Recognising the importance of codes of practice, the NHVR is reviewing its guidelines, and seeking views on ways to improve the current process for developing and registering them.
The NHVR is seeking public feedback about its codes of practice program and suggestions for improvements to its Guidelines for Preparing and Registering Industry Codes of Practice (PDF, 497KB) (the Guidelines). This Discussion Paper highlights existing issues and canvasses potential solutions.
Industry codes of practice are developed for industry by industry groups, based on their actual experience of the hazards present in the heavy vehicle transport industry and the ways they’ve found to manage them.
Registered codes of practice can provide valuable guidance to people in the heavy vehicle industry to help them manage the safety of their transport activities. They can also provide a benchmark for accepted standards and ways of operating that enable business partners to be on the same page.
Codes of practice can also be used by courts to determine whether a party has done everything reasonably practicable to manage safety.
For all these reasons, the required standard for a code of practice is high.
What’s NHVR’s role?
The NHVR has a statutory power to assess and register an industry code of practice – but it cannot create one. Only an industry group can do that. However, the NHVR does have the power to publish guidelines for codes of practice. These guidelines are used to maintain the standard and consistency of registered codes.
The NHVR published its current Guidelines in January 2017. So far only one code of practice – the Master Code – has been assessed against them and registered. Another seven codes of practice are in various stages of development and assessment.
What’s the Discussion Paper about?
The NHVR would like to make changes to its program, to facilitate the development and registration of codes of practice.
This Discussion Paper has been based on independent research, and developed in consultation with NHVR staff and developers of codes of practice. It reviews the Guidelines and the NVHR’s codes of practice program overall, and discusses possible improvements to both.
It’s designed to provide context and information about the codes of practice program, and to generate debate and discussion.
Why we’re consulting
Feedback will help the NHVR shape its strategy for codes of practice going forward and will inform the revision of the Guidelines.
Feedback is sought from anyone with an interest in codes of practice, whether it be developing a new document, using a code for training purposes, or simply referring to a code of practice for safety information.
The feedback form has space for answers to the 16 questions included in the Discussion Paper, and for any other general comments. You are invited to submit feedback using the Industry Codes of Practice Guidelines - Feedback form (PDF, 67KB) until Friday 2 July 2021.
Please email the completed feedback form to email@example.com or post to National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, PO Box 492, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006.
The NHVR may also run focus group sessions, either online or in person, if there are any individuals or groups who’d like to provide feedback in this way. If you’re interested in taking part, please email the Codes of Practice Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org