Body Worn Cameras

Following a trial in 2019, all NHVR Safety and Compliance Officers (SCOs) will be equipped with Body Worn Cameras (BWCs).

BWCs are individual, portable devices that collect video and audio records of intercepts and other interactions with members of the transport industry. These recordings may be used in future investigations or as evidence in prosecutions.

Why does the NHVR use BWCs?

BWCs serve a number of purposes including:

  • improving the safety of both NHVR officers and members of the transport industry by encouraging safe and mutually respectful interactions
  • assisting with the accurate and impartial collection of video and audio evidence
  • aiding in the timely resolution of disputes and complaints
  • ensuring compliance with evidence management legislative requirements.

When will BWCs be used?

NHVR officers use their BWCs during all intercepts, on-road interactions and interviews with heavy vehicle drivers, operators and persons involved in transport activities.

What happens to the footage?

Footage is retained in a secure digital evidence management system for a set period of time according to evidence management requirements and will be disposed of after the legislated retention period.

Only authorised officers will have access to the footage. All access to BWC footage is monitored, tracked and auditable.

Can footage be edited or deleted by the officer?

To protect the integrity of evidence collected on BWCs, there is no ability to delete footage that has been captured. Recordings will only be deleted when the records retention period has been met.

Footage can only be edited under very specific circumstances, for example when it has been captured in error.

How can I access body worn camera footage?

If you’d like to know anything further about the NHVR’s use of BWCs you can send an email to operational.support@nhvr.gov.au

To request access to information held by the NHVR, including BWC footage, visit our Right to Information page.