SLGAAP Phase 2 (Round 2)

Project Overview

Nominations for the SLGAAP Phase 2 (Round 2) closed on 22 June 2022 and approximately 500 assets across 64 councils were nominated for assessment.

After a dedicated prioritisation process, the NHVR’s Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP) team are pleased to announce that 125 critical assets across 33 councils commenced assessment in April 2023 by engineering consultants in Phase 2 - Round 2. The commencement of the Phase 2 - Round 2 was announced in an official media release in Tasmania on 11 April 2023. Assets marked with an *asterisk will be assessed as under R3.

See Asset Nomination or the Knowledge Hub for FAQs for more information.

The list of local government assets and councils involved in Phase 2 - Round 2 are below:

State Council name Road name Asset name Structure type
NSW Bathurst Regional Council Rockley Road Rockley Road Bridge Bridge
Hill End Road Hill End Road Bells Creek Bridge Bridge
Bald Ridge Road Bald Ridge Road Grove Creek Bridge Bridge
Turondale Road Millah Murrah Bridge Bridge
Curragh Road Curragh Road Copperhannia Creek Bridge Bridge
Curragh Road Curragh Road Johnsons Creek Bridge Bridge
Curragh Road Curragh Road Third Creek Bridge Bridge
Lachlan Road Dunn's Plains Bridge Bridge
Campbelltown City Council Ben Lomond Road Ben Lomond Road Bridge (Over Railway) Bridge
Gilchrist Drive Gilchrist Drive Bridge Over Railway (Northbound) Bridge
Gilchrist Drive Gilchrist Drive Road Bridge Over Railway (Southbound) Bridge
Coffs Harbour City Council Hogbin Drive Fred Hansen Bridge Bridge
Hogbin Drive Harry Jensen Bridge Bridge
Orara Way Mortons Bridge Culvert
Coramba Road Orange Trees Culvert Culvert
Gale Street Star Creek Culvert Culvert
Gunnedah Shire Council Rangari Road Neil Carter Bridge Bridge
Blue Vale Road Ballyragen Bridge Bridge
Temora Shire Council Morangarell Road* Kites Bridge* Bridge*
Mary Gilmore Way Duck Creek Bridge Bridge
Wagga Wagga City Council Lockhart Road Bullenbong Creek Bridge Bridge
Old Narrandera Rd Houlaghans Creek Bridge 2 Bridge
Upper Lachlan Shire Council Boorowa Road Wheeo Creek Bridge Bridge
Wollondilly Shire Council Remembrance Driveway Brookside Bridge Bridge
Remembrance Driveway Myrtle Creek Bridge Bridge
Remembrance Driveway Razorback Bridge Bridge
Argyle Street (Remembrance Driveway) Stonequarry Creek Bridge Bridge
Silverdale Road Blaxland'S Crossing Bridge
Shoalhaven City Council Burrill St Burrill St Bridge
The Springs Rd The Springs Rd (Swan Lake Bridge) Bridge
Bawley Point Road Bawley Point Rd Bridge
Flinders Rd (South Nowra) Flinders Rd (South Nowra) Bridge
Larmer Ave Larmer Ave (Cockrow Creek Bridge) Bridge
Yalwal Rd Yalwal Rd (Sandy Creek Bridge) Bridge
Coolangatta Rd Coolangatta Rd Bridge
Naval Pde Naval Pde Bridge
Tannery Rd Tannery Rd (Tannery Bridge) Bridge
Grahams Rd (Barrengarry) Grahams Rd (Barrengarry) Bridge
Clinton Park Rd Clinton Park Rd Bridge
Centre St Centre St Bridge
Hawken Rd Hawken Rd Bridge
Bolong Road Bolong Rd Bridge
Turpentine Rd Turpentine Rd Bridge
Yalwal Rd Yalwal Rd Bridge
River Rd* River Rd* Bridge*
Parma Rd Parma Rd Bridge
Gwydir Shire Council Warialda Road Lever Arm Creek Bridge Culvert
North Star Road Henry Dangar Bridge Bridge
North Star Road Janet Mcmaster Bridge Bridge
North Star Road Mobbindry Bridge Bridge
Maroondah City Council Colchester Road, Bayswater North Colchester Road Underpass, Dandenong Creek Trail, Bayswater North Culvert
Bega Valley Shire Council Buckajo Road Grosses Creek Bridge
Upper Cobargo Road Dry River Bridge
Back Creek Road Yowaka River Bridge
Buckajo Road Spring Creek Bridge
Blayney Shire Council Neville Road Darrington Bridge Bridge
