Christmas/New Years business hours and travel restrictions 2018/19


Christmas/New Years business hours

From Tuesday 25 December 2018 to Tuesday 1 January 2019 inclusive, the NHVR offices will close for the Christmas/New Year break.

Our call centre will be closed on the national public holidays and open all other business days from 8am–6pm (AEDT). During this time we will continue to process access permit applications, but we will not be processing any other types of applications (i.e. fatigue, NHVAS, PBS or vehicle standards).

State and territory road transport agencies have advised of their access permitting business hours during this period, as set out in 2018/19 Christmas Hours - Access Permits (PDF, 85KB).

Please be aware that other road managers, such as local governments, may have limited to no service available during the Christmas/New Year’s period. This may delay the assessment and consent process. Further enquiries regarding road manager operating hours and levels of service should be made directly with the relevant council or agency.

Christmas/New Years travel restrictions

Over the Christmas and New Year period, there are travel restrictions in place for certain Class 1 heavy vehicles as outlined below.

Please note: For vehicles operating under a permit, operators should check the permit's conditions to establish whether Christmas or public holiday travel restrictions are explicitly listed or are referenced in related notices.

Australian Capital Territory

No specific Christmas restrictions in place.

New South Wales

Details of the travel requirements during Christmas holiday 2018/19 Christmas holiday period can be found on the NSW Roads and Maritime Services website at and are outlined in the following fact sheets:


IMPORTANT: National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice 2016 Amendment Notice 2018 (No. 1) (PDF, 599KB) has recently been published. This amendment notice removes the Christmas, New Years and Easter travel restrictions in Queensland previously imposed by the National class 1 special purpose vehicle notice 2016 (no. 1) (PDF, 1.5MB). Eligible vehicles in Queensland under the SPV Notice are now permitted to travel during the Christmas, New Years and Easter periods (all other access and condition requirements of the SPV Notice are still in effect).

South Australia

Pilot and escort exclusion times, which specifies:

Where a police escort is required, no oversize travel will be permitted:

  • on South Australian public holidays;
  • during public holiday periods; or
  • during major events (e.g. Tour Down Under).

A public holiday period means a period of three or more consecutive days covering a declared South Australia public holiday and adjacent weekend days (for example Easter and every long weekend); and the period between 23 December and 3 January (inclusive).

Further information can be found on the SA Government website at and is outlined in the following information bulletin:


No specific Christmas restrictions in place.