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National Heavy Vehicle Reform - seeking council experts - Circular 15.6

To Chief Executive Officer
Economic Development and Tourism Staff
Governance Officers
Information - Engineering Staff
Policy and Strategic Planning Staff
Date 9 April 2019
Contact Lea Bacon
Response Required Yes Respond By 19 April 2019
Summary The LGA is looking for subject matter experts from within our sector to help inform future LGA submissions on National Heavy Vehicle Reform.

The LGA is aware of three significant opportunities for local government to inform issues regarding National Heavy Vehicle Reform.

This Circular provides information on:

1.    a review of the National Heavy Vehicle Law;

2.    the development of a NHVR Heavy Vehicle Freight Access Strategy; and

3.    a Productivity Commission inquiry on National Transport Regulatory Reform.

We are looking for subject matter experts from within our sector to help inform future LGA submissions on each of these issues.

If you have staff in your council who can provide us with expert advice on this issue, please contact Director Policy Lea Bacon at

Review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has commenced a review the Heavy Vehicle National Law and its supporting regulations.

The purpose of the review is to ensure that regulations on the use of heavy vehicles:

  • improve safety for all road users
  • support increased economic productivity and innovation
  • simplify the HVNL, its administration and enforcement
  • support the use of new technologies and methods of operation, and
  • provide flexible, outcome-focussed compliance options.

Further information, including the terms of reference, is available here:

The NTC will release eight issues papers in the first half of 2019, followed by a Regulatory Impact Statement in the second half of 2019, with a view to legislative change from May 2020.

The issues papers are:

1. Risk-based heavy vehicle regulation – Issues Paper released - open for comment until 31 May 2019

2. Effective fatigue management – (April)

3. Easy access to suitable routes (May)

4. Safe vehicles (April)

5. Safe people and safe practices (May)

6. Accrediting operators to deliver best practice (June)

7. Managing compliance (August), and

8. Other policy matters (July).

Heavy Vehicle Freight Access Strategy

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is working with a Local Government Association Working Group to progress the development and implementation of a NHVR Heavy Vehicle Freight Access Strategy.

The LGASA Secretariat is representing our member councils, along with officers from local government associations in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

Over the past year, a number of state-based freight and supply chain strategies have been released that seek to deliver improved outcomes for roads and the national economy. In support of these strategies, the NHVR is developing a five-year NHVR Heavy Vehicle Freight Access Strategy to improve its role in improving the freight network. There is an opportunity to take advantage of technology improvements to reduce access approval times, increase data sharing, and reduce risk to road managers.

Further information is available in the Terms of Reference NHVR Freight Strategy(153 kb) and an NHVR - Freight Strategy - Issues Paper(379 kb).

Productivity Commission inquiry on National Transport Regulatory Reform

The Productivity Commission is to investigate the long-run economic impacts of transport regulatory reforms agreed by COAG in 2008-09 relating to heavy vehicle safety and productivity, rail safety and maritime safety and to make recommendations for further reforms towards a more integrated national market for transport services.

The Commission will provide a draft report and hold public hearings. The full terms of reference are available from the Commission’s website

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