Cootamundra-Gundagai Council Old Gundagai Road Cullinga Creek Bridge Bridge
Warren Shire Council Industrial Access Road Gunningba Creek Stock Bridge Bridge
Armidale Regional Council Nowlands Rd* Johns Creek Bridge* Bridge*
Kempsey Rd Oaky River Bridge Bridge
Shellharbour Council Calderwood Road Mansons Bridge Bridge
The Esplanade The Esplanade Bridge Bridge
QLD Brisbane City Council Fairfield Rd B0720 - Bridge Over Rocky Waterholes Creek Bridge
Ipswich City Council Thomas Street Jones-Phillips Bridge Bridge
Springfield Greenbank Arterial Andrew Josey Gully Bridge
Springfield Greenbank Arterial Oppossum Creek Bridge
Brisbane Terrace* Ea Richardson Bridge* Bridge*
Bundaberg Regional Council Longs Road* Kinagin Bridge* Bridge*
Logan City Council Johnson Road* Adermann Bridge - Johnson Rd Bridge* Bridge*
Mackay Regional Council Owens Creek Loop Rd, Owens Creek* Owens Creek (Adam Lisk Bridge)* Bridge*
Owens Creek Loop Rd, Owens Creek* Owens Creek (Bob Hobbs Bridge)* Bridge*
Scenic Rim Regional Council Allan Ck Rd* Alan Struss Bridge* Bridge*
Livingstone Shire Council Scenic Highway Henry Beak Bridge* Bridge*
Scenic Highway Williamson Creek Crossing* Bridge*
Scenic Highway Causeway Lake - Shoal Creek* Bridge*
Appleton Drive Appleton Drive Bridge* Bridge*
Stanage Bay Road Tilpal Bridge
Perkins Road John Smith Bridge* Bridge*
Belmont Road John William Berry Bridge* Bridge*
Rossmoya Road Hedlow Creek Bridge* Bridge*
Stanage Bay Road Ban Wan Creek* Bridge*
Toowoomba Regional Council Perseverance Dam Road Perseverance Dam Road Overflow Bridge
Leslie Bridge Road Leslie Bridge* Bridge*
Pilton Road Pilton Road Bridge 2* Bridge*
Murweh Shire Council Old Tambo Road Nive Bridge Bridge
Townsville City council Ingham Road 844 Ingham Road Stormwater Drain Culvert
Ingham Road 630 Ingham Road Drain Culvert
Ingham Road Forge Court Culvert Culvert
Ingham Road 556A Ingham Road Culvert Crossing Culvert
Ingham Road 670 Ingham Road Culvert Culvert
Ingham Road 840 Ingham Road Culvert Crossing Culvert
Mareeba Shire Council Wolfram Road Hambling Bridge Bridge
Chettle Road Chettle Road Bridge Bridge
Leadingham Creek Road Leadingham Creek Road Bridge* Bridge*
VIC City of Ballarat Gillies Road B50026 Bridge
Northern Grampians Shire Council Joel South Road Bridge 124998 Bridge
Dunolly Road Bridge 124948 Bridge
Winjallok Road Bridge 124978 Bridge
School Road Bridge 125014 Bridge
Winjallok Road* Winjallok Road Bridge - 020* Bridge*
Winjallok Road* Winjallok Road Bridge - 005* Bridge*
Bulgana Road* Bulgana Road Bridge - 105* Bridge*
Swanwater Road* Swanwater Road Bridge - 015* Bridge*
Sandy Creek Road* Sandy Creek Road Bridge - 025* Bridge*
Bolangum Inn Road Bolangum Inn Road Bridge - 025 Bridge
Burrumbite Road Burrumbite Road Bridge - 015 Bridge
Mt Dryden Road Mt Dryden Road Bridge - 020 Bridge
Tulkara Railway Road Tulkara Railway Road Bridge - 005 Bridge
Yawong Road Yawong Road Bridge - 020 Bridge
D'Arcy Street D'Arcy Street Bridge - 010 Bridge
Horsham-Wal Wal Road Horsham-Wal Wal Road Bridge - 015 Bridge
Ashens Bridge Road Ashens Bridge Road - 005 Bridge
South Gippsland Shire Council Leongatha Rd, Yarragon Mb190 (Marks Bridge) Bridge
Stewart And Dunlops Road, Middle Tarwin Stewart & Dunlops Road Bridge
Spencers Road Wb420 (Spencers Bridge) Bridge
Spencers Road Wb430 Bridge
Mardan Road Wb230 Bridge
Wellington Shire Council Pound Road West Blackshaws Bridge Bridge
Yarram-Morwell Road Greenaways Bridge Bridge
Airly Road Nuntin Bridge Bridge
Moyne Shire Council Minjah-Hawkesdale Road Minjah Bridge Bridge
Moyne Falls-Hawkesdale Road Kangertong Bridge Bridge
Garvoc-Laang Road Spiers Bridge Bridge
Codrington-Orford Road Lewis Bridge Bridge
Macarthur-Hawkesdale Road Eumeralla River Bridge Bridge

SLGAAP Phase 2 (Round 2) - SEQ Region

Nominations for SLGAAP Phase 2 (Round 2) for SEQ Region road managers* closed on 31 August 2022.

SEQ Region includes:

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council.

SLGAAP Phase 2 (Round 2) - SEQ Region Timeline

Nominations Opened

July - 31 August 2022 - Nominations open to selected SEQ Councils

Nominations Closed

31 August 2022 - Nomination via the NHVR Portal closes at 5pm (AEST).

Asset Selection Process (INTERNAL)

September - October 2022- SLGAAP team applies the multi-criteria analysis to determine high-priority assets for assessment.

Confirmation of selected assets

October 2022- SLGAAP provides advice to councils on the success of their nominated assets.

Engineering Assessments of Priority Assets

October 2022 - February 2023


Selection and prioritisation criteria

The following criteria was used in selecting and prioritising the assets to receive funded assessments provided by engineering consultants.

Click to print the criteria with definitions

Local Government Update - October 2023

Welcome to another edition of the NHVR’s Local Government Update.

As you know, the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP) assists local government road managers to undertake heavy vehicle assessments of on-road assets, such as bridges and culverts. The project works collaboratively with engineering consultants and local government road managers to support better understanding of asset capability and improve heavy vehicle access decision-making.

In April, I attended the official launch of Phase 2, Round 2, where 125 bridges and culverts on key freight routes in 33 different councils were announced to receive funded engineering assessments. I’m thrilled to report Round 2 was recently completed, and in September, Phase 2, Round 3 of the project commenced.

You can read more about what Round 3 involves, in the below article.

During a recent workshop in the Grampians region, SLGAAP made meaningful steps in refining heavy vehicle priority routes. Initially identifying 78 routes across 11 participating councils, the workshop led to amendments in 8 routes, the removal of 7 routes, and the addition of 33 new routes.

The result is the identification of 104 priority routes in the region, showcasing the dynamic and responsive nature of the project. These routes will help SLGAAP prioritise asset assessments on key local networks with a view to improving access. This is a great accomplishment, and I am pleased we are continuing to see great progress in this space.

Earlier this month the NHVR also launched its Freight PASS tool. As you will read further in the article below, this new interactive tool is a fantastic asset for road managers, and will boost understanding of the comparative safety, productivity, and sustainability benefits of different freight vehicles for a nominated freight task.

