Australian Dangerous Goods Code

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The Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road & Rail (ADG 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 reduce damage to people, property and the environment.

Operational advice

For operational advice, please direct questions to the competent authority in your state or territory. As the regulators, only they can authoritatively advise on operational issues such as labelling, packaging, quantities or placarding. Our role is limited to maintaining and updating the Code.

Dangerous goods laws

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

Model laws

The state and territory law are based on the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road or Rail model laws.

Exemptions, determinations and approvals

In very limited circumstances, individual competent authorities and the competent authority panel, can make decisions related to the transporting dangerous goods legislation, including exemptions, determinations, or approvals.

View the list of Competent Authority Panel decisions.

Resources

The NTC provides access to a number of resources to help you comply with the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road & Rail. These resources include the Australian Emergency Response Guide (AERG 2018), a template Concessional Limited Quantities Transport document and Class labels.

Concessional Limited Quantities template

This template is a Generic transport document for carrying concessional limited quantities (CLQ) loads that comply with all requirements of the chapter 3.4.10 of the Code. 

Class labels

Class labels for dangerous goods based on UN Model Regulations are available to download below:


How to use:

  • 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 way 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.
  • When printing the lithium battery mark, ensure the rectangle is 120mm wide and 110mm high (roughly 60% scale).
Australian Emergency Response Guide Book 2018

The Australian Emergency Response Guide may be used as an optional alternative to the Initial Emergency Response Guide (HB:76). Duty holders should decide which guide best suits their specific need

Australian approval

AERG2018 is approved as emergency information satisfying the requirements of the Australian Code for the transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (ADG Code) and associated legislation. Approval number V19-03 was issued by Worksafe Victoria and the approval was given national effect by the Competent Authorities Panel decision number CA2019/120.

Reproduction and resale

AERG2018 is available free of charge on the NTC website. It may be reproduced without further permission only if the copy accurately reproduces the entire content (text, format and colouration) of this document without modification. Modified copies are not approved emergency information satisfying obligations of the ADG code and associated legislation.

Purchase a hard copy

You can purchase hard copies of the Australian Emergency Response Guide (AERG) online

  • Available in a convenient A5 size to carry in your vehicle cab
  • Payments can be made online with either a VISA or MasterCard. For alternate payment options or any other questions regarding the hard copy, please call Canprint Information Services directly on 1300 889 873 or email sales@infoservices.com.au

For more information

For 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 +61 (2) 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.