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Queensland Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Scheme

The Queensland Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Scheme provides eligible Queenslanders rebates of up to $6,000 for eligible new Zero Emission Vehicles purchased from 21 April 2023.

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Remaining scheme funding (as at 30 May 2024): $9,036,000

Program update - Enhanced Rebate Scheme (effective 1 July 2023)

Applicants wanting to apply for the adjusted rebate will need to submit a new application form through the application portal below.

Rebates are now available to eligible Queensland individuals and businesses who have purchased a new Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV). 

To be eligible for a $3,000 rebate you must: 

  • have purchased a new eligible ZEV up to a dutiable value of $68,000 (including GST) on or after 21 April 2023; or 

  • have purchased a new eligible ZEV up to the original dutiable value of $58,000 (including GST) between 16 March 2022 and 20 April 2023

To be eligible for a $6,000 rebate you must: 

  • have purchased a new eligible ZEV up to the dutiable value of $68,000 (including GST) on or after 21 April 2023 and have a total household taxable income equal to or less than $180,000 per annum; or

  • have purchased a new eligible ZEV up to the dutiable value of $58,000 (including GST) between 16 March 2022 and 20 April 2023 and have a total household taxable income equal to or less than $180,000 per annum. 

Queensland businesses are ineligible to receive the $6,000 rebate but may still be eligible for the $3,000 rebate. Please ensure you have read and understood the program guidelines.

To be eligible for a $3,000 adjustment rebate payment you must: 

  • have purchased a new eligible ZEV up to the original dutiable value of $58,000 (including GST) on or after 16 March 2022, already received an initial ZEV rebate of $3,000 under this Scheme and have a total household taxable income equal to or less than $180,000 per annum.

Program information

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 for more households and businesses.

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 individuals and businesses across Queensland to purchase a new ZEV 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:

  • 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

  • Queensland registered businesses

For a ZEV to be considered eligible for a rebate, the ZEV must be:

  • a light passenger or light commercial ZEV model only

  • a new ZEV, which is being registered for the first time and:

    • have a dutiable value up to $58,000 (including GST) and be purchased in Queensland, from a relevant licensed motor vehicle dealer between 16 March 2022 and 20 April 2023, and registered with the Department of Transport and Main Roads; or

    • have a dutiable value up to $68,000 (including GST) and be purchased in Queensland, from a relevant licensed motor vehicle dealer on or after 21 April 2023, and registered with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Dealer delivery charges, registration fees and vehicle registration duty are not included as part of the dutiable value considerations.

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:

  • ZEVs purchased prior to 16 March 2022

  • ZEVs purchased at a cost greater than the original dutiable value ($58,000 including GST) but less than the revised dutiable value ($68,000 including GST) between 16 March 2022 and 20 April 2023

  • ZEVs purchased at a cost of more than the dutiable value ($68,000 including GST) on or after 21 April 2023 

  • 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 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

To apply for a rebate under this scheme, complete and submit your application and supporting information via the QRIDA online portal.   

Applications must be submitted to QRIDA accompanied by:

  • evidence of the applicant’s Queensland residential (or business) address (e.g., QLD driver licence, residential tenancy agreement, utility, or electricity bill) aligned to registration information;

  • tax invoice(s) and contract of sale displaying both the final payment and the date the ZEV was purchased;  

  • evidence of payment for the tax invoice(s) i.e. an official receipt(s) from the provider or a copy of the applicant’s bank transfer(s) or bank statement(s);

In addition to the above, applicants seeking an adjustment rebate payment or the higher $6,000 rebate must provide:

  • evidence of the household income which includes the applicants, and where applicable the applicant’s spouse’s, taxable income which may include:

    • a copy of a notice of assessment (NOA) from one of the two most recent financial years (at the time of application) obtained from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

    • a signed declaration that the applicant has lodged a Return not Necessary (RNN) with the ATO

    • any other documents reasonably requested by QRIDA. 

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).

 

Applicants wanting to apply for the adjusted rebate will need to submit a new application form through the application portal below.

Apply now

Read the guidelines and apply online here. Funding will be offered until available funds are exhausted.

Remaining scheme funding (as at 30 May 2024): $9,036,000

Frequently asked questions

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Any household with a total taxable income equal to or less than $180,000 per annum may be eligible to receive a total rebate amount - including any previously awarded rebates under the scheme - of up to $6,000.

Any households with a total taxable income over $180,000 per annum can still apply for a $3,000 rebate, subject to meeting all other scheme eligibility criteria.

A household under the scheme means an individual or, if the individual has a spouse, an individual and the individual’s spouse.

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.

Yes, you would be eligible to receive a rebate on this basis provided you meet all other scheme eligibility criteria.

The enhanced scheme measures 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 has a dutiable value equal to or less than $68,000 (including GST).

Eligible applicants who have purchased an eligible new EV on or after 21 April 2023 will be able to lodge their application for a rebate from 1 July 2023.

Households that received a rebate under the initial Scheme between 16 March 2022 and 20 April 2023 and who have a total household taxable income of equal to or less than $180,000 per annum, can apply for the adjustment rebate payment from 1 July 2023 if all other scheme eligibility criteria are met.

Household taxable income is assessed either through: 

  • a notice of assessment (NOA) obtained from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

  • a signed declaration that the applicant has lodged a Return not Necessary (RNN) with the ATO

You can obtain an NOA through your myGov account. Your notice of assessment is sent to your myGov Inbox.

To lodge a non-lodgement advice (also known as an RNN) you can complete either: 

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).

Dutiable value means the purchase price of the ZEV, including all accessories and options added to the vehicle and any other charges or fees levied by the dealer on the purchaser. 

Dealer delivery charges, registration fees and vehicle registration duty are not included as part of the purchase price considerations.

No, the ZEV Rebate Scheme is limited to one rebate per individual for the life of the scheme. 

Members of your household may still be eligible for a rebate as long as all other Scheme eligibility criteria is met.

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 eligible new 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 2023, 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.

Yes, you are entitled to a decision review. See reviewing a decision for more information. 

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 that has not previously been registered, either in Queensland or another Australian state/territory. 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).

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Last updated: 31 May 2024