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Requirements for Dangerous Goods Transport

In 2007, the National Transport Commission (NTC) introduced a model legislative framework for the transport of dangerous goods by road or rail.

The framework closely aligns with international standards for the safe transport and storage of dangerous goods.

In 2008, Victoria implemented the Model Regulations by:

  • Amending the Dangerous Goods Act 1985
  • Making the Dangerous Goods (Transport by Road or Rail) Regulations 2008
  • Adopting the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road or Rail (ADG Code).

Dangerous Goods (Transport by Road or Rail) Regulations 2008

The NTC introduced two packages of reforms to the Model Regulations and Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road or Rail in 2009 and 2013.
On 1 September 2015, the Dangerous Goods (Transport by Road or Rail) Regulations 2008 were amended to include these changes.

The NTC has since introduced a third package of reforms, which are minor and technical in nature and incorporate changes introduced by the United Nations to the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations (18th revised version).

In order to maintain harmony with other states and territories, the Dangerous Goods (Transport by Road or Rail) Regulations 2008 have been amended to include these changes. These amendments came into effect on 1 January 2016.

What this means for you

If you are involved in the transport of substances classified as 'dangerous goods' under Victorian laws, you may need to review and update some of your work practices.

Australian Dangerous Goods Code

The Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (ADG Code) provides technical requirements for the land transport of dangerous goods across Australia. It provides important controls on the movement of commonly-used dangerous goods, such as petrol, LPG and paints, primarily to protect public safety.

On 1 January 2016, the ADG Code, edition 7.3 was replaced by edition 7.4 (ADG 7.4). The law now references ADG 7.4. Duty holders will have 12 months to comply with this edition.

A link to the new code as well as a marked up version of ADG 7.3 can be found here: http://www.ntc.gov.au/heavy-vehicles/safety/australian-dangerous-goods-code/