Australia: Inside track: Transport, Shipping & Logistics - In the media, reports, cases and legislation

Last Updated: 9 July 2019
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In the media

Queensland move on permits will boost freight productivity
The Australian Logistics Council has applauded the Queensland Government's decision to extend permit durations for Class 1 Oversize Overmass vehicles to 12 months. As the Queensland Freight Strategy released earlier this year outlined, the state's freight task is expected to increase by over 20 per cent in the next decade. (27 June 2019). More...

Permit reform to boost heavy vehicle industry
The Palaszczuk Government has announced it will slash red tape for heavy vehicles in a move set to save industry more than $1 million in fees and 3,300 hours in paperwork (27 June 2019). More...

NSW and SA say they will get to grips with HVNL review
Clarity on how the majority of affected states' are to address the National Transport Commission's Heavy Vehicle National Law review issues papers may be emerging (27 June 2019). More...

State reticence on HVNL reform input queried
The National Transport Commission's National Heavy Vehicle Law review has failed to elicit formal responses from most states that signed up for it, though that may be set to change (25 June 2019). More...

NHVR Portal provides standard conditions library
Road managers are bringing additional uniformity and consistency to access permit conditions with which operators are required to comply. NHVR Access Manager Roger Garcia said the NHVR is currently transitioning all local and state government road managers to utilise the standard conditions library within the NHVR Portal (24 June 2019) More...

Trade deals fill only half the need as supply chain lags
If the critical freight infrastructure servicing Australia's supply chains is not operating at optimal levels of efficiency and safety, then the productivity and competitive advantages offered by free-trade agreements will be muted (21 June 2019). More...

Supercars star heads new road safety campaign
Australian Supercars star and current commentator Garth Tander will head a new heavy vehicle safety campaign which encourages all road users to give trucks space (21 June 2019). More...

Company and director penalised after fatal truck collision
A transport company owner has been penalised $88,000 with an additional $30,000 in legal costs following a prosecution on Chain of Responsibility breaches (21 June 2019). More...

NSW Police sheds light on fleet inspection
NSW Police has used the example of a serious truck collision to shed light on the fleet inspection process companies may face following a public incident. The case in point relates to a heavy vehicle colliding with the rear of another (20 June 2019). More...

Austroads spotlights dangerous goods in tunnels research
Road transport and traffic organisation Austroads has released a report that sets out a framework for undertaking risk assessments of transporting dangerous goods in road tunnels (20 June 2019). More...

NSW councils defend HVNL access rights
New South Wales councils back Heavy Vehicle National Law reform – until it impinges of their control of local roads (18 June 2019). More...

Queenslander launches national campaign to get grey nomads and truckies on the same page
Ken Wilson hopes educating camper vanners will help reduce the road toll, with Queensland Government figures showing that in 2018, the number of fatal crashes involving heavy vehicles were up more than 60 per cent on the year before (16 June 2019). More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

ATSB Safety Investigation Reports
Grounding of ABFC Roebuck Bay on Henry Reef, Queensland, on 30 September 2017 – Final 27 June 2019. More...

NHVR: Safety Bulletin: Reducing the risk of vehicle fires in the heavy vehicle industry
The NHVR has released a Safety Bulletin targeting Reducing the risk of vehicle fires in the heavy vehicle industry. The Bulletin outlines a number of common fire risks in heavy motor vehicles, and preventative action operators can take (24 June 2019). More...

In practice and courts

NHVR makes the switch to Route Planner
NHVR Route Planner replaced the Journey Planner from 27 June, 2019. Route Planner makes it easier to plan your journey with the most accurate and up-to-date road information (24 June 2019). More...

NHVR: Draft Crane Industry Code of Practice feedback
The draft Crane Industry Code of Practice has been developed by the Crane Industry Council of Australia in consultation with industry, and will consider and assess risks and control measures specific to crane operations. These include: crane road worthiness, mass configuration, crane load security, crane operator competency for road travel, crane operator fatigue. Feedback closes 12 July 2019 using the feedback form available on NHVR's website (24 June 2019). More...

Heavy Vehicle National Law Review: update
The purpose of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Review is to deliver – from a first principles perspective – a modern, outcome-focussed law regulating the use of heavy vehicles
Effective fatigue management (May) – open for comment until Friday, 16 August 2019
Easy access to suitable routes (June) – open for comment until Friday, 16 August 2019. More...

Australian Industry Standards
Cross Sector Supply Chain Skills – Development – Submission date 29 July 2019
TLI Chain of Responsibility – Development - Submission date 01 July 2019

IRC Projects - Transport and Logistics
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has commissioned the revision of six Skill Sets and 25 existing Units of Competency for the TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package to include new technologies for improving safety outcome. More...

NTC Consultation RIS - Developing technology-neutral road rules for driver distraction
Issue Date 27 Jun 2019 Comments Due 21 Aug 2019
The purpose of this project is to find a better way to regulate the safe use of technology devices as part of the Australian Road Rules. More...

NTC Issues Paper - Easy access to suitable routes
Issued 13 June 2019, with comments due 16 August 2019. More...

NTC: National Heavy Vehicle Law Review Issues Paper 2
The National Transport Commission has begun its review of the National Heavy Vehicle Law. The commission is inviting stakeholders to provide their views on the law until February 2020. The second issues paper has now been published, focusing on fatigue management. Feedback is due by 16 August 2019. More...

AMSA: Safety workshop
MIAL's first safety workshop for the domestic commercial vessel sector will be held in Brisbane on 13 June. The one-day course is free to members and $45 for non-members with topics covering safe operations, compliance and a panel session with partners including AMSA. More...


National Heavy Vehicle Regulator [2019] FWC 4070
Fair Work Act 2009 s.318 - Application for an order relating to instruments covering new employer and transferring employees National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
Since 16 August 2013, Access Canberra has conducted regulatory functions on behalf of the NHVR under a service level agreement which includes assessing heavy vehicles and their drivers for compliance with the provisions of the Heavy Vehicle National Law in the ACT. However as of 1 July 2019 Access Canberra will no longer undertake these activities on behalf of the HVR as they will be performed directly by the NHVR.



Regulations and other miscellaneous instruments
Heavy Vehicle (Adoption of National Law) Amendment (Penalties) Regulation 2019 (2019-258) — published LW 21 June 2019

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