Australian Dangerous Goods Code maintenance


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

States and territories have committed to amending their local dangerous goods laws to align with changes in edition 7.6 of the ADG Code.


The draft Edition 7.7 of the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road & Rail is now available for public consultation. 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. 
Full details of these changes, along with an outline of other draft key changes, are covered in the accompanying explanatory document.

Please forward any comments on the draft to Debra Kirk ,

Open for comments until 31st December 2019.

About the draft documents:
•    Amendments (other than purely typographical or administrative) are shown in ‘track changes’ 
•    Comments are included to provide additional  information on the source of the amendment
•    Due to the large file size, the Code has been broken into several smaller files
•    Page numbering, footnote numbering, Table of Contents and Table of Amendments will be added when the document is consolidated following public consultation.

Anticipated timeline for implementation

03/11/19 - 31/12/19
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