have a reflectance of over 10%.

(8)  The luminous transmittance requirement in subsection (5) or (6) applies to a vehicle instead of the corresponding requirements in the relevant Australian Design Rules.

(9)  In this section—
GLAZING means material fitted to the front, sides, rear or interior of a motor vehicle, through which the driver can see the road, but does not include a coating added after manufacture of the material.
Luminous Transmittance, for glazing or a coating on glazing, means the amount of light that can pass through the glazing as a percentage of the amount of light that would be transmitted if the glazing or coating were absent.
Rear Glazing, for a motor vehicle, means glazing used in a window or interior partition of the vehicle located behind the driver in the normal driving position.

Note that the Australian Vehicle Safety Regulations allow states and territories to set alternative limits for window tinting. It is therefore important that the specific requirements of the jurisdiction in which the vehicle is to be either registered or used be confirmed and complied with.

For more details on window tinting laws contact Dept. Transport and Main Roads (DTMR)

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