Talk:Vehicle registration plates of Australia

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1990s Victoria plate recall[edit]

This article should mention the recall of number plates in Victoria during the 1990s. A large number of plates were issued with defective paint causing them to fade quickly. -- Longhair | Talk 01:40, 2 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Well, mention it then! I've enhanced the Victorian section, and plan to further enhance it with some piccies tomorrow when its less dark, but I don't know any more than you've just said. Also, seeing as I've talked about bus, taxi, bike rack and trailer number plates, I'm moving this article to Australian vehicle number plates Felix the Cassowary 13:43, 11 July 2005 (UTC)
An article on the topic to aspire to in terms of quality of information and coverage is German car number plates--A Y Arktos 09:04, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

Diplomatic number plates[edit]

Ref the reversion by Pfctdayelise - I don't think we should pursue turning the "I" statement into a factoid. Living in Canberra, I guess I do know a couple of the country codes. However, I do not think that revealing them is appropriate for wikipedia. When the gulf war (1st) broke out I do know that all US numberplates were changed to plain plates that day as some precaution against demonstration against the US. The information is not secret but probably the wikipedia is not an appropriate place to document or publicise.--A Y Arktos 08:15, 16 February 2006 (UTC) The list of codes is mostly public knowledge anyway - wikipedia is about knowledge, why not publish a list? I don't see how it will make life more or less dangerous for diplomats etc. Karl2620 21:48, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

Victorian slogans[edit]

The slogan NUCLEAR FREE STATE appeared on some plates for a short period, but I can't recall which letter series. Perhaps Bxx-nnn or Cxx-nnn?

Also --- The statement in the table that Q range had "(none from Qe-Qz)" is not correct. I had a QOx-xxx with "Victoria - on the move". Not sure when the slogans disappeared however...

Well, to try to answer both: as for NUCLEAR FREE STATE you are on the right track - that was in the Cs, after the "Victoria - 150 Years"; I only can remember CGx-nnn specifically. There was also a group of plates around this time with only "VICTORIA" in the centre, a bit like the more recent Q plates.

The "Victoria - On The Move" slogan disappeared from standard issue plates at about QDx-nnn. QEx-nnn up until at least QMx-nnn had no slogan as such, just the centred "VICTORIA". Of course as for your QOx-nnn, there are always exceptions (sometimes erroneously re-made plates), and I have actually seen an EMK-xxx (or was it EKM-xxx) in blue letters with "Victoria - The Place To Be".... probably an employee or friend of Vic Roads. Also I once saw an IWG-xxx on a red Alfa which was actually green on white. Walkingmelways 12:42, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

Y = Yogis[edit]

I have no idea of the origin of this :) but where I'm from, "Yogi" is a nickname for ACTers, somehow connected to the "Y" on the numberplates. pfctdayelise (translate?) 08:11, 5 April 2006 (UTC)

(The only example of this use I can find is here. Hmm. pfctdayelise (translate?) 08:14, 5 April 2006 (UTC))
Wait, a source, kind of :) pfctdayelise (translate?) 08:18, 5 April 2006 (UTC)
  • I had never heard the term, but I guess it is used about those of us who live here rather than as a self-reference ... --A Y Arktos\talk 21:45, 5 April 2006 (UTC)


Do you think there are any problems with displaying actual number plates like this? Privacy or maybe some regulation of the RTA/VicRoads et al? I don't know... perhaps we should doctor the plates to be generic things like "AAA 777"... or am I being paranoid? pfctdayelise (translate?) 08:43, 30 August 2006 (UTC)

  • The privacy issue shouldn't be a problem. Well, my images at least. I got permission for the ones I uploaded (one's from my car, one my mums). But I can't really see VicRoads having an issue with it either, since there's no personal information given away. ttam (talk)

Common features section?[edit]

I came here following links for LPG that needed updating, and found that the explanation of LPG stickers on number plates is in the Victoria section, whereas it should be in a generic section covering all states and territories. I propose to create a 'Common features' section after the federal numbering scheme section. The idea would then be that any features that are common to all plates, or exist in multiple states can be covered there. Opinions? --Athol Mullen 00:00, 18 November 2006 (UTC)

No objections from me. The autogas part seems strange where it is. Maybe some of the text in the lead section can be moved to a "General features" section. I don't feel comfortable doing this myself because I only know the sequences on Western Australian number plates - my user page would probably tell you the reason for that. :) Graham87 06:17, 18 November 2006 (UTC)

Federal Interstate[edit]

I came here looking for some information on the Federal Interstate scheme that you see on semi trailers to no avail, although there's a mention in the Tasmanian section. Anyone with some knowledge care to add? -philbert

  • Ive just thrown in some info on the FIRS plates, but there is precious little documentation available to reference. I will see if I can find some legislation to follow up on. Karl2620 13:25, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

Commonwealth of Australia plates[edit]

The article says "The Commonwealth Government of Australia used the Z prefix for its government owned vehicles up until 2000 when the Commonwealth Vehicle Registry was closed."

