Comprehensive review of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code

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The NTC is conducting a full review of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (the code). This work will focus on the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail. 

A high-level update of the code happens every two years. But, this will be the first full review since edition 7 of the code was released in 2007.

International alignment

This review is an opportunity for Australia to:  

  • better align with international and intermodal practices 
  • leverage international processes to ensure all aspects of the code are regularly updated. 

The review will aim to better align the code with the following:

United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods - Model Regulations (UN MR)

Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR)

Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID)

Project background

In November 2020, transport ministers approved a full review of the code. The review aims to achieve:

  • in-depth review of Australia-specific chapters in the code
  • incorporation of requirements relating to Class 1 (explosives) and Division 6.2 (infectious substances)
  • incorporation of relevant concepts and requirements from ADR and RID
  • inclusion of more detailed requirements relating to training
  • high-level summary of duties, grouped by activity (eg consignor, loader, prime contractor or driver)
  • development of a publicly accessible central register of legislative variations across jurisdictions  
  • inclusion of natural justice and administrative law principles into the model legislation
  • improved processes for licences associated with the transport of dangerous goods.

Get involved

We’ll engage with our stakeholders throughout the review. This may involve asking you to help with research. Email the project team (details below) to be added to the list for updates.

Respirator research

We’re currently gathering information relating to escape respirators from vehicle owners. These are required under the code and detailed in Table 12.2. Complete our survey to help us understand if these requirements may be revised through the review. 

Complete the survey

Survey closes on 31 July 2021.

What happens next?

Right now, we’re doing research and analysis of Australian-specific requirements in the code. This will identify:

  • how they differ from internationally accepted requirements
  • the rationale for these differences. 

We’re also preparing guiding principles and terms of reference for the review. These will guide how the review will be conducted and how decisions on requirements will be made. Once a draft is ready, we’ll share this with stakeholders for review, discussion and input. 
 

Timeline

May 2021
Researching
June 2021
Drafting guidelines
August 2021
Consulting on guidelines
November 2021
Analysing issues
December 2021
Consulting on issues
May 2022
Drafting code
February 2024
Consulting on draft code
May 2024
Preparing recommendations for ministers
August 2024
Delivering recommendations to ministers
November 2024
Publication

Contact us

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