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, 533.6 KB)

Dangerous Goods Driver (Medical) (PDF, 608.3 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, 751.7 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.

Amendments to the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Regulations 2010 came into effect on 8 May 2019.

The amendments adopt changes made to the National Transport Commission’s model legislation for the transport of dangerous goods by road or rail. The National Transport Commission maintains and updates the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (the ADG Code) and the associated Model Law.

The amendments:

  • update terminology from ‘subsidiary risk’ to ‘subsidiary hazard’ to ensure the term ‘hazard’ is used correctly and consistently
  • correct an apparent oversight in which Chapter 7.2 of the ADG Code (dealing with the transport of empty packets and containers) was not specified as a requirement in the regulations, meaning that the ADG Code could not be relied upon in this regard. The amendment will ensure empty packaging and containers can be transported in compliance with Chapter 7.2
  • amend consignment procedures so a package of dangerous goods that is packed in excepted quantities is considered to be appropriately marked if it is marked and labelled in accordance with Chapter 3.5 of the ADG 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, 489.5 KB

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

ID: GB339


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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