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  • 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.

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    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.
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    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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  • 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

  • Local Government Update - Special Edition July 2023

    Colleagues,

    I am pleased to bring you this special edition of the Local Government Update following yesterday’s first-ever Queensland Road Manager Forum held at the Brisbane offices and online. More than 80 participants, covering road managers across the state, participated in the forum, which provided a great opportunity to share open conversations and find out more about the ways the NHVR is investing in improving outcomes for local government and the heavy vehicle industry.

    We plan to hold similar events across each state and continue providing support to road managers, to help in making informed heavy vehicle decisions.

    A significant focus of yesterday’s discussions was the NHVR Portal, and how it is being transformed to make it easier for you to manage routes, permits and road assets. The NHVR is taking steps to convert the Portal into a heavy vehicle ‘business centre’ to deliver a seamless experience for operators and local government alike. You can read more about this in the articles below.

    I'd like to thank everyone who attended the event yesterday, both in person and virtually, and for the great feedback we received.

    And finally, thank you to all our partners in local government across Australia for your continued support of our organisation. I hope the below articles provide you with some valuable insight for what's to come over the next few months.

    Kelli Walker, A/CEO


    Key discussions from our first full-day forum

    Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Athena Ferraro, held the first Queensland Local Government Road Manager Full-Day Forum yesterday in the NHVR Brisbane office and online. The forum saw 20 local road managers from around South East Queensland attend in person, with an additional 60 road managers attending online.


    The forum provided an opportunity to provide updates and discuss the benefits of key work programs, such as the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGGAP), the changes coming to the NHVR Portal and the Road Management and Network Builder tools.

    The NHVR’s Chief Engineer, Les Bruzsa also provided an overview of key things to consider when undertaking assessments of Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles. A demonstration of the new road manager hub, road manager training and an update on the access program of work including pre-approvals and renewals was provided.

    The forum was a success, with our road managers in attendance providing their initial appreciation on the day. A significant takeaway from the event was the keen interest in the SLGAAP and Portal developments.

    For those who missed out on yesterday's forum, this special edition newsletter will provide an overview of some of the key projects and initiatives discussed and some upcoming important dates.

    We are thrilled to hear it was an informative and enjoyable day for all our road managers who joined us. For those who are yet to submit feedback, an official survey link will be distributed early next week so we can learn what worked well, and what we can improve for future forums.​


    Building a Single National Network Map for Network Access

    As part of yesterday's forum, a demonstration of the new NHVR national network map was provided, including the new road manager self-service tools that will allow road managers to actively maintain, and update heavy vehicle networks within their local government area.

    In the next few weeks, the NHVR will start publishing the South Australia, Victoria and Australian Capital Territory maps in the Portal. The maps for New South Wales and Queensland are planned to be made available by the end of the year.

    This means that map information currently held within each jurisdiction will be displayed in the one map, allowing the heavy vehicle industry to route journeys across state and territory borders from one location.

    Importantly, the road manager self-service tools will allow changes to be proposed to existing networks, or the creation of new networks, including pre-approved networks, which will be managed through a workflow stored within the Portal.

    A register of road ownership, created by both local and jurisdictional government nominating their ownership of roads and using the developed Road Management tools, will be a central component of keeping networks up-to-date. If a road manager is listed as the road’s owner, they will be able to apply certain restrictions, conditions or approve full access for each vehicle type.


    Key benefits of the single enforceable national network map and changes coming to the Portal include:

    A self-service tool to manage gazetted networks,

    The enhanced ability to manage disruption to networks and publish safe updates to the network in real-time (such as during disasters),

    The ability to manage and expand gazetted networks,

    The ability to make quicker and more informed decisions around access based on the bridge assessments, and

    Clearer understanding of local bridge capability to better inform heavy vehicle access.

    To learn more, email spatial@nhvr.gov.au.


    Next steps for the Road Management Tool

    The NHVR has now completed the tooling allowing road managers to accurately claim or transfer road ownership of roads through the Portal.

    Training sessions with state, territory, local government and third parties has been completed in Vic, SA and into Qld, with over 5000 ownership changes already made, covering more than 20,000 road segments. The tool is helping to increase transparency and enable more timely access decisions, by ensuring consent requests are allocated correctly for both permits and notices.

    Training sessions are run every week and are currently available for Qld Local Government Areas, with the rollout to NSW from July onwards, and Tasmania from September onwards.

