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

Australian Dangerous Goods Code

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

It is important that everyone involved in transporting dangerous goods understands their responsibilities to help prevent and/or reduce damage to people, property and the environment.

The code is given legal force in each Australian state and territory by each jurisdiction’s dangerous goods transport laws. It is important that the code is read in conjunction with these laws because they provide important information, including supply chain member duties, licence requirements and competent authority panel powers.

Get a copy of the Code

The Australian Dangerous Goods Code is updated every two years, with a one year transition period for each edition. To comply with the legislation you must follow one of the applicable editions listed in the table below. Download your copy by clicking on the relevant edition number in the table.

 Applicable edition of the Code by date

Edition  7.3

Edition  7.4

Edition  7.5

 Until 31 December 2016




 From 1 January to 28 February 2017




 From 1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018




 From 1 March 2018




You can order a printed copy of edition 7.5 from Fineline Print and Copy Service.

Class Labels

Packing labels for dangerous goods based on UN Model Regulations are available to download below. Please refer to the Australian Dangerous Goods Code to clarify how labels should be applied and where they should be displayed.

Please also note:

  • The names of the individual label files match the label ‘Model Numbers’ in the Australian Dangerous Goods Code.
  • The labels are fully scalable Windows Metafiles that can be inserted into Word documents in the same fashion as other images.
  • The quality of label produced will depend on your printer. On some printers, the text may not properly align in the label.
  • The class labels were drawn to the largest size that will fit on an A4 page. When scaled to 100 per cent, they will produce a label with sides measuring approximately 147 mm, which fits no particular code requirement.
  • To get a 100 mm square label, they need to be scaled to 68 per cent.
  • For a 250 mm placard, scale to 170 per cent.
el_temp mark enviro mark Model No 1 Model No 1.4 Model No 1.5
Model No 1.6  Model No 2.1 Model No 2.1a Model No 2.1s  Model No 2.2
Model No 2.2a Model No 2.3 Model No 2.5z Model No 3 Model No 3a
Model No 4.1 Model No 4.2 Model No 4.3 Model No 4.3a
Model No 5.1s
Model No 5.1z   Model No 5.2A  Model No 5.2B  Model No 5.2Ba  Model No 6.1 
Model No 6.2 Model No 7A  Model No 7B Model No 7C Model No 7D  
Model No 7E  Model No 8 Model No 9  Model No 10 orientation arrows 1
orientation arrows 2 Asphyxiant Warning Label Fumigation Sign Limited Quantity - Air Limited Quantity - Road and Rail
Lithium battery mark (PDF) Model number 9a (PDF)      

Updating the Code

The Australian Dangerous Goods Code is part of an ongoing strategy to align domestic land transport requirements with international requirements for the safe transport of dangerous goods. As such, the NTC reviews it every two years to help meet international best practice and evolving user needs in Australia.

Amendments to edition 7.5 of the code reflect the 19th edition of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and changes specific to the Australian environment.

Take a look at what has changed

To understand what has changed from editions 7.4 and 7.5, please refer to the 'Introduction' within Edition 7.5 of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (page xxvii).

You can also look at the comparison between 7.4 and 7.5 by viewing the Australian Dangerous Goods Code - Comparison of 7.4 and 7.5 (Dec 2016).

Corrections are made to the Code

At times minor corrections are made to the Code. Please review the changes in the document below - Australian Dangerous Goods Code Edition 7.4 - Outline of corrections - Dec 2016.

For more information

If you require technical advice please contact the regulator in your State or Territory.

For information on transporting dangerous goods by air please contact the Civil Aviation Safety Authority on 131 757.

For information on transporting dangerous goods by sea please contact the Australian Maritime Safety Authority on (02) 6279 5000.

For enquiries relating to the national dangerous goods transport legislative maintenance process and the national model laws, please email enquiries@ntc.gov.au



Last Updated: 9/1/2017