Zenith City News: Everything You Need to Know About the Authorised Inspection Scheme (AIS)

Have you ever wondered about the Authorised Inspection Scheme (AIS) and TfNSW’s role in it? Well, look no further! In this article, we will walk you through the ins and outs of the AIS, from different types of safety check stations to how you can join the scheme. So, let’s dive in and explore the world of AIS together!

Types of Safety Check Stations

Under the AIS, there are four main types of safety check stations:

  • ASCIS – Authorised Safety Check Inspection Scheme (light vehicles)
  • AUVIS – Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Scheme (unregistered light vehicles)
  • HVAIS – Heavy Vehicle Authorised Inspection Scheme (heavy vehicles)
  • ACIS – Authorised Crane Inspection Station (SP2 cranes)

Each type of station requires a separate authority to ensure that vehicle examiners are qualified and that specific safety requirements for different vehicle types are met.

Joining the AIS

Joining the AIS is a straightforward process. To get started, you need to complete the appropriate application form as either a proprietor, proprietor’s nominee, or examiner. Be sure to attach all the required documents with your application.

Once you’ve submitted your application, TfNSW will assess it and notify you of the result by mail. If your application is successful, you will receive a notification that includes an administration fee that needs to be paid. You will also be informed of your eligibility for training.

After successfully completing the AIS training course, you will receive an information pack that includes a login to the AIS online system, along with additional tools and guidance. If you’re interested in becoming a mobile safety check provider, you can find more information as well.

Training Courses and Fees

TAFE NSW is the authorised training provider for the AIS course. For detailed information on available training courses and associated fees, please visit the TAFE NSW website.

AIS Business Rules

Participants in the AIS must adhere to the AIS Business Rules, which were developed with input from industry stakeholders and are maintained by TfNSW. These rules are legally binding and operate under powers granted by Clause 70 of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2017.

Whether you are an authorised examiner, proprietor, or proprietor’s nominee, it is essential to comply with the AIS Business Rules.

ACIS Rules

ACIS proprietors and examiners have additional rules that they must follow, including the ACIS Supplementary Business Rules, AIS Business Rules, and Crane Safety Check Rules. Access to these rules is available through the AIS Online system, exclusively for authorised users.

Inspection Fees

It’s important to note that TfNSW sets maximum fees for inspections. However, these fees do not cover travel costs for ACIS on-site inspections. Examiners should agree on the travel costs with their customers before travelling to the crane site.


TfNSW has recently introduced a new audit model for the AIS. Scheme Inspection Officers will now present their photo identification and conduct inspections while dressed in plain clothes attire. These audits will be conducted on a more frequent and targeted basis, and sanctions may be imposed for non-compliance.

ECS Certificates

In January 2018, AIS Notice 35 and VSCCS Notice 14 were withdrawn. Following a policy review, TfNSW has released AIS Notice 36, AIS Notice 36 Frequently Asked Questions, and VSCCS Notice 15. These documents have been prepared in consultation with government and industry experts.

More Information

For further information about the AIS, you can email ais@transport.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 791 186.

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Related sections

  • Become a mobile safety check provider
  • Authorised Safety Check Inspection Scheme (ASCIS)
  • Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Scheme
  • Heavy Vehicle Authorised Inspection Scheme (HVAIS)
  • Authorised Crane Inspection Scheme (ACIS)
  • Inspection fees – AIS Notice 18
  • Information for vehicle owners
  • Vehicle Inspector Bulletins

AIS Online

  • AIS Online Login – authorised users only
  • AIS Online Help Guide

Other information

  • Authorised Examiners, Proprietors, Licenced Certifiers and Motor Dealer Fit and Proper Policy (PN287)