Heavy Vehicle National Law review


We are going back to basics to review the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). Rather than looking at the current law as a starting point, we want to identify and test existing assumptions to develop the best options.

About the review

Our aim is to deliver a performance-based and outcomes-focused regulation that will:

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

We will release eight issues papers across 2019:

  1. Risk-based heavy vehicle regulation (March ) – Consultation closed
  2. Effective fatigue management (May) – Consultation closed
  3. Easy access to suitable routes (June) – Consultation closed
  4. Safe vehicles (July) – Consultation closed
  5. Safe people and safe practices  (June) – Consultation closed
  6. Assurance models (July) – open for comment until Friday 25 October 2019
  7. Effective enforcement (September) – Open for comment until Thursday 31 October 2019
  8. Other policy matters (September)

Open for comment

We welcome engagement from any individual or organisation to help us improve the productivity, safety and environmental performance of Australia's transport systems.


Get involved

We have launched a new website dedicated to the HVNL review. It contains information about what we are doing to review and improve the law and how you can get involved. Your input will be used to inform and shape policy options for consideration by ministers. We will be seeking your views between February 2019 and February 2020.

For the latest information, focus areas, key dates or to make a submission, visit the Heavy Vehicle National Law Review website.