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The National Transport Commission (NTC) today released the latest version of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code, with updates to better meet community and industry needs, and align with international best-practice.

New edition of dangerous goods code released

18 December 2015

The National Transport Commission (NTC) today released the latest version of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code, with updates to better meet community and industry needs, and align with international best-practice.

CEO of the NTC Paul Retter said edition 7.4 of the code would continue to help prevent damage to people, property and the environment from the unsafe transport of dangerous goods by road or rail.

“The latest edition should cut red tape for importers and exporters because the code is now more consistent with air and sea requirements for dangerous goods transport, and is also more in line with overseas requirements,” Mr Retter said.

“It is very important that people reading the code also read the dangerous goods legislation in their jurisdiction.”

The update includes changes specific to Australia and also better reflects the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods – Model Regulations (18th edition).

Amendments include:

• adding new materials to the list of dangerous goods
• changes to packing and labelling requirements
• changes to lithium battery transport requirements
• preventing drivers on provisional or learner licences from holding dangerous goods licences, and
• new emergency response codes (HAZCHEM) for ammonium nitrate substances.

Mr Retter said the latest update reflected the NTC’s commitment to review the code every two years to meet evolving user needs and increasingly align with the latest UN regulations.

People transporting dangerous goods can use either edition 7.3 or 7.4 of the code up until 1 January 2017 and from then on they must use edition 7.4.

More information is available online here, including a copy of edition 7.3 with the changes marked on it so they are easy to find.

In addition to releasing edition 7.4, the NTC is working on improvements to transporting limited quantities of dangerous goods. More information about this review is available here.

Last Updated: 18/11/2016