COVID-19 border restrictions

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

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.

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

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.

The NHVR processes ALL Oversize Overmass permit applications for travel within and between the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria through the NHVR Portal.

For travel within the Northern Territory and Western Australia you need to apply directly to the relevant state or territory road transport authority.

Please note that VicRoads has updated pilot requirements in Victoria. For more information read the Guide for pilot requirements in Victoria information sheet (PDF, 221KB).

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.

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 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:

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:

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.