National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice

The NHVR has drafted a National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice that introduces a modernised and simplified set of national standards based on research conducted by Austroads.

The notice was developed in partnership with industry and state and territory road transport authorities in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

The notice will work in conjunction with an operator’s guide and map that outline operating conditions that are not prescribed or specified in the notice.

Resources

Please note: The notice, operator's guide and map are all draft documents currently out for consent with road managers. Operation of agricultural vehicles and combinations under the notice can only commence once the road manager consent period has finished and the notice has been published under a Commonwealth Gazette.

Benefits of a new national notice

A National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice will replace access arrangements under existing legal instruments, harmonise mass and dimension limits and operating conditions, and reduce duplication and inconsistencies across state and territory borders.

The notice introduces vehicle standards and operating conditions to improve road safety. This includes conditions relating to maximum operating speed, setting a maximum mass and dimension limit, vehicle standards that meet the Australian Design Rules, warning signs and lights, and pilot and escort requirements.

The improvement of the regulatory environment governing agricultural vehicle and combination operation on public roads will improve the productivity of Australia’s farming industry, provide increased support for drought-affected communities, and improve road safety and infrastructure protection.

Special information for Victoria

In Victoria, all access arrangements under the national notice will remain the same as the existing Victoria Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle Exemption Notice 2018 (No.3), except for Zone 2, where vehicle widths under the national notice will increase from 3.5m to 3.7m. Road managers in Victoria in Zones 1, 3 and 4 will not be affected by the national notice. 

All previous conditions of access provided by Victorian road managers have been transitioned into the national notice and are located in the draft operator's guide and map.

Access transition period

From the date of commencement of the national notice under Commonwealth Gazette, there will be a transition period where agricultural vehicles and combinations may operate under the new national notice or the current agricultural vehicle notices.

Operators must only operate under the national notice or the current agricultural vehicle notices for the entire journey. No ‘mix-and-match’ of provisions, exemptions, conditions or approved areas and routes will be allowed between the new national notice and the current agricultural vehicle notices.

The transition period is in effect until all current agricultural vehicle notices have been revoked at the earlier of their expiry or 1 year from the commencement of the national notice.

Current agricultural vehicle notices

There are currently five states that provide notices authorising the use of agricultural vehicles and combinations.

State Notice
NSW

New South Wales Class 1 Agricultural Machine Combination Exemption Notice 2017 (No.1) (PDF, 567KB)

Provides mass exemptions for combinations consisting of an agricultural machine and trailer used for transporting primary produce, subject to conditions relating to speed limits, braking and conspicuity.


New South Wales Class 1 agricultural vehicles (notice) 2015 (no. 1) (PDF, 1.8MB)

Exempts class 1 agricultural vehicles from certain mass and dimension requirements.

Please note the following amendments to this notice:


New South Wales Class 1 heavy vehicle combine harvester combination exemption notice 2015 (no. 1) (PDF, 700KB)

Exempts combine harvester combinations from certain dimension limits.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:


New South Wales Class 1 heavy vehicle grain auger combination exemption notice 2015 (no. 1) (748KB)

Exempts grain auger combinations from certain dimension limits.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

Qld

Guideline for excess dimension agricultural vehicles and agricultural combinations, Form 14, Version 4 (updated October 2013) (PDF, 303 KB)

Dimension exemption for class 1 agricultural vehicles.

Please note the following amendment to this notice:


Queensland Agricultural Machines and Cane Bins Flotation Tyres Mass Exemption Notice 2017 (No. 1) (PDF, 1.2MB)

Allows agricultural machines and cane bin trailers fitted with flotation tyres to operate on roads in certain circumstances and within certain parameters. This notice must be carried.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:


Queensland Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle (Coastal Zone 1) Dimension Exemption Notice 2016 (No. 1) (PDF, 922KB)

Exempts certain categories of class 1 heavy vehicles from prescribed dimension requirements under certain conditions.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

Please note the following amendment to this notice:


Queensland Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle (Northern Coastal Zone 1) - Dimension Exemption Notice 2016 (No. 1) (PDF, 735KB)

Exempts certain categories of class 1 heavy vehicles operating on minor and major roads in the Northern Coastal Zone from prescribed dimension requirements under certain conditions.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:


Queensland Class 1 Comb Trailer Dimension Exemption Notice 2017 (No. 1) (PDF, 742KB)

Exempts comb trailers from stated prescribed dimension requirements in Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation. This notice must be carried.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:


Queensland Class 1 Cotton Harvest Derestriction Notice 2017 (No. 1) (PDF, 1.1MB)

Exempts the movement of, or transportation of, eligible cotton harvesters and agricultural equipment in association with cotton harvesting in Queensland from certain travel restrictions in place over the Easter period.


Queensland Class 1 Heavy Vehicles (Cotton Harvester) Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2017 (No.1) (PDF, 1.1MB)

Exempts specified cotton harvesters from stated prescribed mass and dimension requirements in the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation. This notice must be carried.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:


Queensland Heavy Vehicle Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle (Bundaberg Region 5.0m wide) Dimension Exemption Notice 2017 (No. 1) (PDF, 695KB)

Exempts certain class 1 heavy vehicles operating on local government roads in the Bundaberg region from prescribed dimension requirements specified in the notice.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

SA

South Australia Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 667KB)

Provides access for tractors used for agricultural purposes, agricultural machines, agricultural machines towing agricultural implements and agricultural combinations which exceed regulation dimensions to travel on roads in South Australia subject to the conditions specified in this notice.

Please note the following supporting documents for this notice:


South Australia Class 1 Rubber Tracked Tractor Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 684KB)

Exempts rubber tracked tractors used for agricultural purposes from certain mass and dimension exemptions under the Heavy Vehicle National Law and allows access to roads in South Australia subject to the conditions specified in the notice.

Tas

Tasmania Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle Dimension Exemption Notice 2016 (No.1) (PDF, 673KB)

Exempts agricultural vehicles operating in Tasmania from the stated dimension requirements in Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

Vic

Victoria Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle Exemption Notice 2018 (No.3) (PDF, 777KB)

This notice exempts certain agricultural vehicles from mass and dimension requirements.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice: