Flooding recovery


The NHVR is urging all heavy vehicle operators to take steps to ensure safe travel when operating in and around areas affected by heavy rainfall and flooding.

Where possible operators should avoid travelling in impacted zones, however if required be aware of local emergency access arrangements.

Heavy vehicle access across flood-affected areas

Heavy vehicle operators should take the following steps when accessing flood-affected areas.

  1. Check the local road conditions through state road manager websites. A list of websites with the latest information about road conditions can be found below.
  2. If travelling in an affected area, check with local emergency services or recovery operations.
  3. Ensure your vehicle is able to travel on the existing network. If you’re travelling outside of these networks, you may need to obtain a permit through the NHVR Portal or call 136 487 for assistance. Avoid using back tracks or off-network roads to get around road closures.

NHVR applications

If flooding or flood recovery operations have interfered with your ability to lodge access or accreditation applications please get in contact with us on 13 NHVR (136 487) or info@nhvr.gov.au so we can provide appropriate support and guidance.

Understand emergency fatigue provisions – what you can and can’t do

An emergency services work and rest hour exemption may apply if working with or under the direction of emergency services. This includes transporting relief supplies or working to restore essential utilities and services.

For this exemption to apply, written or verbal direction must be received from emergency service personnel.

While the direction may exempt you from complying with work and rest limits and maintaining work diaries, they do not exempt an operator or a driver from managing fatigue.

Drivers should keep a record of any instruction given by emergency services.

Drivers should stop work and rest immediately if they are feeling fatigued at any time while operating a heavy vehicle.

Road Closures

There continues to be a significant amount of road closures across Queensland and NSW due to heavy rainfall and flooding.

You can find up-to-date maps for each state at the links below:

OSOM Networks

Operators are reporting a lot of large equipment is being or due to be moved during this period.  NSW, Victoria and Queensland have Oversize, Over mass (OSOM) networks, which operators are encouraged to utilise where possible. Using these networks removes the need for a permit. 

For general information on OSOM networks see the Information sheet - Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicle Dimension Exemption Notice 2020 (PDF, 299KB)

Network maps are available here:

For general information on OSOM travel see Oversize Overmass permit.

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