The current practice of drawing core requirements not specific to a mode from the UNMR will continue. These core requirements will also continue to be updated in line with the UNMR.
The starting point for requirements specific to land transport will be the requirements in the ADR and RID. But the ADG Code will keep current methodologies for placarding, segregation, and compliance with Australian Standards (where relevant).
The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code will be the starting point for:
- the table of dangerous goods that must be segregated for transport
- the point at which emergency information must be included on marking and labelling, and placarding.
Existing provisions in the ADG Code unique to Australia will only be kept if an analysis against the ADR or RID identifies a valid risk that isn't controlled by an existing ADR or RID provision.
Variations to ADR or RID provisions will only be made if either:
- the variation doesn't impact the cohesiveness of the requirements overall
- there is data and evidence that show the benefits of making the variation outweigh the impact of varying the ADR or RID provisions.
Existing Australian methodologies identified to be kept will be reassessed to make sure they still meet their intended purpose. This includes reassessing trigger thresholds and operational application, for example, reassessing placarding thresholds.