The release of our Freight PASS tool is the first of a suite of productivity related tools that will be released by the NHVR for consultation in the coming months.

To assist with any questions you may have we are also preparing a series of webinars to provide more detail around the Freight PASS tool with dates to be sent out next month.

Sal Petroccitto, CEO.

Regulatory Advice – Local Government as a CoR Party


The NHVR has published new Regulatory Advice, providing guidance to local governments who undertake functions which make them a party in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR).

As the advice outlines, many services, such as waste management and the construction and maintenance of roads and recreational facilities, are delivered using heavy vehicles. The purpose of this Regulatory Advice is to raise awareness among local government that the use of heavy vehicles in delivery of services to the community and businesses make local government a CoR party.

The CoR is the part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law that makes off-road parties responsible for the safety of heavy vehicles on the road.

The advice provides information on:

  • What are a local government’s legal obligations as a CoR party?
  • What does a local government have to do to meet its primary duty?
  • How does a CoR party manage the hazards and risks associated with their transport activities?
  • Resources, such as SMS and executive due diligence.

Find the Regulatory Advice here.

Enhancing heavy vehicle access: SLGAAP update


Phase 2, Round 2 asset assessments were recently completed, and in September, Phase 2, Round 3 of the project was launched. Round 3 will see a further 205 asset assessments scheduled across 42 councils which will include inspections, assessments and AIRs (Asset Improvement Reports).

Upon completion of Round 3, SLGAAP will have conducted 795 engineering assessments across 106 councils nationally, fostering a deeper understanding of bridge and culvert capabilities.

The primary objective of these assessments is to empower road managers to make informed decisions regarding heavy vehicle access.

By acquiring a comprehensive understanding of the infrastructure's capabilities, road managers can navigate decision-making with greater precision and effectiveness.

To complement the assessment activities, SLGAAP has actively engaged in workshops with various councils to commence validation of more than 2,000 priority heavy vehicles routes identified on the local government road network nationally.

These identified routes will be available in the NHVR Spatial Platform for easier data access/use and fast-tracked for assessment in the program over the coming years. At the workshops, SLGAAP confirms the accuracy of these routes with councils, ensuring the inclusion of additional information or sections if needed, based off direct local engagement.

Road managers are encouraged to actively participate by informing SLGAAP about priority routes in their respective councils, particularly those containing assets.

For insights into identified priority routes within your council and to review and validate, email roadassetproject@nhvr.gov.au.

To nominate a priority route, you can do so via the Priority Route survey.

A general reminder for all road managers


The NHVR would like to remind road managers, that requests for access to a road that has sign posted restrictions (for example, a weight limit or no access for heavy vehicles) are to be managed between the road manager (council) and the customer.

Customers need to apply directly to the local council for approval, as the access permit doesn’t exempt the vehicle from signed posted limits under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Where the road manager agrees to exempt a vehicle combination from a sign posted limit, the customer will require a letter from the local council stating that access has been permitted which will need to be carried with them.

For more on access, visit: www.nhvr.gov.au/road-access

NHVR launches new Freight PASS interactive tool for road managers 


The NHVR is excited to launch Freight PASS - a new, interactive tool for road managers to make more informed decisions about the benefits of heavy vehicle combinations on the road network.

Freight PASS uses more than one million registration data records to assess a range of performance factors for conventional and Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles, including crash likelihood, trip numbers and travel time, and fuel consumption.

Specifically requested by road managers, the tool delivers on the NHVR’s commitment in the Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan, ensuring road managers are armed with the information and confidence to grant access to high performance vehicles.

Freight PASS will assist road managers in understanding the comparative safety, productivity, and sustainability benefits of different freight vehicles for a nominated freight task. The new tool will also improve the speed, accuracy and consistency of decisions about using safer and more productive vehicles.

The tool will fill a knowledge gap when road managers are assessing opportunities to let bigger and heavier vehicles on their roads, to meet Australia’s growing freight task.