Is this true? We have lots of brand new cars (2006, 2007 models) at the Commonwealth Government which still have C of A plates with the red Z. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:32, 10 November 2007 (UTC)

I don't think that's true. All of the newly issued Red Z plates which I have seen have either been NSW Black on yellow, with the first Z being Red ZZZ-nnn plates (three Zs, 1st Z being red, other two black and a three numbers), or they have looked just like the old CofA plates, and have been ACT issue, and have been ZYA-nnn plates. Whilst I am sure some of the plates have exceeded those ranges, and that there are other ranges in other states, I can categorically say that there are no more CofA plates around, except possibly at the Kingston transport museum, where they still have CofA plates on busses, but then I am not sure if they are actually still registered ;).

Karl2620 12:04, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

Just seen a police escort in Brisbane; 23/08/12; 3 nice top of the line holdens, about 15 motorcycles, 3 police cars, one 4wd with a chauffeur logo on it, an army 4wd in the convoy. Stopped all traffic around it, blocked upcoming streets, and cruised on through like they own the place. Number plates on the holdens were simply "1" "A" and "AA". Green letters, white background. Prime minister's fleet, you think?

Hire Cars[edit]

Under the special vehicles section for NSW should there be a mention of Hire Car plates? The ones I have seen have had plates HC - nnnn —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:28, 17 April 2008 (UTC) This topic has been addressed and is now included. (Welldone65 (talk) 13:33, 10 May 2008 (UTC))


It states that the military districts were the basis for the post code system. SA is 4MD, however the postcode is 5XXX. Ozdaren (talk) 17:12, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

TAS is 6MD —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:25, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

How old is this rego plate?[edit]

I have a west australian shire plate, AU-66, ....I've had it for a few years, con you tell me when it would have 1st been issued?...cheers, Dave —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:30, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

Old number plate colours[edit]

The article states "QLD white background and green lettering (later maroon)" - it seems to be speaking in reference to the scheme raise in 1951-52.

Queensland did not adopt the green/white number plates until late in the 70's. Prior to that the number plates were black with white lettering with "QLD" at the top. I *think* that this change occurred at the same time that Qld switched from aaa-nnn to nnn-aaa format. It is also when they adopted the slogan "The Sunshine State" on the plates.

This colour change definitely happened with the change from aaa-nnn to nnn-aaa. (talk) 08:17, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Victoria I believe also had black with white lettering at some point but I have no information about when this changed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:38, 19 May 2011 (UTC)

The colour change in Victoria from white-on-black to green-on-white occurred before the recycling back to the "AAA" series. (talk) 08:17, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Before the 1951-2 scheme, Queensland had black-on-white "Q" followed by white-on-black numerals. Tasmania had the same but with "T". Other states might have had similar plates. (talk) 08:17, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

South Australian Special Plates[edit]

There are two special plates from South Australia that has not been mentioned in the article. One is the 150th-year Jubilee plate in 1986. Another one is the Grand Prix plate issued between 1985-1995, when the Australian Grand Prix was hosted in the Adelaide Street Circuit. You can still find it mentioned in the registration form for personalised number plates [1] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 23:45, 30 July 2013‎

Governor General's number plate[edit]

The article just says the plate has the Crown of St Edward on it. Does that mean the plate only has the crown on it or that it has "C of A" at the top and the crown underneath? Can someone please link the picture? FokkerTISM 05:18, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

Why is Australia using EU vehicle plate designs?[edit]

I would understand if a British or French overseas territory would have to use those kinds of Vehicle registration plates, but why Australian states? Is it some kind of agreement with between the gov'ts of Australia and the EU or for some other reason? -- sion8 Flag of Barranquilla.svg talk page23:00, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

These are the optional "Euro" plates. Traditional Australian plates do not have the same dimensions as European plates and the mounting holes are in the wrong place for European cars (requiring additional holes to be made to either the car or the plate to accommodate). There is no connection between the Australian issuing authorities and European authorities with respect to these European-style plates. The entities responsible for issuing registration plates in Australia must like the revenue stream from these plates as they charge several hundred dollars extra for them. OSX (talkcontributions) 01:53, 30 November 2015 (UTC)
I was checking out the "Vehicle registration plates" pages of several countries the other day and it doesn't seem to be mandatory for any places other than the EU or European countries' controlled territories, but many countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, etc. seem to issue plates in this so-called "Euro-Style" at the request of the people. I'm guessing some people like them like that and/or think they can just use those kinds of plate internationally as if they awarded them legality, but like you seem to suggest is both gov't revenue and show on the part of the car owners that get them for their cars. I once saw a car in the U.S. with both a regular U.S. state's plate and a Euro-Style plate right on top of each other, I think the EU one was either from France or Germany so I guess they were traveling. -- sion8 Flag of Barranquilla.svg talk page05:26, 6 December 2015 (UTC)

old number plates 1940s and earlier?[edit]

Can we get some pics of these?--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 05:51, 9 February 2018 (UTC)