The National Transport Commission (NTC) is set to launch
the new edition of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (the Code)
on 1 March 2017. The new edition will contain a number of
significant changes aimed at reducing the regulatory burden of the
Code on business owners and providing continued assurance that
dangerous goods are being transported safely and
When will the changes commence?
The Code is updated every two years, with a one year transition
period for each edition.
From 1 March 2017 until 28 February 2018, businesses involved in
transporting dangerous goods can choose to comply with either
Edition 7.4 or Edition 7.5. From 1 March 2018, businesses must
comply with Edition 7.5. The relevant dates are summarised in the
Applicable edition of the Code by date
Does Edition 7.4 apply?
Does Edition 7.5 apply?
From 1 January 2017 to 28 February 2017
From 1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018 (transition period)
From 1 March 2018
What is being changed?
The upcoming edition makes a number of changes to the existing
regime. The numbers below are references to the relevant Chapter
and paragraph of Edition 7.5.
From a transport operator's perspective, some of the more
significant amendments include:
changes to the concessional limited quantities requirements in
order to provide a simplified approach to transport documentation
for limited quantities that are of a kind generally used for
household and personal care purposes (3.4.10);
changes to consignment procedures including changes to the
'overpack' mark (126.96.36.199) and the reintroduction of
'equal to' symbols for package sizes in Table 5.2;
a new placard limit of two tonnes for dangerous goods in
limited quantities (188.8.131.52.1);
changes to the size and location of placards for vehicles with
3000L or less (5.3.2); and
the removal of inner package labelling requirements and
associated references (184.108.40.206, 5.2.2 and 220.127.116.11.13).
In addition, the 'retail distribution loads' chapter and
associated references have been deleted. A more flexible approach
for small packages is now included in the concessional limited
quantities requirements in 3.4.10.
What should transport operators before the changes take
During the transition period, transport operators who transport
or store dangerous goods should:
obtain a copy of Edition 7.5 of the Code and become familiar
with the new regime; and
review their dangerous goods policies and procedures to ensure
compliance with the new regime.
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