The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has undertaken a Review of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) as part of the National Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness Program, a joint initiative with the National Transport Commission (NTC).
As a result, the auditing provisions of the NHVAS Business Rules and Standards (PDF, 428KB) was changed on 1 March 2015. The changes standardise the way audits are conducted, strengthen the quality of audits, ensure more effective safety requirements for heavy vehicles and enhance the standing of auditors.
Auditing is a key way to ensure operators comply with the management of their maintenance systems to ensure their heavy vehicles comply with the law.
A transitional period to 1 July 2016 will apply for existing auditors to meet the new criteria for registration with the NHVR. By 1 July 2016 all auditors will need to meet the new NHVR registration criteria. This will allow existing auditors to transition and assist accredited operators to prepare for the changes to the NHVAS.
Changes that took effect from 1 March 2015
The changes affect the way in which NHVAS auditors are recognised and audits are conducted.
- Those who wish to become an auditor need to seek registration with the NHVR.
- To become registered, auditors need to meet a number of criteria in addition to being certified as a lead auditor.
- Provisions aimed at reducing the potential for conflicts of interest were added. For example, if an operator’s choice of auditor appears to be inappropriate, the NHVR may stipulate a list of alternative auditors the operator must choose from.
For more information read the NHVAS Auditor Registration Information sheet (PDF, 224KB).