Dangerous goods vehicle licensing

A vehicle being used to transport dangerous goods by road must be licensed under a current and valid dangerous goods vehicle licence in addition to being registered for use on public roads if:

  • one or more of the receptacles being used to contain the dangerous goods has a capacity of more than 500L or 500kg; and,
  • the exception for the use of intermediate bulk containers does not apply.

An intermediate bulk container (IBC) is rigid or flexible portable packaging for the transport of dangerous goods, which is designed for mechanical handling and:

The exception for the use of IBCs allows up to 3,000L of dangerous goods to be transported on the vehicle using IBCs without the need for the vehicle to be licensed under a dangerous goods vehicle licence, provided that the IBCs are not filled or emptied whilst on the vehicle.

ACT dangerous goods vehicle licences are only issued in relation to vehicles for which the owner has already obtained a current and valid ACT vehicle registration. However, the Regulation does allow for recognition of a current and valid dangerous goods vehicle licence issued from another State or Territory for the purpose of transporting dangerous goods by road in the ACT.

Exempted vehicles

The dangerous goods vehicle licensing requirements do not apply to a prime mover, being a road vehicle which is designed to tow a trailer carrying a load and which has no load carrying capacity when a trailer is not attached.

The dangerous goods vehicle licensing requirements do not apply to a converter dolly, being a trailer which has one axle group or single axle, and a fifth wheel coupling, and which is designed to convert a semi-trailer into a dog trailer.

A dangerous goods vehicle licence is not required if the vehicle will be used solely for the transport of infectious, toxic and/or radioactive clinical waste under the Clinical Waste Act 1990, provided that the waste transporter holds a current and valid licence under that Act and a current and valid permit for use of the vehicle to transport waste under that Act.

A dangerous goods vehicle licence does not allow use of the vehicle to transport explosives, including fireworks. The Dangerous Substances (Explosives) Regulation 2004 sets out requirements for the transport of explosives in the ACT, including the requirement to hold an ACT explosives carrying licence or an interstate explosives carrying authority.

Eligibility

The vehicle must be registered in the ACT under the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act 1999, and the registration number must be provided.

The vehicle must also comply with the requirements of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code which apply to the type of dangerous goods which will be transported using the vehicle.

You may apply for a dangerous goods vehicle licence as an owner-operator of the vehicle or as a prime contractor who has entered into an agreement with the vehicle owner which allows you to use the vehicle to transport dangerous goods by road, but you must be able to make the vehicle available for inspection at a location in the ACT upon request.

In addition, we cannot grant you an ACT dangerous goods vehicle licence if you are subject to a court order which prohibits your involvement in the transport of dangerous goods by road.

If you already hold a current and valid dangerous goods vehicle licence issued from another State or Territory for the vehicle, you will be required to surrender that licence if you wish to apply for an ACT dangerous goods vehicle licence.

The Regulation does not allow you to transport dangerous goods by road in the ACT using the vehicle whilst your application for the ACT dangerous goods vehicle licence is being assessed.

Recognition of interstate licences

If the vehicle has been licensed under a dangerous goods vehicle licence issued from another State or Territory, it may be used to transport dangerous goods by road in the ACT under that licence, subject to the same conditions, restrictions and limitations that would apply in the State or Territory that the licence was issued from.

If the vehicle owner has moved to the ACT and has registered the vehicle in the ACT, the licensee may continue to use the vehicle to transport dangerous goods by road under the interstate licence, provided that it remains current and valid in the State or Territory that the licence was issued from.

Alternatively, the licensee may surrender the interstate licence and apply for the grant of an ACT dangerous goods vehicle licence.

However, the Regulation does not allow the vehicle to be used to transport dangerous goods by road in the ACT whilst the application for the ACT dangerous goods vehicle licence is being assessed.

WorkSafe ACT cannot accept an application to renew a dangerous goods vehicle licence issued from another State or Territory. Enquiries about renewing an interstate licence should be directed to the licensing authority which issued that licence.