Freight PASS will also support the heavy vehicle industry’s transition to a more sustainable future by helping road managers to better understand heavy vehicle performance and informing industry vehicle purchase decisions to support the transition to zero emission vehicles.

This is the first of a suite of productivity related tools that will be released for consultation in the coming months. The NHVR will shortly release details for a series of webinars on Freight PASS.

For further information and access to consultation materials click here.

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On the Road - SLGAAP priority routes - get involved

This month the NHVR launched its final ambassador, rugby league legend Sam Thaiday, for our We All Need Space road safety campaign to help us spread the word across the community around how to share the roads safely with trucks.

In order for this campaign to be successful and to reach a wide range of demographics right across the country, the NHVR strategically identified key Australian icons and influencers who covered a vast cross section of age groups and followers, to ensure our road safety messages were spread far and wide.

As a result, we have also partnered with Australian comedian Jimmy Rees followed by Western Australia truck driver Yogi (Glenn Kendall), Australian country music singer James Blundell and South Australian truck driver CJ (Casuarina Smith).

Since our launch on June 26, our We All Need Space campaign has reached more than 5 million road users right across the country through online views as well as through mainstream media including print, radio and television.

With 124 lives lost on Australian roads so far this year in crashes involving a heavy vehicle and a car, it is clear that more needs to be done to educate all road users on how to share the roads safely.

Through the use of crash data and ongoing research we know around 70% of serious incidents and fatalities involving a car and a truck are the fault of the light vehicle driver. These statistics re-enforce that more needs to be done in educating and raising awareness with general motorists around how they can stay safe and avoid putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations when they come across a truck out on the road.

The messages we have pushed through our We All Need Space campaign have been simple and to the point, including providing greater education and tips around how to safely overtake a truck, raising awareness of trucks blind spots as well as the dangers of trying to overtake a turning truck and the need to give them that extra space in order to turn at intersections and roundabouts safely.

Following an extensive three-month period of this campaign being out in the community we are now at the point where we will look at how effective the campaign has been in terms of behavioural change and message re-call, through conducting post market research and post market surveys which will assist us in determining the next phase of the campaign.

If you have not seen or shared these campaigns with your stakeholders, please have a look at our website www.weallneedspace.com to access the educational videos and online material.

As you know we need to continue to work together and drive ongoing communication in regard to road safety in order to make a difference on the Australian road toll.

Kind regards,

Sal Petroccitto
Chief Executive Officer

In this issue:

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NHVR Investigations attends Victorian critical incident response forum

NHVR Investigations has boosted its capacity to respond to critical incidents, by participating in a 'critical incident response forum’ alongside Victoria Police, WorkSafe Victoria, Comcare, Safe Transport Victoria, and the Victorian Environmental Protection Agency.

On Tuesday 29 August, the participating agencies joined forces to map their resources, processes, and accountabilities, to identify their preparedness to respond to a serious incident involving a heavy vehicle, with the aim of strengthening agency cooperation and relationships.

Each agency provided a comprehensive presentation detailing how and when they deploy, obligations of the agency, and suggested improvement on collaboration between agencies.

Superintendent John Fitzpatrick APM, head of Victoria Police Road Policing Operations, led a practical session using the Victorian Emergency Management (EM) system to assist participants better understand the mechanics of EM principles, from incident control to logistics management.

The forum was a tangible, practical way to identify opportunities to minimise the loss and harm that arise from emergency incidents, and will be rolled out in all other Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) jurisdictions.

For more information about NHVR Investigations go to www.nhvr.gov.au/law-policies/investigations

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The process of making representations to the NHVR

In the wake of industry interest, NHVR Prosecutions is providing the following summary to assist in the process of making representations.

Representations are a process by which you can write to the NHVR and request a review, withdrawal or modification of an infringement notice or charge. Legal advice is highly recommended but not always necessary.

Types of reviews:

1. NHVR fine review: relates to penalty infringement notices, traffic infringement notices or expiation notices issued by the NHVR.

