Australia Window Tint Laws

In Australia window tint is legal to use up to a certain darkness level. Most States and Territories in Australia have similar window tint laws, with the exception of Northern Territory and Western Australia.

This article will give you a brief rundown of Australia window tint laws for each region, and other regulations concerning these vehicle modifications.

Window tint darkness is measured in VLT – Visible Light Transmission. VLT is an equivalent to percentage of light coming through car windows, therefore 35% VLT blocks 65% of total light coming through. View examples and preview various levels of tint darkness »

Australia Window Tint Laws Overview:

Australian Vehicle Safety Regulations allow all states and territories to set different limits for window tinting. Most territories have similar window tint laws, but certain regulations can be different.

Table below provides a quick overview of Australian window tinting laws for each State or Territory. Make sure you click the links to see more detailed breakdown of all tinting laws!

Car Window Tint Laws in Australia:
State/Territory: Windshield Front side Back side Rear
Data is current as of April 7th, 2017.
Australian Capital Territory None 35% 35% 35%
New South Wales None 35% 35% 35%
Northern Territory None 35% 15% 15%
Queensland None 35% 35% 35%
South Australia None 35% 35% 35%
Tasmania None 35% 35% 35%
Victoria None 35% 35% 35%
Western Australia None 35% 20% 20%

There are more rules and regulations specified on our individual pages for each state and territory, and we strongly advise reading it. We also provide direct links to relevant laws or official documents where you can verify all information.

You can also jump to: Australian Vehicle Design Codes, Jurisdictions, Penalties, Factory Tint, or our Conclusion for more general information on AU tint laws.

Australian Capital Territory Tint Laws

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has the following rules and regulations for car window tint:

  • Windshield: No tint allowed except uppermost 10% of the windshield.
  • Front side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Back side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Rear window: Must have more than 35% VLT.

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New South Wales Tint Laws

  • Windshield: Only uppermost 10% of the windshield may be tinted.
  • Front side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Back side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Rear window: Must have more than 35% VLT.

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Northern Territory Window Tint Laws

  • Windshield: Only uppermost 10% of windshield may be tinted.
  • Front side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Back side windows: Must have more than 15% VLT.
  • Rear window: Must have more than 15% VLT.

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Queensland Window Tint Laws

  • Windshield: Only uppermost 10% windshield may be tinted.
  • Front side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Back side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Rear window: Must have more than 35% VLT.

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South Australia Window Tint Laws

  • Windshield: Only uppermost 10% of windshield may be tinted.
  • Front side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Back side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Rear window: Must have more than 35% VLT.

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Tasmania Window Tint Laws

  • Windshield: Only uppermost 10% of windshield may be tinted.
  • Front side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Back side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Rear window: Must have more than 35% VLT.

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Victoria Tint Laws

  • Windshield: Only uppermost 10% or 65mm of the windshield may be tinted.
  • Front side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Back side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Rear window: Must have more than 35% VLT.

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Western Australia Tint Laws

  • Windshield: Only uppermost 10% of windshield may be tinted.
  • Front side windows: Must have more than 35% VLT.
  • Back side windows: Must have more than 20% VLT.
  • Rear window: Must have more than 20% VLT.

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Australian Vehicle Design Codes

Most Australian territories allow window tint behind the driver which is darker than 35% VLT in case of certain vehicles. Here are Australian Vehicle Design Codes to help you classify your vehicle:

  • Light goods vehicles (NA) – under 3.5 tonnes
  • Medium goods vehicle (NB) – 3.5 to 12 tonnes
  • Heavy goods vehicle (NC) – over 12 tonnes
  • Light omnibus (MD) – under 5.0 tonnes with 10 or more seating positions.
  • Heavy omnibus (ME) – over 5.0 tonnes, and with 10 ore more seating positions

NA, NB, NC, MD and ME are Australian Design Rules for vehicle categories stamped on vehicle’s compliance plate, found in the engine bay or next to driver’s seat.

If you drive a van, truck, or even SUV check your vehicle’s compliance plate to confirm whether you can install darker tint.

In case of these vehicles all windows behind the driver may have any level of window tint darkness, but windows next to driver must still have over 35% VLT.

Jurisdictions

As previously stated each State or Territory within Australia may have different window tint laws. Make sure to comply with laws from vehicle’s registration area, or whatever area you use the vehicle most in.

In case of certain jurisdictions where tinting laws are different, you may want to consider using car tint which is legal in both. It may save you from frequent traffic stops by law enforcement or additional hassle.

We also always recommend contacting your local law authorities or Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) to double-check any information we provide.

If you live in NT or WA where back windows can be tinted below 35%, we still do not recommend it in case you travel a lot between states, or even in case you intend to sell your car in the future. You are legally required to remove illegal window tint when selling your vehicle.

Penalties

Exact penalties and fees for unlawful window tint vary for each state and territory.

If caught with unlawful car window tint your vehicle may be deemed non-roadworthy and you will be compelled to remove any illegal modifications including window tint.

Installing illegal tint may also invalidate your car insurance with certain companies as it can be considered an unauthorized vehicle modification and potentially a contributing factor to an accident.

Furthermore illegal tint can even be used as evidence against you in court in case of a serious traffic accident.

You must always ensure you only use legally permitted tinting.

Factory-made tinted windows

Majority of new vehicles are manufactured with tinted windows. Australia allows these windows (including windshields) to have up to 70% visible light transmission.

It’s important to note this percentage is only allowed in case your vehicle or window was manufactured as such. Window film is an aftermarket modification.

Most of these factory-made (OEM) tinted windows have 70% to 92% VLT. Total light transmittance value (VLT) includes both factory-made and aftermarket tint combined.

In case your windows already have 70% VLT tint, installing aftermarket film with additional 65% would make them illegal in all of AU.

Conclusion

Australia Window Tint Laws

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Always ensure your window tint is legal. Never tint your windshields, and make sure you only tint with over 35% VLT on all other windows.

35% is a significant level of darkness and anything lower can make it very difficult to drive at night, and vast majority of drivers will never have a need to tint further.

In fact considering we’re very much familiar with tint laws in United States and some other countries, we consider Australian laws to be quite generous. Many countries do not allow under 70% VLT in front windows.

Consider having a printed copy of relevant laws and tint film’s original packaging or certificate in your vehicle. It can often help you avoid unnecessary trouble with police officers.

Lastly, always double-check any data with your local law enforcement authorities or directly with Roads and Traffic Authority in your state.

Our information about Australia Window Tint Laws was last updated in 2016 and 2017. Our articles are constantly checked for accuracy by our partnered Australian traffic law experts, but in case any of our info provided is not up to date or correct be sure to contact us so we can fix it. Thanks!

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