ZEV Rebate FAQs
Read this page for answers to some frequently asked questions about the Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Scheme (the rebate).
For information about eligibility and how to apply for the rebate, visit the Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Scheme homepage.
I bought a zero emission vehicle before the announcement of the rebate. Can I claim?
The rebate is only available for eligible vehicles which were first licensed by the Department of Transport (DoT) on or after Tuesday 10 May 2022.
The DoT vehicle licence document will show the exact date that the licence was granted.
I have ordered a zero emission vehicle, and it is not yet available. Can I claim the rebate?
You can claim the rebate when the vehicle is first licensed. At this time, plates are fitted to the vehicle for the first time and it can be driven on the road.
The Department of Transport vehicle licence document will show the exact date that the licence was granted. If you are still unsure, you should contact your dealer for more information.
What documents will I require to submit an application?
When submitting an application for the Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate, the following documents must be submitted along with the completed application form:
- a copy of the Vehicle Licence and Motor Injury Insurance Policy; and
- a copy of your bank statement showing the nominated bank account name and number (individuals only); or
- a letter on company letterhead signed by the organisation’s director stating the nominated bank account number (businesses only).
What does it mean by dutiable value?
*The below interpretation is provided as a guide only
The term “dutiable value” is defined by the Duties Act 2008.
The dutiable value of a new vehicle, that is not a heavy vehicle, is:
- the price fixed by the manufacturer, importer or principal distributor as the retail selling price in Western Australia of that make and model; and
- for each optional feature in or of the vehicle — the additional amount fixed by the manufacturer, importer or principal distributor for the retail sale in Western Australia of the optional feature.
An optional feature includes a particular type of transmission (such as automatic or manual) or engine size (such as 1.8L or 2.0L). It does not include optional accessories such as window tinting, DVD player, sound system speakers, mag wheels, paint, fabric or rust protection.
For a comprehensive explanation of dutiable value, visit the WA Government’s Vehicle licence duty page.
If my application is successful, how and when will I receive the rebate payment?
If your Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate application is successful, you will be notified of the outcome by email, and the $3,500 rebate will be credited to your nominated bank account.
Please note that it may take up to one week from the date you are notified for the payment to appear in the nominated bank account.
If you have not received your rebate within this time, please contact us on 13 11 56 from 7.00 am – 6.00 pm Monday to Friday or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can’t afford a zero emission vehicle. How is this going to help me?
We recognise the cost of zero emission vehicles may still be too high for some people to participate in this scheme.
The rebate is intended to stimulate the supply of new zero emission vehicles in WA, which will eventually flow through to the second-hand market. Large fleets commonly dispose of their vehicles after one to five years, which provides an opportunity to buy used zero emission vehicles at a more affordable price.
What will happen after the 10,000 rebates have been granted?
The scheme will end when 10,000 rebates have been paid, or three years after the announcement (Saturday 10 May 2025), whichever comes first.
By this time, zero emission vehicles are expected to be more affordable, with a greater variety of models to suit individual requirements.
When the scheme nears the end, the Department of Transport will advise purchasers so they can be certain whether their vehicle will be covered by the rebate.
Can you give me a list of eligible vehicle makes and models?
The Department of Transport is unable to recommend specific vehicles as we cannot provide a commercial advantage to specific manufacturers and private businesses. Models are also constantly changing.
There are many online sources featuring up to date information about zero emission vehicle availability. Your local dealership may also be able to provide advice.
Is the rebate available to vehicles under novated leasing agreements?
Yes, the fact that a vehicle is financed through a novated lease will not impact on its eligibility for the rebate.
The Department of Transport suggests that you speak with your leasing company before the vehicle is first licensed to see if the rebate will impact on your leasing agreement.
Is the rebate available for dealer demonstrator vehicles?
If the dealer has licensed (registered) the vehicle for demonstrator purposes, they will be able to apply as the vehicle licence holder.
Dealers are encouraged to pass on the benefit to the vehicle purchaser, and purchasers should ask whether the dealer has applied for the rebate and seek for the rebate to be taken into consideration in the purchase price.