2. NHVR charge review: relates to a charge which can be a complaint and summons, information, or a court attendance notice.

Representations can be received directly from the customer, their legal representative, or from the relevant state revenue agencies e.g. Revenue NSW.

You may consider writing to the NHVR for several reasons, including if you have a good defence, or you don’t believe the charge meets NHVR Prosecution Policy.

To submit a fine review, you may write to the NHVR Prosecutions Support unit at Prosecutions.Support@nhvr.gov.au

To submit a charge review, write to the NHVR Prosecutions unit at Prosecutions@nhvr.gov.au

Find further information at: www.nhvr.gov.au/law-policies/prosecutions/going-to-court

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HVSI funded project launches two educational courses for industry

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has launched two new online courses this week for industry, funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) and supported by the

Australian Government.


A successful grantee from round 6 of the HVSI, HVIA’s 'Load Restraint Fundamentals' and 'Best Practice Tyre Management' courses are the result of the organisation’s Safety Through Education project.

The HVSI program supports industry-led projects, that address key issues in the transport and logistics sector and provide innovative solutions, to reduce road trauma and save lives.

Grantees have the ability to deliver crucial safety improvements, to contribute to a shared goal, of safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer road use.

HVIA’s two interactive courses allow heavy vehicle operators and other members in the supply chain, understand their responsibilities when it comes to the safety-critical nature of load restraint and tyre management practices.

Find further information about HVSI at: www.nhvr.gov.au/about-us/heavy-vehicle-safety-initiative

Use the code ‘HVSI’ to access the courses at a heavily discounted rate on the HVIA Training platform.
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Industry projects to drive heavy vehicle safety with $5.5 million investment

Twenty-one new industry-led projects will receive vital funding from the Australian Government through the NHVR's Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).

$3.8 million will be invested into 12 heavy vehicle safety initiatives through Round 8 of the HVSI program, including for roadside health and wellness screening, driver training and increasing vulnerable road user safety.

A further nine projects have been selected to receive funding as part of $1.7 million in once-off funding to Chain of Responsibility (CoR) training and education projects.

The new projects under Round 8 address key issues in the transport and logistic sector and provide workable solutions, to reduce road trauma and save lives.

The CoR projects will help organisations develop training content and resources that will help participants improve the safety of their heavy vehicle transport activities and meet their obligations under the law.

To read more, click here.

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Major safety failure by tow truck operator led to the death of a South Australian truck driver


A South Australian tow truck operator has received a custodial sentence under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) after he pleaded guilty to a Category 1 offence involving a fatality.


In February 2019, a 67-year-old man was killed when his truck rolled off the back of a tow truck. An investigation led by South Australian Police revealed that the tow truck operator’s conduct was reckless in failing to ensure the safety of their transport activities, ultimately resulting in the fatality of their customer.

The operator was charged with failing to comply with his safety duty, and the court has imposed a custodial sentence of ten months, reduced to six months due to a guilty plea. This has been wholly suspended on the condition of good behaviour for two years.

A Prohibition Order was also made which prohibits the operator from engaging in any transport activities for a period of 12 months.

To read more, click here.

The project london team

SLGAAP priority routes – get involved

The Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Program (SLGAAP) is taking a strategic approach to focus on delivering whole-of-journey network improvements that will result in better heavy vehicle access decision-making along routes, as opposed to individual isolated assets.

With this information, road managers and local governments will be able to better manage heavy vehicle access. It will better support road freight operators to optimise their journey through better route selection at the application stage, thereby streamlining the access process with better quality applications. 

Priority heavy vehicle routes provide a strategic link between local communities and key freight routes including local roads that support Australia’s freight task or essential access to remote communities.

Better understanding of the capability of assets, allows road managers to optimise network access for heavy vehicles more confidently and consider pre-approved and gazetted routes where appropriate. 

What is a priority route? – Read more in the full article here.

Get involved - Want to be involved in letting SLGAAP know where your priority routes are? Submit your idea and have your say.