    Please contact spatial@nhvr.gov.au for information on upcoming dates.


    Rolling out the Network Management Tool

    The Network Management Tool in the Portal is now being used by the Victorian Department of Transport and will continue to be rolled out to state and territory road agencies as maps are transitioned into the Portal.


    From September 2023, a pilot will be launched with local government to begin rolling out the Network Management Tools including management of both gazetted and pre-approved network maps. We will update you with more information as this occurs.


    An update on SLGAAP Phase 2 Round 2

    At yesterday's forum, road managers heard from the Project Manager of the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP).

    The NHVR is committed to working collaboratively with local government to support councils in better understanding their asset capability and inform heavy vehicle access decision-making. Through the SLGAAP, engineers are funded to undertake route capability assessments and asset assessments for local governments across Australia.

    Round 2 of SLGAAP is well underway and includes engineering assessments for 125 critical assets across 33 councils. Once completed, the total number of assessments completed under SLGAAP will be close to 600 assessments across 88 local council areas.

    You can now express interest in SLGAAP via the Portal. The SLGAAP team will contact road managers who complete the EOI when the next round of nominations is expected to open. You can also view the list of the 125 local government assets and 33 councils currently undergoing assessment in Phase 2 Round 2.


    SLGAAP Knowledge Hub

    The Knowledge Hub is a centralised area on the SLGAAP website containing resources, checklists, and helpful tools. These resources aim to support road managers and transport operators in better understanding asset capability regarding heavy vehicle access, as well as improving knowledge of assets like bridges and culverts.

    eLearn modules – Foundation Course available late-2023

    To complement the existing learning materials, an online training course is being developed to provide road managers with the knowledge and tools necessary for more informed heavy vehicle access decision-making and enhance understanding of assets. The content was identified through feedback with road managers and will support the project assessment activities.

    The online courses will be available to all road managers at no cost and offers learning at a time and place that is convenient for you. For updates on progress visit our project website, or to register interest in the foundation course, send us an email at roadasset.project@nhvr.gov.au.


    Working with Local Government for Heavy Vehicle Priority Routes

    The SLGAAP team also presented yesterday on the team's work regarding heavy vehicle priority routes.

    As part of the project, the SLGAAP team has worked with councils to identify approximately 2000 local government priority heavy vehicle routes for engineering asset assessments. These routes were selected based on their critical role in supporting the movement of goods across communities.

    The key benefits of focusing efforts on priority routes include:

    Targeted prioritisation and assessment of local government assets,

    Helping local government identify strategic corridors,

    A national consolidated dataset for local government roads,

    A strategic link between local roads and key freight routes,

    Contributing to a more comprehensive database of assets, and

    Administrative efficiencies for local government in the management of heavy vehicles on their roads.

    The list of priority heavy vehicle routes can be found in the Engagement Hub. Routes were identified based on six key criteria to understand and prioritise heavy vehicle routes and their significance to the network.

    We want to hear from local governments to check the routes are appropriate for your local government area. If you would like a one-on-one meeting to discuss your council's routes, please send an email to roadasset.project@nhvr.gov.au.

    You can also learn more about local government priority heavy vehicle routes here.


    Out and about: SLGAAP engagement activities

    To understand more about each council’s unique priorities and challenges, the SLGAAP team has been on the road engaging with local government road managers.

    Workshops commenced recently with SLGAAP and 15 councils from the Legatus Region in SA. The workshop aimed to connect with the regions councils to validate identified priority routes and consider other routes based on local expertise. The participants provided valuable local insights, resulting in the number of priority routes increasing from 88 to approximately 140.

    Regional workshops will be held over the coming months with councils in the Grampians Region (Vic), Hunter Valley (NSW), Toowoomba Western Downs (Qld) and Mackay Whitsunday (Qld). We encourage all councils in these areas to participate. The project will continue to work with regions of councils with priority heavy vehicle routes until all are completed. Assessments of routes identified through these workshops will be subsequently undertaken, providing clarity on the suitability of the routes for heavy vehicles.

    If you would like SLGAAP to participate or attend any upcoming meetings or forums, please send your requests to roadasset.project@nhvr.gov.au.


