Oversize Overmass permit

Do I need an Oversize Overmass Permit?

You may need to apply for a class 1 Oversize Overmass (OSOM) permit if your OSOM combination does not comply with a mass, dimension or operating requirements set out in a gazette notice.

To apply for an Oversize Overmass permit:

Note: Operators should check that their vehicle complies with the schedules and conditions in the relevant gazette notice as the permit relevant to this application will reference these same conditions.

Gazette notices, permits, and in some cases other laws outside of the Heavy Vehicle National Law, sometimes require third parties and other entities to be contacted and/or consulted to provide permission for travel.

Pilots and escorts

State and territory road transport authorities regulate all aspects of piloting/escorting, including who may operate as a pilot/escort vehicle driver and when they are required to accompany a load, except for Victoria.

Queensland

Temporary arrangements to Queensland heavy vehicle escort requirements

The NHVR has put in place temporary variations to some heavy vehicle escort requirements while Queensland Police Service (QPS) resources are redirected to coronavirus activities. 

From 1 April 2020, Operators of Class 1 Oversize and Overmass (OSOM) loads, not exceeding 5.5 metres in width and 35 metres in length, may use the following temporary escorting arrangements:

  Existing arrangements Variation arrangements
No traffic control required One QPS escort and two level two escorts Two level two escorts and two level one pilots
Some traffic control required One QPS escort and two level two escorts Four level two escorts

Loads exceeding 5.5 metres in width and 35 metres in length will continue to require QPS escorts. Please note that QPS availability to escort will be limited.

Operators are not required to update their permit to use the temporary arrangements, however they must keep a copy of the COVID-19 Letter of Authority - Approved temporary variation to escorting arrangements (PDF, 683KB) with their valid permit.

The temporary variation is not valid for wide loads travelling in convoy, any overheight movement, or wide load movements involving contra-traffic flows, reverse direction of travel, traffic control and other manoeuvres contrary to Queensland road rules. 

For more information read the COVID-19 QPS Temporary variation to escorting arrangements info sheet (PDF, 593KB)

Victoria escort services

In Victoria only, the NHVR provides escort services to the over-dimensional transport industry (all other aspects of piloting/escorting remain with VicRoads).

NHVR Safety and Compliance Officers in Victoria:

  • provide escorts for vehicles carrying very large items
  • conduct compliance check against permits.

Charges

The charge-out rate for these services is $227 per hour (including GST), with a minimum charge of two hours for weekdays and three hours for weekends and public holidays. These rates and conditions are consistent with those previously applied by VicRoads.

Charging starts from the time of the booking to attend at the pick-up point of the escort until completion of the service. The charge-out rate is the reasonable cost of providing the service and will be reviewed annually.

Cancellation fee

A cancellation fee applies for notice of cancellation received less than 24 hours prior to the service. Minimum charges of two hours on weekdays and three hours on weekends and public holidays will be applied.

Booking a vehicle escort

Before you book an escort service, ensure you have a permit for the journey as bookings cannot be done without a permit. Please also ensure invoices for previous bookings have been paid by the due date.

Please email HVescorts@nhvr.gov.au or call 0417 091 454.

Resources

Gazette notices - Oversize Overmass access

State Notice
ACT, NSW, Qld SA, Vic

Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Dimension Exemption Notice 2016 (No. 1) (PDF 1.2MB) - Authorises the use of class 1 load carrying vehicles that are up to 5.0m wide, 30m long and 5.0m high (state dependant).

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

Please note the following amendments to this notice:

NSW, Qld SA, Vic

Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Mass Exemption Notice 2016 (No. 1) (PDF, 1.3MB) - Authorises the use of class 1 load carrying vehicles that are up to 100t (state dependant).

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

Please note the following amendment to this notice:

NSW

New South Wales Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicle Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 719KB)

Exempts certain vehicles from the mass and dimension requirements prescribed in Schedule 1 and Schedule 6 to the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation (the Regulation), subject to certain conditions.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

Tas Tasmania Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2017 (No. 1) (PDF, 186KB) - Exempts categories of laden Class 1 load carrying vehicles from the stated prescribed mass and dimension requirements in Schedule 1 and Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation. Please note the following supporting documents for this notice: Information Sheet - Tasmania Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice (PDF, 120KB) and the Tasmanian Class One Load Carrying Vehicle Guide V4 May 2017 (PDF, 1.81MB)

Online application

Post or fax application

Please note: If you apply through post or fax, all correspondence relating to that application will be done through the same channel.

Note: Please right-click on a form and save it to your computer, rather than opening it up directly in your web browser. The form can then be opened locally and saved.