Australian Dangerous Goods Code maintenance

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We review the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road & Rail (ADG Code) every two years. This is to align with international best practice and to meet changing user needs in Australia.

In June 2020, the Transport and Infrastructure Council 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.

Closed consultation

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:

  1. 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 
  2. provide a more consistent practice for Australian manufacturers by removing the additional requirements that only apply to inner packaging filled in Australia.

Anticipated timeline for implementation

Late 2019
Draft Code available for public consultation
June 2020
Sign off by Ministers
July 2020
Proposed publication date for Edition 7.7
October 2020
Proposed implementation date

Contact us

Project manager Debra Kirk
Contact email dkirk@ntc.gov.au