The ninth Australian Rally Championship was held over six events across Australia, the season consisting of two events for Victoria and one each for Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and West Australia. The 1976 season saw the domination of the Datsun 240Z of Dunkerton for the second year running, winning convincingly with navigator Jeff Beaumont (four wins and a second). Their main opposition came from Dean Rainsford and Graham West in the Porsche Carrera. The results of the season could have been different had it not been for the controversy over the eligibility of George Fury's Datsun 710 Coupe. This car was FIA homologated and as such was eligible for the international Southern Cross Rally, but deemed to be ineligible for the ARC.