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We periodically review the Australian Dangerous Goods Code to ensure it remains current and effective.

Australian Dangerous Goods Code maintenance

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The NTC reviews the Australian Dangerous Goods Code every two years to help it meet international best-practice and evolving user needs in Australia.

Please note: You can get a copy of the current code – edition 7.6 – by visiting Heavy vehicles > Safety > Australian Dangerous Goods Code.

Next steps

The next biennial review of the Code is expected to start in the second half of 2019. We expect to make recommendations to ministers in May 2020 to approve version 7.7 of the Code that will include UN 21 amendments. 

In May 2018, the Transport and Infrastructure Council approved version 7.6 of the Code, with the changes effective from 1 July 2018 and compulsory from 1 July 2019.

States and territories have committed to amending their local laws to align with making the changes from version 7.6 of the Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail to their local laws. 


The Australian Dangerous Goods Code sets out the technical requirements for transporting dangerous goods by road or rail.

The code is given legal force in each Australian state and territory by each jurisdiction’s dangerous goods transport laws.

The NTC has ongoing responsibility for the maintaining the code. You can read more about it and get a copy online here

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Project Manager Debra Kirk
Last Updated: 15/4/2019