The review of the HVNL will be a back-to-basics review that will result in an entirely new performance-based law.

The HVNL Review will result in performance-based and outcomes-focused regulation that will:

  • improve safety for all road users
  • support increased economic productivity and innovation
  • simplify administration and enforcement of the law
  • support the use of new technologies and methods of operation, and
  • provide flexible, outcome-focused compliance options

The scope of the Review will include the entirety of the HVNL and regulations, other than the functions of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

The Review will consider matters such as:

  • whether the objects of the HVNL remain appropriate and clear
  • the efficacy of the HVNL in fulfilling its objects
  • closer alignment with model Work Health and Safety Law
  • the benefits of increasing national consistency of heavy vehicle regulation, able to adapt and apply sensibly to remote, regional and urban areas
  • the varied freight task and capacity of those in the road freight supply chain to comply with the HVNL
  • opportunities to remove legislative hurdles to efficient administration of the law
  • opportunities to restructure and simplify the HVNL, remove redundancy and move detail down the hierarchy of legislative instruments, and
  • the capacity of the law to accommodate new business models, digital technologies and data.

Getting involved in the review is easy. The NTC wants to give everyone affected by the HVNL an opportunity to participate.

Stakeholders will have the opportunity to participate in the HVNL review through a variety of dedicated forums including:

  • interactive consultation website
  • regular newsletters
  • co-design workshops
  • working groups
  • engagement activities in regional and remote Australia, and
  • through industry associations.

Your feedback will be used by the NTC to develop policy options. These policy options will feed into the Regulatory Impact Statement and be presented to ministers for consideration. The agreed policy options will then be turned into law.