National Services Transition

Australian Capital Territory

The NHVR has commenced planning and implementation of the transition of heavy vehicle regulatory services from the ACT’s Access Canberra to the NHVR from 1 July 2019.

From 1 July 2019, Access Canberra will no longer provide heavy vehicle on-road compliance and enforcement services in the ACT. Instead these will be provided by the NHVR.

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Since commencing, the NHVR has worked in partnership with each of the participating states and territories (jurisdictions) to provide regulatory services under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) on its behalf. In December 2015, the National Services Transition project was established to facilitate the transition of the delivery of regulatory compliance services from jurisdictions to the NHVR.

The move to have all regulatory services come under the direct control of the NHVR will:

  • improve safety, productivity and efficiency outcomes
  • provide a single point of contact and a consistent approach towards heavy vehicle compliance activities
  • reduce duplication and minimise the compliance burden on the heavy vehicle road transport industry.

The National Services Transition Project commenced with an initial transition of three services from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in South Australia in July 2016. This was followed by the transition of further services, including on-road compliance officers in October 2017.

In July 2018, Tasmania was the second jurisdiction to transition all heavy vehicle regulatory services.

The NHVR is now working closely with New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT to begin the service transition process in each of those states and territories. The full transition of services is planned to occur at different stages over the next two years.

Queensland will be the final state to transition services which, at this stage, is scheduled to occur in 2020-21.

New South Wales

In February 2018, New South Wales agreed to transition all HVNL regulatory activities to the NHVR as part of a consolidated transition program. The first stage of the process—due diligence—is underway, with handover not expected before 30 June 2020.


Queensland has indicated that it will work closely with the NHVR and other jurisdictions in preparation for Queensland’s scheduled transition to commence in 2020-21.

South Australia

The NHVR has been delivering investigations, prosecutions and intelligence gathering in South Australia since October 2016. In October 2017, further services were transitioned, including heavy vehicle driver and operator fatigue monitoring through Safe-T-Cam, heavy vehicle access permit issuing and on-road heavy vehicle compliance monitoring.

The NHVR now has Safety and Compliance Officers operating from its South Australian head office in Adelaide and regional offices in Berri, Ceduna, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge and Port Augusta.

Services remaining with South Australia’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure include:

  • clearance of defect notices
  • inspection of vehicles for approval of modifications
  • inspection of vehicles for vehicle standards exemptions
  • mapping of heavy vehicle access networks.


On 2 July 2018, all heavy vehicle services, including on-road compliance monitoring, transferred from the Tasmanian Department of State Growth to the NHVR.

Services that transitioned to the NHVR include:

  • on-road education and compliance for drivers, operators and heavy vehicles, including mass, dimension, vehicle standards, load restraints, route compliance and driver fatigue
  • investigation and prosecution of offences under the HVNL.

Services remaining with State Growth include:

  • escorting Over-Size and Over-Mass vehicles
  • passenger transport (taxi and bus) legislation compliance activities
  • Written-off Vehicle Register (WOVR) light vehicle identity inspections.

The NHVR has Safety and Compliance Officers operating from its Tasmanian head office in Launceston and a regional office in Burnie.

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Victoria commenced its transition of services with due diligence in July 2018. Following due diligence, the Victorian Government will consider and agree on a transition date.