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We periodically review the Australian Dangerous Goods Code to ensure it remains current and effective.

Australian Dangerous Goods Code maintenance

  • Scoping > 
  • Analysing issues > 
  • Analysing options > 
  • Implementing


The NTC reviews the Australian Dangerous Goods Code every two years to help it meet international best-practice and evolving user needs in Australia.

As part of this ongoing process, we are reviewing the rules around transporting limited quantities of dangerous goods.

Please note: You can get a copy of the current code – edition 7.5 – by visiting Heavy vehicles > Safety > Australian Dangerous Goods Code.

Next steps

The NTC has started scoping issues for the next amendment package. The next package will include the twentieth edition of the UN Model Regulations for the transport of dangerous goods.

The NTC is accepting Australian specific issues for consideration. Please contact the Project Manager listed below for more details.

All issues are considered by the maintenance advisory group for the transportation of dangerous goods prior to public consultation. 

We are planning to provide the final amendment package to transport ministers at the May 2018 meeting of the Transport and Infrastructure Council. Policy changes to the code will follow that, pending ministers’ approval.


The Australian Dangerous Goods Code sets out the technical requirements for transporting dangerous goods by road or rail.

The code is given legal force in each Australian state and territory by each jurisdiction’s dangerous goods transport laws.

The NTC has ongoing responsibility for the maintaining the code. You can read more about it and get a copy online here

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Project Manager Robert Chamberlain
Last Updated: 4/7/2017