In the media

Heavy vehicle operators on notice in safety operation
Heavy vehicle operators are being warned to ensure their fleets comply with road safety regulations and National Heavy Vehicle Laws, under a new crack down by the Andrews Labor Government (20 October 2019). More...

Marine underwriter warns of "game changing" risk
Christopher Collins – underwriting manager at SURA Marine – has pointed to cargo losses resulting from cyber related fraud in freight documentation as a major concern. However, Collins did note that there's been a shift toward cargo owners placing full responsibility for loss and damage on road carriers which has led to cargo owners foregoing their own cover or adopting higher deductibles (17 October 2019). More...

Global supply chain analytics market to reach $13.5 billion
According to a new report by BCC Research the supply chain analytics market is expected to see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.8 per cent through 2024, when it could be worth $13.5 billion. Supply chain analytics solutions are used across a wide range of industries, including transportation and logistics16 October 2019). More...

DHL and Total to work together on technological challenges and climate issues
Both companies will explore and develop concrete projects alongside their daily business operations and core expertise, including multi-energy offers, sustainable mobility, new solutions for fleet management as well as contract logistics, global freight forwarding, added value supply chain solutions, road freight and express services (16 October 2019). More...

NHVR shares access tips for operators
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has released a top tips guide to the Portal to help operators reduce their application processing times. The regulator also announces that the Vehicle Standards service will be available in the NHVR Portal from 4pm Wednesday, October 16 (14 October 2019). More...

ALDI rolls out Electronic Fleet Management devices across its transport operations
Following a successful trial, supermarket chain, ALDI Australia, has announced it will install a new fleet management tool incorporating Electronic Work Diaries across its entire fleet subject to approval from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (15 October 2019). More...

Australian e-commerce projected to increase by 50 per cent in growing logistics sector
Urban freight looms as significantly to future industry growth as long haul freight, the traditional bread and butter of Australia's vibrant supply chain according to a new report (14 October 2019). More...

NHVR: Nine-in-10 compliant with permit conditions
This year, officers inspected 3533 heavy vehicles which showed that 93.1 per cent were compliant with their permit or notice conditions. The most common offence in relation to access was failure to carry a required permit or notice, required under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (09 October 2019). More...

Fatalities spur truck immobilisation safety alert
Work safety authority SafeWork NSW has issued a safety alert for heavy vehicle operators to effectively immobilise their trucks and trailers following a spate of fatalities this year (09 October 2019). More...

Drivers a central concern in early Senate probe submissions
Trucking inquiry responses focus on obstacles to renewal and proper standards, but it is still early days in the Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport's trucking inquiry but the issues of skills and recruitment are high on the agenda at present (08 October 2019). More...

Rest areas desperately needed in Canberra
There are no suitable heavy rest areas in the Australian Capital Territory and the road transport industry is crying out for facilities essential to supporting improved road safety and professional driver fatigue management. That's the message from NatRoad's Canberra Rest Area Survey 2019 conducted in July and August this year (08 October 2019). More...

Victoria escalates dangerous goods crackdown
Transport drivers and more than 25,000 workplaces associated with the storage and handling of dangerous goods will be targeted in a campaign to increase awareness of obligations under the Dangerous Goods Act, the Victorian state government warns (08 October 2019). More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Automated vehicle reform program approach October 2019
NTC: 10 October 2019
The purpose of this document is to outline the current National Transport Commission (NTC) automated vehicle reform program, including purpose, work completed to date, further planned reforms and interaction with other agencies. This document will be regularly updated as work progresses. More...

AMSA Update October 2019
Have your say on passenger safety. Free SMS workshops. Maritime Safety Awareness Bulletin; Experts lead talks on autonomous vessels. August incidents. More...

In practice and courts

ALC Submissions
14 October 2019 - Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials' Committee (TISOC) – The National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy: From Ambitions to Outcomes
14 October 2019 - Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials' Committee (TISOC) – Making a Modern Heavy Vehicle National Law

NTC Discussion Paper: Barriers to the safe use of motorised mobility devices (MMDs)
Publish date 16 October 2019 - The NTC will accept submissions until 11 December 2019. Submissions can be made online. More...

HHVR consultation: Grain harvest management schemes review issues paper
The issues paper looks at the various opportunities and challenges that exist with the current schemes, and options to achieve national consistency. Submissions closed on October 18. More...

Senate Inquiries
Importance of a viable, safe, sustainable and efficient road transport industry
Status: While submissions were originally due on 17 October 2019, the committee has extended the submission due date to 8 November 2019.

Current Consultations
Performance of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Status: Date Referred: 23 July 2019. Next Hearing: 11 November 2019: Canberra, ACT
The policy, regulatory, taxation, administrative and funding priorities for Australian shipping
Status: Date Referred: 23 July 2019. On 5 October 2019, the Senate granted an extension of time to report until the Wednesday of the first sitting week in June 2020.

NTC Effective enforcement issues paper 2019
Commission to review the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). This is one of eight issues papers that seek your feedback on the HVNL as it is, and opportunities to improve it. NTC will accept submissions until 31 October 2019 online. More...

NTC Issues Paper - Assurance models
Comments due 25 October 2019
NTC Issues Paper - Assurance models

IMDG Code Change - Refresher course must be completed by 31st December 2019
The current edition IMDG Code 2016 (Amendments 38-16) is only valid until 31st December 2019 and then will be superseded by the new edition IMDG Code 2018 (Amendments 39-16) which comes into effect on 1st January 2020 for two years. It is an AMSA requirement that Dangerous Goods Certificates are in line with the current regulations (16 October 2019). More...


Marine Orders Amendment (Marine Order 47 — consequential changes) Order 2019
16/10/2019 - This instrument amends the Marine Order 1 (Administration) 2013, Marine Order 12 (Construction — subdivision and stability, machinery and electrical installations) 2016, Marine Order 15 (Construction — fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction) 2014, and Marine Order 97 (Marine pollution prevention — air pollution) 2013 to make changes consequential on the enactment of Marine Order 47 (Offshore industry units) 2019.

Marine Order 47 (Offshore industry units) 2019
11/10/2019 - This instrument provides certification requirements for offshore industry units, sets out requirements for foreign vessels including certification and provides notification requirements for planned tows and other reporting matters, including MFU safety certificates.

Gazette 10 October 2019

Heavy Vehicle National Law - Heavy Vehicle Stated Maps - Amendment Notice 2019 (No.14)
The purpose of this Notice is to amend stated maps for vehicles at the request of road managers.
The amendments take effect 28 days after publication of Amendment Notice 2019 (No.14).

Subordinate legislation as made – 11 October 2019
No 201 Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Vehicle Registration) and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation 2019

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