ACIS was introduced by the Australian Government to guide the development of the automotive industry from the year 2000. ACIS commenced on 1 January 2001 and is directed toward encouraging investment and innovation in the automotive industry. It is scheduled to end on 31 December 2010.
- ACIS rewards production, investment and R&D through the quarterly issue of import duty credit to registered participants.
- AusIndustry has the responsibility for administering ACIS.
- Australian producers of at least 30,000 motor vehicles or 30,000 engines annually (MVPs);
- Australian producers of at least $500,000 of at least one kind of automotive component annually for use as original equipment (OE) in at least 30,000 motor vehicles or 30,000 engines (ACPs);
- Australian producers of at least $500,000 of OE annually, where that production represents at least 50% of the total value of a producer's automotive component production (ACPs);
- Australian producers of at least $500,000 of automotive machine tools or tooling annually, where at least 50% of that production is used to produce OE (AMTPs);and
- Australian providers of at least $500,000 of automotive services annually, where at least 50% of those services relate to the production of motor vehicles or OE (ASPs).