New Australian Dangerous Goods Codes Released

In June the National Transport Commission (NTC) released the latest version of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code, providing an updated technical resource designed to keep the transport industry and the public safe.

NTC CEO Paul Retter said the latest edition of the code (7.3) would be of particular interest to heavy vehicle drivers, com-panies that use and transport dangerous goods and those who provide training on how to move dangerous goods safely.

“Everyone who uses Austral-ia’s roads and other transport networks has a responsibility to keep themselves and the travelling public safe,” Mr Ret-ter said.

Mr Retter said it was very important that people reading the code read it in conjunction with the specific dangerous goods legislation that applies to their state or territory.

Mr Retter said that the code had been updated to reflect the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations (17th edition). New amendments include:

Better clarifying the description of a dangerous good

  • Adding new materials to the list of dangerous goods
  • Requiring minimum sized markings on large packages of dangerous goods
  • Providing clearer requirements on how and where transport documents are kept on a vehicle transporting dangerous goods
  • And many others.

He said the new amendments also better aligned Australia’s dangerous good requirements with those in place overseas.

“This edition is good news for Australia’s importers and ex-porters as Australia’s dangerous goods requirements are now much more in line with those overseas. This cuts red tape and gives them much greater certainty,” Mr Retter said.

To download a copy of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code edition 7.3 click here.