COVID-19 border restrictions

Information about border restrictions and any passes needed for the transport of freight and logistics across borders for each state or territory can be found on our dedicated NHVR coronavirus page.

Any form needed to cross a border is completed and submitted through the relevant state or territory authority and not through the NHVR.

For information on general travel restrictions (car, motorcycle etc.) please refer to the Federal COVID-19 Restriction Checker - Domestic Travel.

Access permit applications

Permits issued by the NHVR

Refer to the table below to determine whether you apply to the NHVR for the permit you need or whether you should apply to a state road transport authority. Responsibility for issuing the permit depends on the heavy vehicle class and the jurisdiction in which you are travelling.

  Class 1 permit
Special Purpose Vehicle,
Oversize Overmass
Class 2 permit
Road Train,
Performance-Based Standards,
Controlled Access Bus
Class 3 permit
Tow truck,
Commodity Scheme permits (MIMS & MEMS),
Mining Trailers
Higher Mass Limits (HML) permit
Journeys across borders
The NHVR will process all applications if your journey is across borders.
Journeys within Qld
Journeys within NSW
Journeys within Vic
Journeys within SA
Journeys within ACT
Journeys within Tas

Permit application costs

Application fees are outlined in the NHVR fee schedule

Please note: The fee payable is an application fee due at the time of lodgement of your application. The application fee can be paid online via debit card or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express). If applying by post or fax the application fee can be paid via credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) or cheque.

As the fee is in relation to the application, the fee may be retained by the NHVR even if the application is ultimately deemed ineligible for a permit. A permit cannot be issued without full payment of the required fees.

Useful documents

Apply for a permit

Before applying, the following links may assist you to plan your journey and identify any specific requirements