Review of Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Systems

Chair

Mr Peter Medlock - Consultant

Scope

In November 2014 Transport Ministers approved changes to the NHVAS Business Rules to strengthen the operational design of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and audit system governance as part of the NHVAS Review Project deliverables. The aim of this and other work was to increase the accountabilities of key parties and allow the NHVAS to function utilising effective, risk based assurance program.

This review and its subsequent finding will inform further structural and operational improvements to the NHVAS and other schemes by:

  • 1. Providing a comparative analysis of heavy vehicle safety accreditation schemes/systems throughout Australia and the relative road safety benefits including:
    • a. the governance and oversight arrangements for safety accreditation schemes and how they compare to relevant international standards
    • b. accreditation scheme rules and standards, including their consistency with best practice international standards
    • c. the arrangements of accreditation schemes for training, accrediting and engaging auditors, their related activities and oversight including tracking and actioning non-conformances.
  • 2. Identifying what, if any regulatory benefits could be provided for complying with an appropriate safety accreditation scheme including the necessary regulatory oversight.
  • 3. Examining the safety merits of requiring operators who sub-contract on government infrastructure projects to be accredited under an accreditation scheme.

The Review will examine the marketplace to identify the best practice approach for the delivery of heavy vehicle safety accreditation as a service to industry in order to reduce the duplication of processes, and inconsistencies between, schemes. The Review may have regard to:

  • 1. previous inquiries into NHVAS and/or other schemes under the review
  • 2. the findings of the National Roadworthiness Baseline Survey and other roadworthiness surveys
  • 3. safety research into the effectiveness of accreditation schemes
  • 4. relevant coroners' reports if appropriate
  • 5. relevant international standards for risk management and conformity assessment schemes
  • 6. the 2016 Intergovernmental Agreement on Competition and Productivity-Enhancing Reforms.

Review and Reporting

In addition to dedicated industry consultation, the Review will utilise the NHVR’s existing industry consultation forums, to ensure industry expertise and advice is obtained. Commencing in October 2017, it is anticipated the Review will last approximately 6-8 weeks, with a report provided to the respective Boards of the accreditation schemes in 2018.