The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Review was a two-year project to identify problems with the current law and generate options to improve it.
The review ended in 2021.
Infrastructure and transport ministers asked the NTC to review the HVNL and find out if it was still fit for purpose. The review explored how to:
Throughout the review we consulted formally through meetings and workshops, and informally through conversations and online.
We also analysed data and researched best practice examples from Australia and overseas. Our research focused on heavy vehicle regulation but included other types of transport regulation for comparison.
The project ended in May 2021 when ministers approved our recommendation to draft a new law. Find out about the next stage of this work.
Throughout the project we received feedback that helped us form a clear and accurate picture of problems with the HVNL. We formally consulted with:
We held over a hundred meetings and workshops with these groups. We also heard from heavy vehicle drivers, large and small operators, peak industry bodies, technology providers and the wider community.
Much of the feedback we received was aligned on the key problems with the current HVNL and on options for the future law. But there was also disagreement between our stakeholders on some key issues. This included differences of opinion within industry or across authorities and agencies.
Consultation period: May – August 2019
This paper examined the problems with the way fatigue management is covered by the HVNL and how the law is applied. It presented a comparison with other fatigue management laws and set out high-level principles that a revised law should cover.
Consultation period: June – August 2019
This paper analysed issues with the current access arrangements under the HVNL. It included a comparison with other ways heavy vehicle access is regulated.
Consultation period: June – August 2019
This paper set out how the current HVNL manages safety and examined what the HVNL doesn’t regulate. It looked at what is and isn’t working and included a comparison with management of safe people and practices in heavy vehicle transport with other transport modes in Australia.
Consultation period: July – August 2019
This paper summarised current vehicle standards and safety provisions in the HVNL and how the law is applied. It explored options for a risk-based approach to managing safety.
Consultation period: August – October 2019
This paper described assurance frameworks and their role, and summarised the way certification is regulated through the HVNL and related instruments. It set out assurance model options for a future HVNL.
Consultation period: September – October 2019
This paper looked at how data and technology relate to enforcement and compliance. It explored options for better use of information, technology and data.
Consultation period: March – May 2019
This paper investigated the way heavy vehicles are covered under the current HVNL. It explored how taking a risk-based approach to regulation might improve the law.
Consultation period: June – November 2020
The regulation impact statement outlined policy options on different issues and the impact the options would have. We also released a companion document - HVNL 2.0 - that set out one example of how the future law could work.
The Safety and Productivity Program will confirm which of the options in this document will be adopted.
Feedback from industry and stakeholders was used at every stage throughout the project:
Whether you helped us identify problems, suggested solutions, or provided feedback on our ideas, it all helped shape policy direction in some way.
Drafting a new law that gets the right balance between safety and productivity is a complex, time-consuming process. Some practical feedback we heard may not make it into the final draft law but there are other ways we can use it. We're working with industry and governments to find the middle ground and move the process forward towards a new HVNL.
Summarises submissions received as part of consultation for the Heavy Vehicle National Law Review (HVNL).
HVNL 2.0 is designed to be read alongside the RIS as a short-form description of one possible scenario for the future law.