The NHVR uses Approved Vehicle Examiners (AVEs) to certify and approve certain modifications to heavy vehicles under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
The NHVR uses jurisdictional AVE schemes. This means that an AVE approved in a scheme within a jurisdiction is an AVE of the NHVR. AVEs must comply with the administrative and business rules of the scheme in which they are approved. If they are approved for more than one scheme they must comply with the scheme in which they are performing the function (e.g. if undertaking an approval in Victoria the administrative and business rules of the Vehicle Assessment Signatory Scheme would be applicable). An approval by an AVE is an approval under the HVNL.
The applicable jurisdiction scheme determines the various classes of AVEs. AVEs must comply with the business rules applicable to their class within that jurisdiction’s AVE scheme. As jurisdictional schemes include AVEs for both light and heavy vehicles, only those AVEs that have approval for heavy vehicle modification codes can approve heavy vehicle modifications .
The HVNL does not specify qualifications for mechanics undertaking service or repair of heavy vehicles, but sets the standards that heavy vehicles must meet. The qualifications of service providers who service or repair of heavy vehicles are currently the responsibility of the various state-based legislative authorities that administer the vehicle service and repair industry, including specific licensing arrangements.
See heavy vehicle modifications for the type of modifications that require approval by an AVE or the NHVR.
Contact details for AVEs in each jurisdiction are provided below.
AVE contact details
Australian Capital Territory
Certification of heavy vehicle modifications in the ACT under s86 and s87, are being undertaken by Departmental Officers who are appointed as Authorised Vehicle Examiners for the purposes of the HVNL. Any persons wishing to modify an ACT registered heavy vehicle under s86 of the HVNL are to contact the ACT Road Transport Authority, Access Canberra - Community, Business and Transport Regulation, Vehicle Safety Standards. If modifying a vehicle under s87 contact the NHVR.
Further information on approval or certification of heavy vehicle modifications in the ACT can be obtained from:
ACT Road Transport Authority
Vehicle Inspection Technical Unit (VITU)
29 Couranga Crescent HUME ACT 2620
Phone: (02) 6207 7236
New South Wales
The NSW Vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Scheme (VSCCS) is in place for the approval of modified vehicles by Approved Vehicle Examiners (Licensed Certifier). Further information on Approved Vehicle Examiners and the VSCCS can be obtained in VSCCS Bulletin 1 Rev. 110 (PDF, 224KB)
Section 87 Approved Vehicle Examiner: RMS Senior Vehicle Engineer - firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 302 402.
The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads does not publish lists of Approved Vehicle Examiners (Approved Persons) accredited in Queensland.
Information on Approved Vehicle Examiners accredited to approve heavy vehicle modifications can be obtained from the Department of Transport and Main Roads at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/About-us/Contact-us
In South Australia Approved Vehicle Examiners (Recognised Engineering Signatory) are recognised by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure as competent to direct and certify modifications to heavy vehicles. Further information on Approved Vehicle Examiners and the SA Recognised Engineering Signatory scheme can be obtained at www.sa.gov.au/topics/driving-and-transport/heavy-vehicles/operating-a-heavy-vehicle/modifications-to-heavy-vehicles
In Tasmania Approved Vehicle Examiners are known as Approved Vehicle Certifiers (AVC). An AVC is a nominated employee of an approved service provider who has been authorised by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to personally certify vehicle modifications within a specific range. Further information on AVC’s and the AVC scheme can be obtained at www.transport.tas.gov.au/vehicles/vehicle_inspections
The VicRoads Vehicle Assessment Signatory Scheme (VASS) recognises Approved Vehicle Examiners (VASS signatory) to approve modifications to heavy vehicles. Further information on Approved Vehicle Examiners and the VicRoads VASS can be obtained at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/registration/vehicle-modifications-and-defects/vehicle-modifications/vass-approval-certificate
Although the Northern Territory has not commenced the HVNL, the NHVR has worked with the NT so that modifications to heavy vehicles are mutually recognised. The Northern Territory Engineering Signatory Scheme certify modifications to heavy vehicles. Further information on the NT Engineering Signatory Scheme can be obtained at www.transport.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/19632/ibv79.pdf
Although Western Australia has not commenced the HVNL, the NHVR has worked with WA so that modifications to heavy vehicles are mutually recognised.
If you wish to modify a heavy in WA, further information can be obtained by phone on 13 11 56 or at www.transport.wa.gov.au/licensing/modify-a-heavy-vehicle.asp