Queensland Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Scheme
The Queensland Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Scheme will provide a rebate of $3,000 for eligible new Zero Emission Vehicles purchased from 16 March 2022.
Program update - Enhanced Rebate Scheme (effective July 2023)
- Recently, the Queensland Government announced additional financial assistance for eligible applicants (households who earn less than or equal to $180,000 per annum) will be made available as part of the Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Scheme, which makes electric vehicles (EVs) more affordable for Queenslanders.
- Under the new measures eligible applicants who purchase a new EV from 21 April 2023 at a cost of $68,000 (including GST) or less, will be able to apply for a rebate of up to $6,000 from mid-July.
- Additional information on the updated eligibility requirements will be made available prior to commencement, on this webpage. Please refer to the FAQs below for information on the new scheme measures.
- Queenslanders who exceed the income threshold eligibility for additional financial are still able to apply for a $3,000 rebate.
- See Queensland new Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy for more information
Currently, $3,000 rebates are available to eligible Queensland individuals and businesses who have purchased a new Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) with a dutiable value of up to $58,000 (including GST) on or after 16 March 2022. As at the introduction of this Scheme, a ZEV refers to a full battery electric vehicle (BEV) only.
Under Queensland's Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy 2022-2032, the Queensland Government has committed $45 million to the rebate scheme which will be offered until funding is exhausted. This rebate is intended to make purchasing entry level ZEV’s more affordable.
The ZEV Rebate Scheme is limited to:
- one rebate per individual
- up to five rebates per Queensland Business per financial year.
The ZEV Rebate Scheme aims to encourage individual and businesses across Queensland to purchase ZEVs instead of an internal combustion engine vehicle.
QRIDA is administering the Queensland Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Scheme on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Am I eligible?
The ZEV Rebate Scheme is open to and must apply to the following eligibility.
- All Queensland residents with a current and valid Queensland driver license (international and interstate driver licences will not be accepted) or another form of evidence to prove residency
- be a Queensland registered business
- must be the purchase of light passenger and light commercial ZEV models only
- ZEVs must have a purchase price (dutiable value) up to $58,000 (including GST)
- statutory registration fees and vehicle registration duty are not included as part of the purchase price considerations
- brand new ZEVs purchased in Queensland from a relevant licensed motor vehicle dealer, and registered with the Department of Transport of Main Roads on or after 16 March 2022.
What is considered ineligible?
Internal combustion engine (ICE) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are ineligible as they are not ZEVs.
The following vehicles are not eligible for the ZEV Rebate Scheme:
- Second-hand vehicles
- Dealer / demonstrator models
- A retro-fitted ZEV and other vehicle conversion kits (including any other alternative fuel source)
- Hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
- Heavy vehicles over 4.5t (including, but not limited to trucks and buses)
- E-mobility devices (including, but not limited to electric/motorised wheelchairs, electric scooters, mobility scooters and electric bikes)
- Electric motorbikes, trikes and mopeds
- Electric boats or marine vessels
- ZEVs registered/purchased before 16 March 2022
- ZEVs that are managed or leased through a Lease or a Fleet Management Organisation
- ZEVs that have previously received a rebate, grant or subsidy in other Australian state or territories.
The following entities are not eligible to receive a ZEV Rebate:
- Licenced Motor Vehicle Dealers
- Government entities (including but not limited to local councils)
- Fleet management organisations.
How to apply
You will require the following documents to submit your application online.
Applications for both individual and business applicants:
- Valid and current Queensland Driver Licence (for businesses, please provide business contact's driver licence)
- Evidence of residential address (e.g. copy of utility or electricity bill)
- Copy of Medicare card or Passport
- Vehicle registration certificate
- Proof of purchase (contract of sale and dealer tax invoice displaying final payment and date the vehicle was purchased)
- Copy of applicant's bank statement showing name, BSB and account number for transfer of the rebate.
Business applicants will also be required to provide:
- Australian Business Number (ABN), Australian Company Number (ACN)
- Company name, address and contact details (aligned to registration information)
- Evidence of business address (e.g. copy of utility or electricity bill)
- Director contact name and date of birth
- Business contact person name, mailing address and contact details.
Vehicle details required to complete the application include:
- Date of first registration
- Declaration that the vehicle is not managed or leased through a Fleet Management Organisation
- Declaration that no other rebates in other Australian states and territories have been claimed on the vehicle
- Sale price
- Duty amount paid
- Registration number plate of vehicle
- Vehicle make and model
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
Related informationQueensland's new Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy
Frequently asked questions
Any individual or household with a total taxable income equal to or less than $180,000 per year may be eligible to receive a total rebate amount - including any previously awarded rebates under the scheme - of up to $6,000.
Any individual or households with a total taxable income over $180,000 can still apply for a $3,000 rebate, subject to meeting all other scheme eligibility criteria.
A household under the scheme is defined through a spousal arrangement. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) outlines your spouse is another person (of any sex) who:
- You were in a relationship with that was registered under a prescribed state or territory law
- Although not legally married to you, lived with you on a genuine domestic basis in a relationship as a couple.
Even if you keep your tax affairs separate from your spouse you are still required to provide relevant information about your partner. The information you provide for tax purposes will be used to assess your application to the scheme.
