If rising fuel prices have got you thinking your next car purchase might be an electric vehicle – this one’s for you.
Find out what incentives are on offer in your part of the country, what the infrastructure is like (or will be in the years to come) and if that state or territory government has plans to bring in a road-user charge for EVs.
- There are no direct Federal incentives to purchase an electric vehicle.
- The Luxury Car Tax threshold for low emission vehicles has been raised to $79,659, from the standard vehicle starting rate of $69,152. Unfortunately, this has no impact on the cost of popular models priced below $69,000.
- Federal EV infrastructure funding is through the Future Fuels Fund, run by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). It included a first-round investment of $24.5 million to co-fund the rollout of 400 public fast-charging stations with the private sector.
The May 2022 Federal Election could result in significant changes to Federal EV incentives and infrastructure spending. Click here to see what each party has pledged to increase EV takeup.
- $3000 rebate for the first 25,000 EVs or FCEVs sold which are priced under $68,750
- Stamp duty waived on both types of vehicle under $78,000 – all from September 1, 2021
- EV drivers can also use T2 and T3 transit lanes across NSW.
- Registration fee discounts.
- 2.5c/km BEV, 2c/km PHEV – but only as of July 1, 2027
- $171 million investment in infrastructure, including; $131m on ultra-fast chargers
- $20m in grants for destination points and $20m for topping up at public transport hubs
- Working to deliver 20 fast chargers along the state’s major highways in partnership with NRMA.
- 50 percent of all new cars sold to be EVs by 2030
- Net zero by 2050.
Click here for more on NSW’s plans.
- $3000 subsidy given for the first 20,000 EVs or FCEVs sold which are priced under $68,740
- Reduced stamp duty rates
- $100 discount on registration annually.
- 2.5c/km BEV, 2c/km PHEV from July 1, 2021
- $19 million will fund plans to quadruple the number of new charging stations state-wide – focusing on regional Victoria and popular tourist sites.
- $5 million Destination Charging Across Victoria Program will lead to the installation of an additional 141 fast-charging stations in homes.
- 50 percent of all new cars sold to be EVs by 2030 and 100 percent by 2040
- Net zero by 2050
- $10 million to add 400 EVs to the Government’s fleet in the next two years.
Click here for more on Victoria’s plans.
- $3,000 rebate for new BEVs up to $58,000 on 15,000 cars as of July 1, 2022
- Lowest car registration for BEVs – $263 a year
- Lower stamp duty rates than ICE cars.
- Queensland has invested in an ‘Electric Super Highway’, currently the longest electric fast charging highway in the world (in a single state) with 31 EV plug-in sites running from the Gold Coast to Cairns and west from Brisbane to Toowoomba
- Eighteen new charging sites will be added to the Super Highway in phase 3 of the Government’s strategy, spreading into regional Queensland
- $10 million to build more charging stations (corr. as of March 2022).
- As of June 1, 2021, there were 4743 BEVs registered in Queensland, 76 percent up on the year before
- 288 EVs in Government’s fleet by end of 2022.
Click here for more on QLD’s plans.
Australian Capital Territory
- Two years’ free registration for BEVs and FCEVs as of May 24, 2021
- Older EVs eligible for 20 per cent off rego fees
- Stamp duty may also be waived on vehicles purchased for the first time
- ACT drivers are also able to access up to $15,000 in interest-free loans to help cover the upfront purchase cost of an electric vehicle up to a cap of $77,565.
- None yet – Distance and/or congestion based charging for all vehicle types “May be considered in the medium term”.
- Currently, there are 42 public charging locations in the ACT – with 50 more coming next year.
- As of May 2021 ACT “almost approaching 1,000 registered electric vehicles
- Net-zero emissions (not just from cars) by 2050.
Click here for more on the ACT’s plans.
- BEVs and PHEVs to get cheaper rego and stamp duty from July 2022, the latter slashed by $1500
- Discounts to last five years
- Grants for home, workplace and public EV chargers, and opportunities offered to develop local skills to service technology and install infrastructure.
- None – No current proposal, could possibly be in the long term.
- Currently has 32 charging stations – 30 public and two high-powered. The Territory Government plans to install a minimum of 400 charging points at its buildings.
- In February 2019 (the latest data the NT Government could provide) there were 35 EVs registered in the Northern Territory, including 33 light and two heavy vehicles, representing 0.02 per cent of the total Northern Territory vehicle fleet
- No date yet set for what percentage of vehicle should be EVs
- Government fleet to increase to 200 vehicles by 2030.
Click here for more on the NT’s plans.
- Two years’ free stamp duty for new and second-hand EVs as of July 1, 2021
- Two years’ free rego on EVs purchased by car rental companies and coach operators.
- Not plans at this time but will monitor based on what’s happening in other states.
- 12 fast chargers plus $600,000 in grants committed to growing the network in regional areas and tourist hotspots.
- 100 percent of Government’s fleet to be electric by 2030.
Click here for more on Tasmania’s plans.
- 7000 subsidies worth $3000 taken off purchase price at point of sale, for a limited (unspecified) time only up to value of $68,750
- Three years free registration
- Up to $2000 to install EV smart chargers at home, but limited to 7500 households.
- EV tax pushed back from July 1, 2022 to July 1, 2027 or 30 per cent uptake (whichever comes first) – same as NSW
- 2c/km km for plug-in hybrid vehicles, and 2.5c/km for any other electric vehicles
- Calculated and billed in arrears as part of the vehicle registration process and based on the distance traveled since the last renewal.
- Investing $13.4million in its charging network – increasing points to 530 state-wide, most of which will have a 7kW capacity.
- SA Government aims for EVs to be “common choice” by 2030 and the “default” by 2035
- Incorporating PHEVs into its own fleet as costs become more competitive, with a goal of its vehicles being fully electric by 2030.
Click here for more on SA’s plans.
- EVs exempt from 10 per cent on-demand transport levy
- Largest incentive offer in Australia – $3500 rebate for the first 10,000 Western Australians to buy an EV or FCEV from May 10, applying to vehicles under $70,000 before on-road costs.
- EV tax to start from July 1, 2027
- 2c/km km for plug-in hybrid vehicles, and 2.5c/km for any other electric vehicles.
- 235 charging stations of varying capacity ranging from <22kW to 350kW
- Plan to create Australia’s longest EV fast charging network adding 45 new points, expected to be up and running by 2024
- $22.6 million will be put towards upgrading, expanding and improving WA’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure
- This includes: $10m allocated towards supporting not-for-profit and small to medium-sized businesses with grants of up to half of the cost of installing charging infrastructure, $5m in grants for local government chargers; $4m for the Public Transport Authority to trial the installation of up to 20 charging bays at four train stations; and more than $2.9m for eight new points across four locations on a section of National Highway 1 between Norseman and Eucla.
- Twenty-five per cent of Government’s fleet electric by 2025/26
- Net zero by 2050.