Heavy Vehicle National Law review


We are going back to basics to review the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). Rather than looking at the current law as a starting point, we want to identify and test existing assumptions to develop the best options.

Get involved

We have a website dedicated to the HVNL review. It contains information about what we are doing to review and improve the law and how you can get involved. Your input will be used to inform and shape policy options for consideration by ministers. 

For the latest information, focus areas, key dates or to have your say, visit the Heavy Vehicle National Law Review website.

About the review

Our aim is to deliver a performance-based and outcomes-focused regulation that will:

  • improve safety for all road users
  • support increased economic productivity and innovation
  • simplify administration and enforcement of the law
  • support the use of new technologies and methods of operation
  • provide flexible, outcome-focused compliance options.

The first phase of this program focused on issues identification. We released seven issues papers across 2019:

  1. Risk-based heavy vehicle regulation (March ) – Consultation closed
  2. Effective fatigue management (May) – Consultation closed
  3. Easy access to suitable routes (June) – Consultation closed
  4. Safe vehicles (July) – Consultation closed
  5. Safe people and safe practices  (June) – Consultation closed
  6. Assurance models (July) – Consultation closed
  7. Effective enforcement (September) – Consultation closed

The next phase of work is about developing and analysing policy options for the future HVNL.

We are progressively adding to a summary of outcomes on what we have heard from consultation. The purpose is to share what we have heard, including major points of agreement and disagreement.

We are also developing and collating suggested policy options on the HVNL review site. These suggested policy options will inform the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) to be released in early 2020.

We want to continue hearing from you to ensure we have a comprehensive set of suggested policy options to inform this Consultation RIS.