We review the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road & Rail (ADG Code) every two years to align with international best practice and to meet changing user needs in Australia.
In June 2020, transport ministers approved version 7.7 of the ADG Code. These changes are effective from 1 October 2020 and compulsory from 1 October 2021.
States and territories have committed to amending their local dangerous goods laws to align with changes in edition 7.7 of the ADG Code.
Consultation on the draft Edition 7.7 of the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road & Rail is now closed.
The draft aligns with Revision 21 of the United Nations (UN) Model Regulations and incorporates changes adopted by the UN along with other Australian-specific changes. The draft incorporates two key changes to bring Australian practices in line with accepted overseas practices and remove unnecessary burden on Australian businesses and the broader public.
These changes aim to:
- simplify the requirements relating to the transport of dangerous goods in limited quantities by removing the Australian-specific sub-categories and aligning with the International agreement for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail
- provide a more consistent practice for Australian manufacturers by removing the additional requirements that only apply to inner packaging filled in Australia.