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NHVR releases three new Loading Guides for industry


Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), parties in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) and drivers have an obligation to comply with loading requirements to maintain safety for all road users.

To assist industry in complying with the HVNL loading and loading performance standards, the NHVR has developed Loading Guides.

These one-pagers highlight common loading mistakes and best practice methods for securing a load.

The guides have been designed for parties in the CoR to print out and display in their workplace to increase awareness, or to be placed in loading manuals as a quick reference.

The NHVR has now released three new loading guides to promote safety through good load restraint practices and help industry comply with loading requirements.

Access the guides here: Industry is encouraged to provide feedback via the NHVR’s website.
The project london team

PBS Digitisation Update

On 7 September, the NHVR met with Assessors, Certifiers, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) representatives and other industry partners to inform them of progress with digitisation of Performance Based Standards (PBS) into the NHVR Portal.

Design Approval (DA) short form submissions have been reintroduced to assist assessors who are having difficulty with full form Portal submissions. Some Assessors have opted to stay with full form Portal submissions for new applications and are finding this process effective.

Data entry staff and software development staff at the NHVR are working to ensure historic DA data entered into the Portal is correct.

The NHVR is also continuing to examine the process of turning multiple layout DAs into a series of single layout DAs and is working to make this more effective and simpler for Certifiers.

Any future data entry will initially start on low usage single layout DAs, to create less impact on Assessors and Certifiers. The aim will be to identify and fix DA data issues before restarting the digitisation of high usage historic DAs.

For more information or to provide further feedback, visit https://www.nhvr.gov.au/road-access/performance-based-standards or email digital@nhvr.gov.au.

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TfNSW invites industry to complete tunnel height restriction online survey


Transport for NSW is currently engaging the heavy vehicle industry to understand current practices used to comply with tunnel height restrictions on Sydney roads.

The research findings will support a program of work initiated to improve safety and compliance around Sydney tunnels. Heavy vehicle drivers, employers and managers are invited to participate in an online survey to share their experiences, challenges and ideas.

The survey is completely anonymous and will be open until Sunday 1 October 2023.

To participate in this research, please click here: https://survey.confirmit.com.au/wix/p393525977468.aspx

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On the Road - Issue 168 - 15 September 2023

Local Government Update - Special Edition September 2023

I am pleased to bring you another special edition of the Local Government Update, following the launch of the NHVR’s local government road managers information hub. The new hub will contribute to our vision of delivering safe, efficient, and productive heavy vehicle movements, by offering a more streamlined experience for operators and local government alike.

The hub provides a central location on our website, with links to all resources, relevant information, and support for road managers. Built in consultation with local government, the hub will be a great tool for new council staff to assist in their learning about their role as a road manager.

The hub also benefits existing staff, with new pages focused on key road manager responsibilities, including access permits, conditions and much more. You can read about this in the articles below.

The hub is part of a larger body of work the NHVR is undertaking to make it easier for road managers to manage routes, permits and road assets – and it is our plan to continue making advancements in the coming months.

I would like to thank the participants of last month’s first-ever Queensland Road Manager Forum, who indicated the hub would be an efficient tool for new road managers and provide support for them to learn about the role.

And finally, thank you to local government who worked with our organisation to build the hub. I hope the below articles provide you with an insight, into all the hub encompasses.

Sal Petroccitto, CEO.

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The purpose and benefits of the road managers information hub

As most would be aware, road managers are responsible for consenting to access for restricted access vehicles on the roads and the conditions which they operate. It is important road managers understand their role under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and how to approve access to their road network.

The recently published information hub is an amalgamation of all the tools the NHVR provides that road managers require, including advice for them in their role.

Crystal Toth, Team Leader Asset Protection at City of Gold Coast, said the new layout is in a more logical order on the NHVR website, making it easier for road managers like herself to find useful guidelines, resources, and support.

“I am very impressed with the new road manager information hub,” Ms Toth said.

“The current resources that are provided for road managers are spread across different platforms.

“These resources require a central point (hub) to ensure that each road manager can easily navigate and access useful information available to them.

