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Inside track: Transport, Shipping & Logistics

08 April 2019

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics

Inside track: Transport, Shipping & Logistics

In the media

Productivity Commission to review far-reaching transport reforms
The Liberal and Nationals' Government has requested the Productivity Commission undertake a review into national transport reforms to ensure they are delivering national productivity benefits and safety (05 April 2019).  More...

Regional transport infrastructure Palaszczuk Government priority
Billions of dollars of investment and tens of thousands of jobs are being delivered by the Palaszczuk Government on transport and roads projects in regional Queensland (04 April 2019).  More...

Budget: Headline road and safety spend defined
With Budgets all about spending, now and for the next four years, freight-related infrastructure cash is where the focus is for the transport and logistics industry, including National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy (03 April 2019).  More...

Queensland’s south-west gets $1.25m infrastructure boost from the state
Two south-west councils will share in $1.25 million through Round 4 of the Palaszczuk Government’s successful $295 million Building our Regions (BoR) fund (03 April 2019).  More...

Port State control Australia 2018 report
The 2018 PSC report demonstrates AMSA’s PSC regime is exerting a positive influence on the quality of vessels arriving in Australia, so that they do not pose threats to ship and crew safety or to the marine environment. Three vessels were banned from using or entering an Australian port in 2018 (02 April 2019).  More...

Building our future: Delivering the right infrastructure for a growing nation
The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is investing a record $100 billion over 10 years from 2019-20 through its rolling infrastructure plan to help manage our growing population, meet our national freight challenge and get Australians home sooner and safer (02 April 2019).  More...

B-doubles in PBS approval extension
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has expanded the performance-based standards (PBS) pre-advised design approvals in its latest update. From April 1, 2019, the PBS pre-advised design approval process includes qualifying B-double combinations up to 30m (02 April 2019).  More...

NHVR welcomes additional road assessment and safety program funding
Heavy vehicle access across Australia will receive a boost following an $8 million allocation to carry out structural assessment of vital local government bridges, roads and culverts. NHVR Chair Duncan Gay said this assessment is vital to allow road managers to open up new heavy vehicle networks and boost local economies by ensuring freight is moved efficiently (02 April 2019).  More...

NSW EPA ramps up dangerous goods prosecutions
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined freight company Vellex $8,000 after one of its contracted trucks allegedly failed to comply with the safety requirements for its load of flammable liquids in Newcastle (02 April 2019).  More...

NHVR moves against customer COR overreaction
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is seeking to head off unintended developments related to recent Chain of Responsibility (COR) reforms, an issue that is also of concern to state industry bodies (01 April 2019).  More...

NHVR welcomes funding boost for heavy vehicle programs
NHVR Chair Duncan Gay said the commitment by the Federal Government to new funding for the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) was an important safety outcome for all road users. The HVSI program has provided $11.61 million for 35 community and industry safety initiatives over the past three years (29 March 2019).  More...

NHVR welcomes new NTC chief
The NHVR has congratulated Dr Gillian Miles on her appointment as National Transport Commission CEO and Commissioner. NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the appointment would continue the strong cooperation between the NHVR and the NTC for ongoing reform to heavy vehicle safety and productivity (29 March 2019).  More...

Fatigue test trial to commence in Victoria
In an Australian-first trial, the Victorian Government is testing new technology that will detect fatigued drivers.
The project is part of an $850,000 investment to see if roadside testing for extreme fatigue can be conducted in a similar way to current roadside alcohol and drug testing (29 March 2019).  More...

AMSA detains ship for Maritime Labour Convention breaches
AMSA has detained the Liberian-flagged bulk carrier Anna Elisabeth after an inspection revealed a number of deficiencies relating to the working conditions of the crew under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 (28 March 2019).  More...

Forum outcomes focus on fatigue law reform
The NHVR will release a Discussion Paper as part of a broader Fatigue Safety Strategy to support a push by many in the heavy vehicle industry to reform fatigue laws. The Fatigue Safety Forum discussed future directions in fatigue safety for heavy vehicle drivers and identified actions to improve fatigue safety (25 March 2019).  More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Innovating transport across Australia: Inquiry into automated mass transit
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities; 02 April 2019
This report examines current and future developments in the use of automation and new energy sources in land-based mass transit, including rail and road mass transit, point-to-point transport using automated vehicles, and the role and responsibilities of the Commonwealth in the development of these technologies.  More...

NTC On the Road - Issue 56, 2 April 2019
On the Road provides important information on the heavy vehicle industry, including the latest NHVR news and events, relevant law and policy changes, and resources to help industry members comply with the HVNL.  More...

In practice and courts

AFIF: Biosecurity Levy Update - Revised Start Date 1 September 2019
The Government has announced a delay with a new start date of 1 September 2019 and a consequent small loss of revenue associated with a later start date.  More...

Australian Logistics Council
ALC Brief – Federal Budget 2019
Federal Budget 2019-20 

NHVR: Easter travel restrictions 2019
Please be aware that New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia have travel restrictions in place over the Easter holiday period for agricultural, oversize/overmass and special purpose heavy vehicles. The information here outlines the most common Easter restrictions (02 April 2019).  More...

NHVR simplifies PBS approval process
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has streamlined the performance based standards (PBS) access permit process, making it simpler to add new PBS vehicles to an existing vehicle approval (VA).
As of April 1, 2019, the VA number will not change when adding or removing identical vehicle units.  More...

NHVR: Fatigue monitoring trial
The NHVR is undertaking a trial of fatigue safety related technologies to gain a greater understanding of how they work and are used. The trial is being conducted in five phases between January 2019 and June 2020. The purpose of the trial is to determine how best to encourage industry uptake of technology that monitors drivers and detects fatigue and/or distraction. See the Introduction to the Fatigue Monitoring Trial here.

AFIF National Conference 2019
We welcome you to join us at the AFIF 2019 National Conference and Gala Dinner, at Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields VIC from May 23 - 24, 2019. Registrations are now open. Full Program details can be found here.




Heavy Vehicle National Law Amendment Bill 2019
Introduced by: Hon M Bailey MP on 2/04/2019
Stage reached: Referred to Committee on 2/04/2019

Subordinate legislation as made 

Reminder: No 27 Proclamation—Transport and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (commencing remaining provisions)  To fix 1 April 2019 for the commencement of the provisions of the Act that are not in force


Transport Legislation Amendment (Better Roads Victoria and Other Amendments) Act 2019
Act Number: 7/2019 Date of assent: 26 March 2019 - Part 4—Amendment of references relating to exemptions from Chapter 6 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (Victoria)3440Heavy Vehicle National Law Application Act 20133441Road Safety Act 1986

West Gate Tunnel (Truck Bans and Traffic Management) Act 2019
Act Number: 8/2019 Date of assent: 26 March 2019


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