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There are a number of groups involved in the development and regulation of transporting dangerous goods legislation

Australian Dangerous Goods Code: stakeholder groups

The role of the National Transport Commission

The NTC produces model legislation which is copied or referenced by states and territories to produce operational law. The NTC produced the 7th edition of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code and the supporting Act and Regulations, advised by a representative group of industry and government authorities.

The role of the Competent Authorities for Road and Rail Transport

The competent authority in each state or territory is responsible for the enforcement of the dangerous goods legislation and the Australian Dangerous Goods Code.

For all queries on licensing, classification, and day-to-day operational issues relating to the transportation of hazardous substances contact the Competent Authority in your state or territory.

All competent authorities are members of the Competent Authorities Panel.

The role of the Competent Authorities Panel

The Competent Authorities Panel (CAP) is responsible for issuing approvals and variations to the existing regulations. It is responsible for ensuring mutual recognition of decisions taken across jurisdictions. Applications to the CAP need to be submitted to your local Competent Authority. The CAP operates under rules approved by transport ministers. 

The role of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development represents Australia at the United Nations and attends twice yearly meetings of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. It provides an Australian point of view on proposed changes to the UN Model Regulations for the Transport of Dangerous Goods. It also provides secretariat support to the CAP, and policy advice on the transport of dangerous goods.

The role of the Transporting Dangerous Goods Maintenance Advisory Group

The Transport of Dangerous Goods Maintenance Advisory Group consists of the NTC, the competent authority in each state and territory for the transport of dangerous goods, the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, and industry representatives.

The Group advises the NTC on requests for changes to the Australian Dangerous Goods Code or the model laws that support the Code.

Last Updated: 24/1/2017