“The hub provides advice and guidance in their road manager role and so far, we’ve had very positive feedback from road managers that the information is a lot easier to understand and especially helpful for those new to a road manager role.”

In the ‘Getting Started’ page, new staff can receive guidance, and understand their roles and responsibilities under the HVNL. This new page is a useful starting point when training someone.

To learn more about the hub, visit: www.nhvr.gov.au/road-access/local-government-road-managers

If you have any ideas or feedback on further improvements we can make, please complete a short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y3NDWZN

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Access permits and the benefits of heavy vehicle access on the hub

Road managers can find the rules and policies that apply to them, in relation to ‘Access permits’, on the new hub. The access permit platform clarifies the role of the NHVR and road managers in processing permit applications.

Some of the topics it covers are:

  • Identifying and managing risk
  • Restricting permit durations and trips
  • Times to make a decision and applying for an extension.

Road mangers will also find the ‘Benefits of granting heavy vehicle access’, including better data on who is using their road network. This page contains several videos on short case studies of select councils and the benefits of proactively managing their road networks.

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The conditions and guidelines for access

On the new hub, road managers will be able to easily navigate the ‘Conditions’ page, which outlines the conditions that can be applied to permits, pre-approvals, and notices.

The HVNL allows for the NHVR and road managers to impose conditions on access decisions to allow for the efficient road transport of goods or passengers whilst managing risks around safety, amenity, and infrastructure protection.

The types of conditions covered are:

  • Vehicle conditions
  • Road conditions
  • Travel conditions
  • Restricting permit durations and trips
  • Standard conditions
  • Prescribed conditions
  • Third party conditions

Essential to their role as a road manager, the ‘Guidelines’ page outlines the legal requirements and guidelines around granting access. It provides a high-level summary of the key concepts from the Approved Guidelines for Granting Access publication.

It also covers the different levels of access that can be provided to restricted vehicles.

Next, the ‘Network access’ page provides information on how access for restricted access vehicles is provided under a notice, pre-approval, or permit.

The page details the content of notices and how consent is granted. It also includes all the forms and information needed to request route updates or apply pre-approvals.

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The benefits of the PBS Scheme

On the hub, road managers will find the Performance Based Standards (PBS) Scheme page, which provides a summary of key concepts from the PBS - A guide for road managers publication.

Previously on the NHVR website, all PBS pages focused on the design and application process for operators. This new PBS webpage is specifically tailored towards what PBS means for road managers.

Some of the topics it covers are:

  • What is the PBS scheme?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the different PBS levels?
  • Responding to a PBS access request.
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Portal and SLGAAP on the hub

A work in progress, the new ‘Portal’ page highlights the road manager capabilities in the Portal. It will provide an updated summary of the current projects affecting road managers in the Portal and what their status is.

Next to Portal, sits the ‘Route disruption’ page, which provides information to road managers on managing access to local government roads in the event of a disruption or emergency situation.

The page provides several scenarios of potential route disruptions and what options are available to road managers to respond to them.

The Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP) is an Australian Government funded initiative to optimise heavy vehicle access on the local road networks across Australia.

The project assists local government road managers to undertake heavy vehicle assessments of on-road assets, such as bridges and culverts. Working collaboratively with engineering consultants and local government road managers, the project supports councils to better understand their asset capability and inform heavy-vehicle access decision-making.

The ‘SLGAAP’ page has been moved from the ‘About us’ section of the NHVR website to sit directly under the ‘local government road managers’ section of the website as part of centralising all road manager information and projects.

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Training resources and support for road managers

The NHVR places a strong focus on education. In line with this, the ‘Training’ page outlines the training resources and support available for road managers.

Various videos and support tools for road mangers have been gathered across the NHVR website and stored in one central location.

This page is also a work in progress and will be updated to include times and links to upcoming events, webinars, and Portal training for road managers.

All previous local government updates are stored and can be found on the ‘Updates’ page.

Local Government Update - Special Edition September 2023