National notices

National notices have been made under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and apply in multiple states and territories.

A notice is an authorisation that allows a restricted access vehicle to travel on the road network. It also has the power to exempt vehicles from requirements (e.g. mass and dimension) under the HVNL and its regulations.

Variations to authorised routes will be made in the manner set out in the relevant notice (for example, through amendments to published maps, or the addition of routes to the notices themselves). All national notices are issued for a maximum of 5 years.

Acronyms used in table: MDL – Mass, dimension and loading; VS – Vehicle standards.

Title and description Gazette reference Category Application

Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicle Dimension Exemption Notice 2020 (No.1) - Authorises the use of class 1 load carrying vehicles that are up to 5.5m wide, 35m long and 5m high (state and territory dependant).

This notice refers to other documents that may be required to be carried including other notices, certificates, codes of practice, maps etc.

Please note the following supporting document for this notices:

C2020G00352 MDL ACT, NSW, Qld SA, Vic

Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicle Mass Exemption Notice 2020 (No.1) - Authorises the use of class 1 load carrying vehicles that are up to 115t (state dependant).

Please note the following supporting documents for this notice:

C2020G00353 MDL NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

Multi State Class 3 Heavy Vehicle (Cotton Transportation) Dimension Exemption Notice 2017 (No 1) (PDF, 640KB)

The purpose of this notice is to allow specified Type 1 road train combinations transporting cotton modules between cotton farms and cotton gins to be exempted from prescribed dimension requirements in Schedule 6, Part 2 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation and requirements in Schedule 3 of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C201700475 MDL NSW, Qld

Multi-State Class 3 Spreader Box Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 746KB

Exempts a Class 3 heavy vehicle fitted with a spreader box from the width limit stated in section 7(1) of Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation.

C2019G00109 MDL NSW, Qld, SA, Tas

National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2020 (No.1) | PDF, 828KB

Exempts eligible agricultural vehicles and combinations from certain mass and dimension requirements of the Heavy Vehicle National Law and Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation, and other certain requirements of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation, and places conditions on their operation in designated Agricultural Heavy Vehicle Zones.

Please note the following supporting resources for this notice:

For more information see our National Agricultural notice web page.

C2020G00213 MDL ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice 2020 (No.2)PDF, 1.5MB

Authorises the use of Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicles up to 40 tonnes on gazetted networks in all participating jurisdictions. Examples of vehicles operating under this notice include mobile cranes (e.g. 2-axle pick and carry cranes, 2- and 3-axle all terrain mobile cranes, 3- and 4-axle truck cranes) and mobile concrete pumps.

This notice refers to other documents that may be required to be carried including other notices, certificates, codes of practice, maps etc.

Please note the following supporting documents for this notice:

C2020G00590

MDL ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

National Class 2 4.6m high and/or 25m Long Vehicle Carrier Authorisation Notice 2020 (No.1) | PDF, 848KB

Authorises the use of Vehicle Carriers from 4.3 to 4.6 metres in height, or from 19 to 25 metres in length, or both, in stated areas or on stated routes, during stated hours of stated days and states the conditions under which these Vehicle Carriers may be used.

C2020G00606 MDL NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 2 4.6m High Livestock Carrier Authorisation Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 785KB)

Authorises the use of Livestock Carriers from 4.3 to 4.6 metres in height in stated areas or stated routes, during stated hours of stated days and to state the conditions under which these Livestock Carriers may be used.

C2019G00111 MDL NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 2 B-double Authorisation Notice 2020 (No.2) | PDF, 761KB

Authorises access for class 2 heavy vehicles that are B-doubles.

Please note the following supporting documents for this notice:

C2020G00662 MDL ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice 2020 (No.2) | PDF, 635KB

Authorises access for Class 2 road trains that meet the requirements of the notice.

Please note the following supporting documents for this notice:

C2020G00618 MDL NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

National class 2 PBS level 1 and 2A truck and dog trailer authorisation notice 2016 (no.1) (PDF, 711KB)

Authorises the use of 3 and 4 axle trucks towing 3-, 4- or 5-axle dog trailer PBS combinations on gazetted networks.

This notice refers to other documents that 'may' also be required to be carried including other notices, certificates, codes of practice, maps etc.

Please note the following supporting documents for this notice:

C2016G00589 MDL ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 3 Controlled Access Bus Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 901KB)

Provides access to controlled access buses that are more than 12.5m long, but not more than 14.5m long, and are compliant vehicles or have a rear overhang dimension that exceeds regulation limits.

Compliant buses from 12.5 to 14.5 metres long are also considered Class 2 vehicles under s116 of the HVNL. However, this Notice grants such vehicles access as though they are exempted Class 3 vehicles, and provide the same access.

This notice refers to other documents that may be required to be carried including other notices, certificates, codes of practice, maps etc.

C2019G00104 MDL ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 3 Drought Assistance Dimension Exemption Notice 2018 (No.1) (PDF, 726KB)

Exempts eligible vehicles from complying with certain dimension requirements when transporting specified commodities for consumption by livestock in declared drought affected areas.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2018G00743 MDL ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 3 Heavy Vehicle 4.6m High by Construction Semitrailer Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 608KB)

Exempt a stated category of class 3 heavy vehicles from the height limit stated in section 8 of Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation.