Queenslanders in other any other arrangement (i.e., multiple adults in share-house accommodation or independents living in the family-home (incl. retired family members)) are not considered a household under the scheme and will be assessed on an individual basis.
Households and individual Queenslanders who earn over $180,000 per year will still be eligible to claim a $3,000 rebate if all other eligibility requirements are met.
Yes, you would be eligible to receive a rebate on this basis provided you meet all other scheme eligibility criteria.
The new eligibility requirements are applicable from 21 April 2023. Applicants will be eligible to receive a rebate of $6,000 provided all other scheme eligibility criteria are met and the vehicle purchased is equal to or less than $68,000 (including GST).
Eligible applicants who have purchased an EV on or after 21 April 2023 will be able to lodge their application for a rebate from July 2023.
If applicants purchased a vehicle on/after 21 April 2023 and would like to be assessed based on the increased dutiable value and for the increased rebate amount of up to $6,000, QRIDA recommends applicants withdraw their application to the scheme and re-apply when the scheme opens with the revised measures in effect in July.
Applicants who purchased a vehicle up to the dutiable value of $58,000 prior to 21 April 2023 and who have already received a $3,000 rebate may be eligible for reassessment for an additional payment of $3,000 (totalling $6,000 per eligible application) if they do not exceed the individual or household income threshold of $180,000 per year. These vehicles will be assessed based on the original dutiable value of $58,000 and will be ineligible for re-assessment under the $68,000 threshold.
Individuals or households who have a total household or individual taxable income of equal to or less than $180,000 per year can apply for the additional $3,000 from mid-July 2023 if all other scheme eligibility criteria are met.
This includes those who received a $3,000 rebate under the initial Scheme between 16 March 2022 and 21 April 2023.
Taxable income is assessed through a Notice of Assessment (NOA) from the Australian Taxation Office, which will show your taxable income, credit you have for tax already paid, tax you need to pay or refund, and any excess private health reductions or refunds (if applicable).
You can obtain an NOA through your myGov account. Your notice of assessment is sent to your myGov Inbox.
If you require a copy of a current or previous year's notice of assessment and you can not locate it in your myGov Inbox:
- sign in to myGovExternal Link
- select ATO from your linked services
- select My profile from the menu
- select Communication then History from the drop-down menu.
NOAs can be generated for those who do not generate income through employment (i.e., retired individuals).
Queensland business are not eligible to receive:
- an additional $3,000, if the cost of the EV purchased is greater than $58,000 but does not exceed the new $68,000 threshold
- the enhanced $6,000 rebate, regardless of purchase price, for any vehicle purchased on or after 21 April 2023.
From 2023, Queensland businesses can apply for up to five $3,000 rebates per financial year for eligible vehicles up to $68,000.
Dutiable value is the total amount paid (including GST) for the vehicle, which includes delivery costs, accessories and options added to the vehicle and any other charges or fees levied by the dealer on the purchaser.
No, the ZEV Rebate Scheme is limited to one rebate per individual.
Members of your household may still be eligible for a rebate.
Yes, you would be eligible to receive a rebate on this basis provided you meet all other Scheme eligibility criteria.
No, the increased threshold of $68,000 (including GST) for ZEV Rebate Scheme is only applicable for vehicles purchased on or after 21 April 2023.
No. The ZEV rebate scheme commenced on 1 July 2022, and clear program guidelines outlining eligibility requirements were published when the scheme was launched and can be read here.
The guideline outlines that ZEVs purchased under a lease arrangement are not eligible for the ZEV Rebate Scheme. 'Lease arrangements' include all arrangements related to leased vehicles, including those accessed under a ‘novated lease’.
The guidelines establish the eligibility criteria, specifically section 4.2(k) states that ZEV rebates are ineligible for vehicles managed or leased through a Lease or Fleet Management Organisation.
Outright capital costs to the customer purchasing a ZEV are typically avoided under lease or fleet organisation arrangement.
Lease arrangements may also include the coverage of costs related to operational elements, such as registration, servicing, and fuel, which is a further reason why they are also ineligible.
From 1 July 2022, once you have received notification your application has been successful, payment of the rebate to your nominated bank account will normally occur within 10 business days.
Grant funding is not guaranteed at any stage of the application process and applications will be assessed on a competitive basis.
Your application must provide at least one of the following documents:
- recent bank statement showing name and address
- rental agreement
- local government rates notice.
QRIDA will contact you via telephone, email, SMS or post. Should you be concerned about whether contact you have received is genuine, please contact QRIDA on Freecall 1800 623 946 and ask to speak with your Portfolio Manager.
Questions concerning your personal taxation circumstances should be directed to your taxation advisor or the Australian Taxation Office on 13 72 86.
A zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) produces no exhaust fumes or emissions from its motor. A battery electric vehicle (BEV) is one type of ZEV.
A new vehicle is defined as a vehicle being registered for the first time. Refer to the definitions in the guidelines.
Under the ZEV Rebate Scheme, a Queensland Business is defined as a business (sole-trader, partnership, private company or public company, trust or incorporated not for profit organisation or company) operating in Queensland under an active Australian Business Number (ABN).