Some of the easily overlooked aspects of venturing on the bus life journey...
All information is relevant at the time posted, please double-check rules haven't changed nationwide, or state-wide before you start building.
VEHICLE CONVERSION GUIDELINES FOR EACH STATE
YOU MUST FOLLOW THE NATIONAL (NHVR) HEAVY VEHICLES REGULATIONS (in 6 Aussie states) - FOUND HERE
QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, TAS, and ACT all use the NHVR as the vehicle conversion regulations.
The leftover states (NT and WA), also ADD to the NHVR rules. So you must follow NHVR and state rules.
---->We suggest reading the NHVR guidelines first.
---->Then BEFORE CONVERTING contacting your local Approved Vehicle Examiner (AVE) for final rules & final go ahead. Contact links provide for each state below.
ACCREDITED VEHICLE EXAMINER (AVE) PER STATE, CONTACT LINKS:
LICENCE TYPE REQUIRED BY GVM
To get a general idea what licence you may need... For example: We are getting a 3 axle coach bus - which usually have a GVM of 16 tonnes - and in Victoria (and most states) we require a Heavy Rigid License (HR).
To qualify for a HR Licence we must hold a valid Australian car licence for 24 months first.
For example, the cost for a HR licence training through an accredited training company called Cove Training (Heavy Rigid Non-Synchromesh gearbox) is approx $1900 for a 2 day course and test. (Victoria)
(This is for reference only please take a look at the websites under "more information" tabs below as well)