Dangerous goods transport

Overview

In Tasmania, the transport of dangerous goods is regulated through the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Act 2010 and the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Regulations 2010. The Act and Regulations refer to the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG Code), which sets out the operational and technical requirements in the management of dangerous goods transportation. It is important that the Tasmanian laws and the ADG Code are read together, as these set out your responsibilities and obligations for the transport of dangerous goods.

As a part of these obligations, drivers and vehicles must be licenced by WorkSafe Tasmania if they transport dangerous goods, where the capacity of containers transported by road:

  • exceed 500 litres or kilograms for a container
  • exceed 3000 litres for a single IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) or total capacity of IBCs, not filled or emptied on the vehicle
  • are a Risk Category 3 load for Class 1 (explosives)

Driver licence application

Submit the approved form at a Service Tasmania shop.

Application for Dangerous Goods Driver Licence (pdf, 194.1 KB)

Dangerous Goods Driver (Medical) (pdf, 621.4 KB)

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a licence, you must:

  • meet specified medical criteria and training standards.
  • have a good driving record for the 5 years before you apply.

WorkSafe will not grant you a licence if:

  • you have been found guilty by a court in Australia of an offence that makes you unsuitable to be the driver of a vehicle transporting dangerous goods
  • your drivers licence has been cancelled or suspended on a ground that makes you unsuitable to be the driver of a vehicle transporting dangerous goods
  • you are subject to a court order prohibiting you from being involved in transporting dangerous goods by road.

Vehicle licence application

Submit the approved form at a Service Tasmania Shop.

Dangerous Goods Vehicle Licence (pdf, 604.6 KB)

The Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road & Rail (ADG Code) has minimum standards for licensed vehicles, for example:

  • placarding
  • documentation
  • safety equipment and emergency information
  • segregating incompatible goods
  • bulk transfer requirements
  • design standards for containers and tank vehicles.

From 22 February 2017, amendments to the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Regulations 2010 took effect to reflect ongoing improvements recommended by the United Nations for the transport of classified goods.

They also:

  • removed redundant requirements for inner package labels due to the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals that came into effect from January 2017
  • clarified ventilation requirements for tools of trade
  • implemented new concessions for the transport of specific dangerous goods packed in limited quantities
  • increased the minimum load limit for vehicle placarding
  • removed requirements for vehicle licence labels due to new online and scanning technology
  • reflected minor adjustments to the Australian Dangerous Goods Code

The Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG Code) is updated every two years, with a one year transition period for each edition.

Amendments to edition 7.6 of the code reflect the 20th edition of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and changes specific to the Australian environment.

Edition 7.6 of the ADG Code has legal effect from 1 July 2018 and compliance with edition 7.6 is mandatory in Tasmania from 1 July 2019.

Further information and a copy of the ADG Code is available on the National Transport Commission website.

Forms and guides

Guides

Transporting Fireworks by Road PDF, 399.3 KB

Summarises essential transport requirements to help firework operators, pyrotechnicians, drivers and others involved in loading and transporting fireworks.

ID: GB339 | Date: 04/2014


Codes

Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail, 7th edition (ADG Code)

Australian Code for the Transport of Explosives by Road and Rail - 3rd edition (AE Code)



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