C2019G00107 MDL

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

National Class 3 Vehicle Carrier Exemption Notice 2019 (No. 1) (PDF, 769KB)

Exempts the stated categories of class 3 heavy vehicles from the stated dimension requirements of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation specified in the Notice, subject to specified conditions.

C2019G00108 MDL NSW, Qld, SA, Tas

National Class 3 Mechanical Tarping and Safety Harness Systems Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 726KB)

Exempts a stated category of Class 3 heavy vehicles from the width limit in section 7(1) of Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation.

C2019G00089 MDL NSW, Qld, Vic

National Class 3 Truck and Dog Trailer Mass Exemption Notice 2020 (No.1) | PDF, 768KB

Exempts truck and dog trailer combinations from prescribed mass requirements and provide access on certain networks under specified conditions.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2020G00599 MDL ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

National COVID-19 Emergency (Holiday Travel Condition) Derestriction Notice 2020 (No.7) | PDF, 704KB

This notice removes certain travel condition restrictions on heavy vehicle travel times during the COVID-19 human biosecurity emergency. The restrictions are those relating to travel on state controlled roads during public holidays, school holidays, and at other specified times.

At the request of Victorian Department of Transport, this notice will expire on 31 October 2020 and will not be extended. The holiday travel condition will revert to conditions prior to the implementation of the Notice in March 2020. Please ensure you factor this expiration into your operational requirements.

C2020G00793 MDL Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Concrete Agitator Work and Rest Hours Exemption Notice 2019 (No 1) (PDF, 640KB)

Provides alternative short rest break requirements for drivers of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles carrying pre-mixed concrete by removing short rest break requirements for drivers who have short work breaks instead.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2018G01019 Fatigue ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Backlit Badges) Exemption Notice 2016 (No. 1) (PDF,708KB)

Exemption to allow in-service heavy vehicles to be fitted with backlit badges, emblems or logos.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2016G00666 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Detainee Transport Vehicle) Exemption Notice 2018 (No. 1) (PDF, 558KB)

Exempts heavy vehicles built or modified for transporting detainees from certain prescribed heavy vehicle standards.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2018G00980 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Dual Control Waste Collection Vehicles) Exemption Notice 2020 (No.1) | PDF, 703KB

Exempts a heavy vehicle that is fitted with dual steering controls and used for waste or recycling collection, or street sweeping, from certain requirements of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation.

C2020G00757 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Emergency Services Speed Limiting) Exemption Notice 2018 (No. 1) (PDF,593KB)

Exempts emergency vehicles that are heavy vehicles from complying with certain requirements of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2018G00460 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Flashing Warning Lights) Exemption Notice 2020 (No.1) | PDF, 652KB

Exemption from certain vehicle standards requirements where there is a safety requirement for a heavy vehicle to have one or more flashing warning lights fitted.

This notice refers to other documents that may be required to be carried including other notices, certificates, codes of practice, maps etc.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2020G00785 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Partially Completed Vehicles) Exemption Notice 2018 (No. 1) (PDF, 792KB)

Exempts partially completed and newly manufactured heavy vehicles that are used on roads prior to first registration for particular purposes from complying with certain specifications of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2018G00461 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Special Purpose Vehicles Exceeding 40 tonnes Total Mass) Exemption Notice 2018 (No. 1) (PDF, 1.1MB)

Provides relevant vehicle standards exemptions for Class 1 special purpose vehicles exceeding 40 tonnes total mass.

Please be aware that this notice does not provide road access approval. Once all requirements specified in the notice are met an access permit must be obtained before accessing the road network.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2019G00006 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Truck-Mounted Attenuator) Exemption Notice 2017 (No. 1) (PDF, 558KB)

Exempts a heavy motor vehicle fitted with an attenuator that is deployed when supporting road construction, repair or maintenance activities, traffic control operations or road incident response from certain prescribed heavy vehicle standards.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2017G00456 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Warning Signs for Combinations Longer than 22m) Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1)  |  PDF, 638KB

Provides transitional arrangements for the use of Long Vehicle and Road Train signs on combinations longer than 22m in accordance with certain specifications of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2019G01111 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Work and Rest Hours Exemption (Personal Use) Notice 2018 (No. 1) (C2018G00071) 

Exempts specified categories of permitted personal activity from the definition of work, with the intention that those activities are not counted as work time for a driver under Standard Hours.

C2018G0071 Fatigue ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Work Diary (COVID-19 Relief) Exemption Notice 2020 (No.1)PDF, 560KB

Allows a driver of a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle who is unable to use the driver’s written work diary because it is filled up, destroyed, lost or stolen and is unable to get a replacement work diary due to service disruptions created by the Australian Human Biosecurity Emergency (COVID-19) to use supplementary records for up to 30 days.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2020G00281 Fatigue ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Livestock Welfare Work and Rest Exemption Notice 2020 (No. 1) | PDF, 564KB

Exempts drivers of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles carrying livestock from specified work time requirements if additional time is needed to respond to situations where the welfare of the livestock is or was at risk.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2020G00131 Fatigue ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

Primary Production Work Diary Exemption Notice 2018 (No. 1) (PDF, 647KB)

Exempts drivers who carry out primary production work within a 160km radius of their base from having to carry and complete a National Driver Work Diary.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2018G00758

Fatigue ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic