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.

Road train permit

Do I need a road train permit?

A road train permit is required for travel on a road that is not authorised under notice. This includes road train combinations ineligible to operate, and/or on roads not authorised, under an existing notice. The major road train notice is the National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice 2020 (No.1).

The NHVR processes ALL Class 2 road train 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.

When seeking consent from a road manager, the NHVR will request that the road manager consider including the route under the relevant notice.

There are several types of road train permits, as described in the table below.

Road train type New South Wales, Queensland South Australia and Victoria Northern Territory and Western Australia
Complies with mass and dimension requirements Class 2 application Apply directly to the relevant state or territory road transport authority
Does not comply with one or more mass or dimension requirements Class 3 (miscellaneous) permit application.
PBS approved Performance-Based Standards permit application

Note: Describes speed limits applying to road trains, including for the driver and the maximum road speed capability of the road train.

Road Train Speed Limits

Gazette notices - Road train access

State Notice Vehicle type
NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice 2020 (No.2) | PDF, 635KB

Authorises access for Class 2 road trains that meet the requirements of the notice.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

Road Train
NSW, Qld, SA,  Vic

National Class 2 4.6m High Livestock Carrier Authorisation Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 785KB)

Authorises the use of Livestock Carriers from 4.3 to 4.6 metres in height in stated areas or stated routes, during stated hours of stated days and to state the conditions under which these Livestock Carriers may be used.

Livestock Carrier
NSW, SA, Vic

National Class 3 Heavy Vehicle 4.6m High by Construction Semitrailer Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 608KB)

Exempt a stated category of class 3 heavy vehicles from the height limit stated in section 8 of Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation.

4.6m high by construction semitrailer
NSW

New South Wales and Queensland Class 3 4.6m High Loaded Semi-Trailer Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 810KB)

Exempts a stated category of Class 3 heavy vehicles from the height limit stated in section 8 of Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation.

4.6m high loaded semitrailer

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.