Requirements

When you apply for a licence, WorkSafe ACT will assess the:

  • condition and suitability of the vehicle; and,
  • insurance coverage over the vehicle.

The personal information which you include in your application may be provided to other persons and organisations in order for WorkSafe ACT to regulate the transport of dangerous goods by road in the ACT. If your application is successful and you hold the licence as an individual licensee, personal information appearing on your licence will also be published in a public register.

You will need to notify WorkSafe ACT if any change of circumstances after you lodge the application means that the information in your application is no longer current and correct.

Condition and Suitability

You will not be granted an ACT dangerous goods vehicle licence unless the vehicle is in roadworthy condition and is suitable for use in transporting bulk quantities of dangerous goods in line with the Australian Dangerous Goods Code).

You may be asked to provide additional information about the vehicle and the manner in which dangerous goods are to be transported using the vehicle, in order for the vehicle's condition and suitability to be assessed. You may also be asked to make the vehicle available for inspection by an authorised person at a location in the ACT.

If the vehicle is a tank vehicle which will be used to transport dangerous goods in the form of liquid or a gas, the vehicle must comply with Chapter 4.4 and Chapter 6.9 of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code, including that the:

  • tank must comply with Australian Standard AS 2809 and be manufactured to a design approved by an Australian competent authority; and
  • vehicle must be fitted with a compliance plate which contains the particulars required under section 6.9.2.2 of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code.

Insurance

You will not be granted an ACT dangerous goods vehicle licence unless you provide evidence that the vehicle is covered by an insurance policy or other form of indemnity for an amount of not less than $5,000,000 in relation to the events listed in sections 36 and 37 of the Dangerous Goods (Road Transport) Act 2009 (the Act).

Personal information

The Act authorises WorkSafe ACT to collect the personal information required by the Dangerous goods vehicle licence application form (DOC) or (PDF).

WorkSafe ACT may also request personal information about applicants and licence holders from a third party, including regulatory and law enforcement agencies, in line with the Information Privacy Act 2014.

This information is collected for the purpose of allowing WorkSafe ACT to regulate the transport of dangerous goods by road under the Act.

Information held by WorkSafe ACT may be provided to other Australian authorities who regulate the handling of dangerous goods or the driving of vehicles on public roads.

WorkSafe ACT may also provide this information to other persons or organisations who are able to establish that they have legal authority to obtain the information, or as otherwise provided for under the Information Privacy Act 2014.

If your application is successful, certain information about the ACT dangerous goods vehicle licence will be published in a public register, including personal information about you if you hold the licence as an individual licensee.

If you have any concerns about the collection, use or publication of your personal information, you should contact WorkSafe ACT before making your application.

Conditions

WorkSafe ACT may place any conditions on an ACT dangerous goods vehicle licence which are considered necessary for the safe transport of dangerous goods by road using the licensed vehicle(s).

If you are granted an ACT dangerous goods vehicle licence subject to conditions, you may request an internal review of the decision to place conditions on the licence. The approval letter accompanying the licence will explain how you may request an internal review.

Forms and fees

To apply for or renew a licence use the Dangerous goods vehicle licence application form (DOC 323KB) or (PDF 205KB)

For the replacement of a lost, stolen or damaged licence contact WorkSafe ACT.

For current fees go to the Dangerous Substances (Fees) Determination 2020

Public register

A register of dangerous goods vehicle licences issued by the ACT licensing authority must be made readily available for inspection by the corresponding authorities in other jurisdictions and the general public.


Licence No. Issue Date Licence Holder Vehicle Make, Type and Registration No. Dangerous Goods ClassesConditions Expiry Date
DGV001 22/09/2016 Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd International, rigid tanker, YIB75R (ACT) Class 3 only
N/A
21/09/2021
DGV002 22/12/2016 Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd International, rigid tanker, YIC53T (ACT) Class 3 only N/A 22/12/2021
DGV003 22/12/2017 Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd Volvo, rigid tanker, YMN34F Class 3 only N/A 22/12/2022

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