Performance Based Standards vehicle access permit

Do I need a Performance Based Standards Permit?

A Performance Based Standards (PBS) permit is required for travel on or off the PBS network for that level of vehicle, unless it complies with the mass, dimension or operating requirements set out in a gazette notice. The NHVR Route Planner indicates the different levels of access to the PBS network. The NHVR processes ALL PBS permit applications except for travel within the Northern Territory and Western Australia. For these jurisdictions, apply directly to the relevant state or territory road transport authority.

You can apply for a PBS access permit through the NHVR Portal.

Operators must hold a PBS Vehicle Approval before the NHVR can commence the process for seeking access for the PBS vehicle. For operators that have a PBS Design Approval, you can submit a PBS permit application to obtain a PBS Final Approval and an access permit at the same time. Please Note: Prior to the introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law the PBS Vehicle Approval was known as a PBS Final Approval. The PBS Final Approval is a valid PBS Vehicle Approval under the new laws. For more information please view the Performance-Based Standards page.

Information sheets

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.

Please note a range of national, state and transitional notices expired on 9 February 2019. New notices can be found on the national notices and state notices pages.

Gazette notices - Performance Based Standards access

State Notice
ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 2 PBS Level 1 & 2a Truck and Dog Trailer Authorisation Notice 2021 (No.1)PDF, 704KB

Authorises the use of 3 and 4 axle trucks towing 3-, 4- or 5-axle dog trailer PBS combinations on gazetted networks

Please note the following supporting documents for this notice:


National Class 2 Performance Based Standards (Tier 1) Authorisation Notice 2021

Provides eligible Tier 1 Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles with immediate access to relevant PBS networks across Australia to operate on approved networks without the need of a permit as soon as a Vehicle Approval is issued, although this may be at a restricted mass.


New South Wales Class 2 Safety, Productivity & Environment Construction Transport Authorisation Notice 2016 (No. 1) (PDF, 660KB)

Authorises the use of stated categories of class 2 heavy vehicles that are Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles on the New South Wales SPECT Scheme Network, subject to specified conditions.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice

Full information on the Scheme can be found on the NSW Roads and Maritime Service website at


Queensland Class 2 Performance Based Standards A-Double (Toowoomba to Port of Brisbane) Authorisation Notice 2018 (No.1)

Authorises Performance Based Standards (PBS) A-doubles to access a special PBS network running from Toowoomba to Port of Brisbane up to a Gross Combination Mass of 85 tonnes.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

Online application

NHVR Portal

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.