This Advice is to remind Australian Public Service (APS) agencies of the requirements of the Executive Vehicle Scheme (EVS) and to update the associated Guidelines.
2. The EVS reflects the Commonwealth Government’s on-going commitment to the Australian automotive industry. Since 2001, this has been facilitated through the requirement for vehicles to be selected from manufacturers which are registered as a Motor Vehicle Producer or Automotive Component Producer in the Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme (ACIS) established under the ACIS Administration Act 1999. ACIS is administered by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.
3. The Guidelines have been amended to reflect recent changes to manufacturers registered under ACIS. In particular, agencies should note that Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd has ceased to be an Australian vehicle manufacturer. The updated Guidelines are at Attachment A.
4. These Guidelines apply to APS Agencies (including Agency Heads) as defined under the Public Service Act 1999.
Further information and advice
5. Should you require any further information or assistance on this matter, please contact your APSC Client Contact directly or email employmentadvice [at] apsc.gov.au
Public Sector Branch
Attachment A -Executive Vehicle Scheme (EVS) Guidelines
1. Agency Heads are responsible for the development and administration of policy on the use of private plated Commonwealth vehicles in their Agency, subject to the mandatory requirements outlined below.
2. Agency Heads determine the standard of vehicle and options accessible, its ‘cash in lieu’ value, any personal contribution and use of credit cards associated with the vehicle (consistent with the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997).
3. As such, EVS participants should consult the guidelines of their individual agency for information on the administration of the EVS (including vehicle type and cost).
4. Agencies are required to obtain all of their Agency’s motor vehicle requirements (agency vehicles) from LeasePlan Australia Ltd (LeasePlan) for a period of 6 years from 1 February 2004. Vehicles provided under these Guidelines are part of agency vehicle requirements.
Mandatory requirements to be incorporated into agency policies
5. EVS participants are required to select from passenger motor vehicles (including all wheel drive vehicles) from manufacturers registered under the Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme (ACIS) as a Motor Vehicle Producer (currently, Ford, Holden and Toyota) or an Automotive Component Producer (currently Nissan) which must be either:
- made in Australia; or
- imported and have an engine capacity of 2000cc or less.
6. Sports cars (including sports coupes) are excluded from the EVS.
7. Four-wheel drives (4WDs) and passenger vans are excluded, with the following exceptions:
- 4WDs may only be approved by individual agencies where they are required for operational reasons; and
- passenger vans may only be approved by individual agencies where they are required for operational reasons or special circumstances.
These vehicles remain subject to the requirement that they be selected from a Motor Vehicle Producer or an Automotive Component Producer which is registered under the ACIS.