Bullbar Standards & Regulations

The following information is provided as a general guide for our members.  For more detailed information please read the Vehicle Frontal Protection Systems (VFPS) Australian Standard and also note the specific state government regulations in regard to bull bar design and fitment in your state or territory.

Readers Note: Primary Documents linked below frequently reference other Standards and Regulatory Instruments which have relevance to the Primary Document. NB When searching for ‘Bullbars’ see also ‘Bull bars’

 AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS                            AS4876.1-2002


This Standard sets out requirements for all types of vehicle frontal protection systems (VFPS) and specifies the road user protection criterion. This Standard also requires that motor vehicles fitted with a VFPS continue to comply with the applicable Australian Design Rules (ADRs). This Standard applies to the design and construction of vehicle frontal protection systems for motor vehicles up to and including 3500 kg GVM in the MA, MB, MC, MD1, MD2 and NA Categories, as defined in the Australian Design Rules for Motor Vehicles and Trailers.


  1. Standards Committee recommends that this Standard, except for the road user protection criterion (refer Clause 3.2), be applicable to VFPS for new model motor vehicles first produced after 1 January 2003.
  2. Committee also recommends that the performance requirement for the road user protection criterion (refer to Clause 3.2) is applicable to VFPS for new model motor vehicles first produced after 1 January 2005.

As at 1 June 2017, Clause 3.2 has not been referenced by any State Regulation.

States will reference Australian Design Rule 69/00 – Full Frontal Impact Occupant Protection as relevant to Bullbars.



  • Vehicle Inspectors Bulletin 5 (November 2007)
    Document provides information on Protrusions on the front of vehicles
  • Bull Bar Tolerances and Conditions September 2016 (current September 2017)
    Document advises interim tolerances and conditions for compliant Bull Bars.  The Exemption is extended to September 2017 and will enable people to have their bull bars checked and, if necessary, modified or replaced.  During the exemption period, the standards for bull bars in NSW will be reviewed and amended to provide clearer guidance on what constitutes a complying bull bar, and manufacturers can use this period to amend their products







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