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Australian Low Volume & Individually Constructed Vehicle Association

The Australian Peak Body for all LVV and ICV Matters

Who are we?

ALVICVA is an association of Car Clubs, Car Kit suppliers and specialist businesses that service and support the Low Volume Vehicle (LVV) and Individually Constructed Vehicle (ICV) segments in Australia.

Our goals is to ensure LVV and ICV stakeholders have a voice in the entire process of developing, building, certifying, registering and enjoying specialist vehicles built in Australia outside of the mainstream motor manufacturing companies. Our scope covers all road vehicles which require a VIN (an international standard format 17 character Vehicle Identification Number) where the manufacturer cannot "self-certify" and issue their own VINs. 

In Australia, Low Volume Vehicles are built and certified under jurisdictionof the Federal Department of Transport wheras, Individually Constructed Vehicles are built and certified under the jurisdiction of State Registration Authorities (SRAs).  This leads to conflicting certification requirements and for ICVs, this can be a significant impediment to re-register a vehicle in a different state to the original state of certification.

The principal objective of the Association is to provide a forum and meeting point for Individually Constructed Vehicle Clubs and commercial entities in Australia to assist the builders and owners of LVVs and ICVs to enjoy and enhance their experience of building and driving their vehicles on public roads like other motoring enthusiasts. In particular, the Association will:
  • liaise with government and governance entities to streamline the certification processes such that builders of individually constructed vehicles can achieve certification in a timely and consistent manner
  • liaise with government and governance entities to have certification for individually constructed vehicles uniform and accepted in all states of Australia;
  • provide up to date technical support and information to motoring enthusiasts and relevant government bodies to help them appreciate the benefits of allowing Individually Constructed Vehicles to be built and registered while meeting current engineering and safety standards;
  • promote and conduct investigations, research, storage and dissemination of advice and information concerning sound practices in designing, building and maintaining LVVs and ICVs, in Australia;
  • promote the interests of LVV manufacturers at an industry level;
  • mentor ICV kit manufacturers and LVV manufacturers to align their design approaches and principles to service both turnkey car and ICV markets

Our Constitution can downloaded in full on our Documents page.

What's a Low Volume Vehicle?

                                    (637623 bytes)A Low Volume Vehicle (LVV) is a vehicle that made and supplied to the Australian market in low volume (less that 250 vehicels per year).  The vehicles are certified under the supervision and jurisdiction of Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Low Volume Vehicle usually utilise components and sub assemblies from mass production vehicles that are housed in a purpose built body that results in a performance car.  LVVs are fitted with identification plate with a VIN supplied by the department.  As such these vehicles may be bought, sold and registered freely in any Australian State.

LVV Identification Plate Sample

LVV manufacture is built on the principles of certified designs and components, made under Quality Management Systems and processes such that each example is fundamentally identical but may have minor differences in equipment fitted.  That means the certification of each vehicle is straight forward and accepted in all states and territories in Australia.

What's an Individually Constructed Vehicle?

PACE_1_small.jpgAn Individually Constructed Vehicle (ICV) is a vehicle that is built as a one-off and requires a VIN to be issued so it can be registered and driven on the road.  These vehicles are registered under the jurisdiction of State Registration Authorities (SRAs) using certifiers and processes and proof of compliance specific to each SRA.  The Australian Federal standard for ICVs is VSB14 with the administration of ICVs performed by the SRAs.

ICVs can be built from kits, plans in books, modified from these sources, or can be completely or original concepts.  Because components and designs are not certified before assembly, the the certification process can be arduous and uncertain. 


It is possible that seemingly identical vehicles with identical specifications and running gear, one built under LVV certification and the other under ICV certification would be treated differently by SRAs due to the certification regime.  ALVICVA is working towards making ICV registration simpler and easier for vehicles using certified components and chassis designs.


See our Members page for contact details of some of the ALVICVA members, manufacturers and associated clubs in Australia.

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If you are planning to build an ICV

bullet Join an ALVICVA sponsor club to support our efforts on improving ICV certification
bullet Contact your local registration authority to familiarise yourself with their processes and their current list of Vehicle Certifiers.
bullet Be sure that you talk to a Vehicle Certifier recognised by your State Registration Authority who will guide you through the engineering process

How do you contact the ALVICVA?

Correspondence may be addressed to any of the committee members below.

ALVICVA Office Bearers
Club Officers Email

How do you join the AICVA?

Membership is open to business entities involved and dependent on LVV and ICV building and certification and in includes Vehicle Certifiers, LVV manufacturers, ICV kit manufacturers, suppliers of services and specialist parts to LVV/ICV builders and LVV/ICV clubs.  Individual ICV  builders and owners are not eligible to join but can be members as part of membership of an affiliated LVV/ICV club.  See our Membership page for more details.   


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What's New

20th August 2020
Web Site Updated

Please note that the opinions and details expressed in this web site are not necessarily those of ALVICVA members, the ALVICVA Committee or Office Bearers.  Whilst every effort is made to provide accurate information, ALVICVA, its members, Committee and Office Bearers take no responsibility for any action you may take on the basis of this web site's content.