ADR Explained...

ADR, or Australian Design Rules, are regulatory standards established by the Australian government to ensure the safety, environmental performance, and overall compliance of vehicles, contributing to the uniformity and high standards of automotive design and manufacturing in Australia.

What Is ADR..?

All vehicles in Australia must be assessed and meet the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) before they can be registered to operate on Australian roads. Once registered the vehicle must be maintained to meet the ADR to remain roadworthy and continue to use Australian roads. As part of the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) all Mirrors fitted to a motor vehicle are subject to these standards and variation to the equipment may render the vehicle in Breach of the Australian Design Rules (ADRs).


Broken Mirrors should ONLY be replaced with Australian Design Rules (ADRs) compliant glass and that similar to which was supplied with the vehicle at manufacture (first Registration in Australia).

Manufacturers today generally fit Convex Rearview Mirrors to vehicles to meet Australian Design Rules (ADRs) compliance requirements with regard to field of view. This allows for smaller Mirror Assemblies than that which would be required if “Flat Glass” was to be used.


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It is important to note that use of “Convex Glass” on a motor vehicle is governed under the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) and must comply. It is further important to note that use of any convex i.e.. that used on some trucks and tractors, Do Not meet these standards as they are assessed under a different section of the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) to that of Passenger Vehicles and will possibly render your vehicle “Un-roadworthy” and thus you may also be “Un-insured“.

The use of household Mirror Glass is not acceptable for use on most vehicles as the reflectance and materials used in manufacture are not designed for external use where it is exposed to extreme weather conditions.

** Mirrors4cars are the only Car Mirror Manufacturer in Australia that Imports Mirror Glass specific for the Motor Industry and Guarantees that it will meet Australian Design Rules (ADRs).

ADR Explained

The Australian Design Rules (ADRs) are national standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions. The ADRs are generally performance based and cover issues such as occupant protection, structures, lighting, noise, engine exhaust emissions, braking and a range of miscellaneous items.

The current standards, the Third Edition ADRs, are administered by the Australian Government under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989. The Act requires all road vehicles, whether they are newly manufactured in Australia or are imported as new or second hand vehicles, to comply with the relevant ADRs at the time of manufacture and supply to the Australian market. When a road vehicle is first used on Australian roads the relevant state or territory government’s legislation generally requires that it continue to comply with the relevant ADRs as at the time of manufacture.

ADR Development and Review

The development of the ADRs continues as part of a normal program of review and revision. The program includes monitoring international developments and involves regular consultation with the Department’s key stakeholders. This identifies implementation issues or changes in factors affecting existing ADRs, as well as any need to introduce new ADRs. The ADRs are also subject to a full review where possible every ten years to ensure they remain relevant, cost effective, and do not become a barrier to importation of safer vehicles and vehicle components.

Public comment on draft ADR amendments, draft new ADRs and draft full reviews of existing ADRs is an important part of the process. Australian Design Rule Development Program and Public Comment

Much of the consultation takes place within institutional arrangements established for this purpose. The analysis needed, and the bodies consulted, depend on the degree of impact the new or amended ADR is expected to have on industry or road users. Consultation may involve some or all of the following groups: the Strategic Vehicle Safety and Environment Group (SVSEG); Australian Motor Vehicle Certification Board (AMVCB) which includes the Technical Liaison Group (TLG); the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials’ Committee (TISOC); and the Transport and Infrastructure Council.