The primary purpose of the HVNL is to ensure a safe and efficient heavy vehicle journey. This is made up of: a safe driver, a safe vehicle and a suitable route

This issues paper explores the options to use an assurance framework in the future law to support the safe and efficient heavy vehicle journey. The paper looks at how we can do this in a way that meets the needs of those regulated by the HVNL and those who oversee and administer the law.

There will be future opportunities to tell us about the specifics of compliance, technology and other matters.


Assurance is a way for regulated parties to demonstrate that they are doing the things that the law requires. Assurance schemes set out procedures that, if followed, will lead regulated parties to behave consistently with the requirements of the law.

Assurance schemes give a regulator, operator, supplier or other party confidence in themselves or others. In a successful assurance framework, the regulator is confident that the regulated party can take on more of the risk management roles. The confidence comes from the regulated party demonstrating they can meet the regulator’s standards.

The HVNL sets out provisions for the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) administered by the NHVR, however other schemes also exist. These include TruckSafe and the Western Australian Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (WAHVA).

Ultimately, an effective assurance regime can contribute to better and more effective targeting of enforcement resources. In doing so, it delivers greater overall efficiency in achieving the safety and productivity objects of the law.

What we heard

Government, regulators, drivers, operators, industry bodies, and members of the public have provided detailed and constructive submissions. Read what we heard on building blocks for assurance.