HVNL Review - Co-ordination

On 28 May 2021, ministers approved a two-year HVNL Safety and Productivity Program to implement reform outcomes from the HVNL review. 

Program update

The implementation phase of the program will lead to an updated law that:

  • is based on a new, risk-management focussed operator assurance framework, and 
  • offers simplicity for those who need it and flexibility for those who seek it.

The program, comprising six reform areas, aims to deliver productivity and safety benefits against a two-year delivery plan.

The NTC will lead the following reform areas in collaboration with governments and industry to deliver draft legislative amendments and other draft instruments:

  • operator assurance scheme
  • technology and data
  • duties and driver health
  • fatigue management
  • vehicles and access
  • legislative approach.


Throughout most of 2019 we consulted with governments, regulators, heavy vehicle drivers, large and small operators, peak industry bodies, technology providers, and the wider community to get a clear and accurate picture of problems with the HVNL. 

In September 2019, the process shifted from identifying issues to generating solutions. The NTC facilitated the development of reform approaches for the future HVNL and sought feedback on these, including targeted workshops in Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne.

In January 2020, the NTC released a Summary of consultation outcomes.

In June 2020, the NTC released a consultation regulation impact statement (RIS) based on hundreds of submissions to eight issues papers and collaboration with government, industry, the police, the regulator and the Australian community. We also released a complementary guide (HVNL 2.0 – a better law scenario) to be read alongside the RIS as a short-form description of one possible scenario for the future law.

Public consultation on the consultation RIS ran until 20 November 2020. This feedback informed recommendations presented to ministers in May 2021.

News and media

We are seeking feedback on the consultation regulation impact statement (RIS) as part of the next phase of engagement on the HVNL review.

To support the release of the consultation RIS, we’ve developed a complementary short-form document to outline one potential scenario for the future HVNL.

Contact us

Project manager Aaron de Rozario


March 2019
Analysing issues
March 2019
Consulting on issues
November 2019
Developing options
June 2020
Consulting on options
November 2020
Preparing recommendations for ministers
May 2021
Delivering recommendations to ministers