About the NHVAS

The National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) was first offered to industry in 1999 as an alternative compliance scheme, administered by state and territory road transport authorities. It has since evolved as a national formal process for recognising operators who have robust safety management systems in place. It is also increasingly being used to show compliance with general duty requirements under road transport law.

Heavy vehicle operators can apply for accreditation under the following NHVAS modules:

  • Mass Management
  • Maintenance Management
  • Fatigue Management (Basic or Advanced)

The NHVAS is managed on a national basis by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). We are the administrators and single point of contact for all NHVAS business including all enquiries, application assessments and granting/maintaining accreditation.

Joining the NHVAS

The NHVR Portal is used for all NHVAS transactions including submitting an application to join the scheme or maintaining vehicle/driver records.

We recommend that you download and read the relevant guide for the accreditation modules you are interested in before submitting an application.

An application is not complete unless all documents and payment are submitted to the NHVR via the Portal.

The Portal has step by step instruction to successful submit an application. Applications to join the scheme can only be submitted by a company director or the individual that will hold the accreditation.

The Portal will automatically calculate the relevant NHVAS fees.

When you lodge an application it will be submitted to the relevant team for processing, the majority of applications will be completed in under 14 days. However, for more complex application types such as Advanced Fatigue Management applications, it may take longer due to the complexity of the application and comprehensive review and assessment that must be completed.

NHVAS Accreditation Team

Our dedicated NHVR Accreditation Team is available to help with the development of applications and to answer questions about the status of applications. Contact us for more information.

Temporary changes to driver medical and face-to-face audit requirements

The NHVR is re-implementing the temporary changes to National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) driver medical and face-to-face audit requirements support industry with the current restrictions imposed due to the recent lockdowns across most states and territories.

These changes are effective as of 13 August 2021, expiring on 31 January 2022.

Changes to driver medical requirements

Heavy vehicle drivers operating under Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) or Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) modules may continue to drive with an expired driver medical that expired on or after 31 July 2021, until they can practicably obtain a new driver medical.

  • It continues to remain the responsibility of all NHVAS accredited operators to ensure drivers under AFM or BFM are fit for duty, including the need to undertake related risk assessments and have in place suitable risk controls.
  • Accredited operators must also ensure their Register of Drivers is kept up to date, noting any expired medicals to be obtained as soon as reasonably practicable.

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Changes to auditing requirements

Auditors can undertake audits remotely by validating documents and records in electronic form or otherwise and conducting conversations over the phone or in another form where applicable.

This change has been approved on the basis that suitable controls are used to ensure that the auditor’s conclusion can be substantiated with reliable and credible evidence. You must still:

  • Ensure policies, procedures and records are made available for analysis.
  • Ensure parties are available for interview where necessary.
  • Follow the normal process for audits to be approved as outlined in the NHVAS Audit Framework.

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