    Progressing the Asset Rapid Assessment Tool

    Work is progressing on the Asset Rapid Assessment Tool (ARAT) with a trial with a small number of councils to kick off this month. The ARAT will allow road managers to quickly compare vehicles they nominate as being representative of bridge capability to other vehicles requesting access to the network.

    This means road managers will be able to run the ARAT during their consideration of access suitability within the Portal to see if the vehicle being applied for can safely travel over the bridges on the proposed route. This should streamline the assessment process and give road managers greater confidence in their determinations of access on the network.

    Road managers will be updated about the next stages once the trial has been completed. If your council is interested in participating in further stages of ARAT testing, please contact us at roadassetproject@nhvr.gov.au.

    Local government road managers information hub launch

    During the forum, road managers were given a demonstration of the new Local government road managers information hub. Participants indicated that the new hub will be a great tool for new road managers, and provide great support for them to learn about the role.

    The new hub provides a central location on the NHVR website that links to all relevant sources of road manager support and information the NHVR provides.

    Road managers will see new pages on the hub that are focused on key information on road manager responsibilities including access permits, conditions, network access and more.

    We will be updating you further on the changes in the next Local Government Update, as well our focus for the next steps of the project.

    If you have any questions or feedback, please email info@nhvr.gov.au or contact us.

    Local Government Update - Special Edition July 2023

  • Media Release - 125 council bridges and culverts to receive funded heavy vehicle assessments

    One hundred and twenty-five bridges and culverts in 33 different councils will receive funded engineering assessments as part of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP), supported by the Australian Government.

    The bridges and culverts were selected based on whether the locations were on priority freight routes, and would deliver potential improved access for heavy vehicles.

    Through the SLGAAP, the NHVR connects engineering consultants with local government road managers to deliver funded bridge and culvert assessments and engineering reports.

    The information supports councils to better understand their bridge or culvert’s capability and make informed heavy vehicle access decisions.

    The Australian Government has committed $20 million in total, including $4 million in the current financial year, towards this project to assess more bridges and culverts through to late 2024.

    A full list of the bridges and culverts can be found below.

    For more information on the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/slgaap

    Quotes attributable to Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:

    “The Australian Government allocated $12 million in funding to expand the number of local council asset assessments across Australia’s road network through to late 2024, bring our total funding to $20 million for this initiative.

    “These assessments can deliver increased benefits for heavy vehicle operators and assist local councils in assessing their assets’ capability.”

    Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Carol Brown:

    “Through the SLGAAP, local council bridges and culverts are prioritised based on their likelihood to deliver improved productivity and efficiency outcomes for a heavy vehicle journey from start to finish.

    “No bridge or culvert is considered in isolation. Rather, they are selected based on if an assessment may unlock access for more classes of vehicles such as A-doubles, to travel more extensively on Australia’s freight network.”

    Quote attributable to Federal Member for Lyons Brian Mitchell:

    “The information provided through this program means councils can better understand their bridge or culvert’s capability and make informed heavy vehicle access decisions.

    “Councils are also able to use this information to apply for funding for the upkeep of their bridges or culverts.”

    Quote attributable to Mayor of the Derwent Valley Michelle Dracoulis:

    “Derwent Valley Council nominated the Tyenna River crossing to be assessed by the SLGAAP project.

    “The results of the assessment provided council with certainty that our asset was suitable and safe for larger combination vehicles to access.

    “This in turn provided local industry with clarity when planning their project and operational options.”

    Quotes attributable to NHVR Chief Executive Officer Sal Petroccitto:

    “This latest round of SLGAAP will bring the project’s total number of assessments to 590, across 88 local councils.

    “We support local governments to understand their assessment reports, apply conditions for heavy vehicle access and publish and manage their asset data in the NHVR Portal through a road manager toolkit with recorded webinars, training modules and templates.”

  • On the Road - 125 council bridges and culverts to receive funded heavy vehicle assessments

    One hundred and twenty five bridges and culverts in 33 different councils will receive funded engineering assessments as part of the NHVR’s Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP), supported by the Australian Government.

    Through the SLGAAP, the NHVR connects engineering consultants with local government road managers to deliver funded bridge and culvert assessments and engineering reports.

    Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Senator Carol Brown said, “through the SLGAAP, local council bridges and culverts are prioritised based on its likelihood to deliver improved productivity and efficiency outcomes for a heavy vehicle journey from start to finish.”

    “No bridge or culvert is considered in isolation. Rather, they are selected based on if an assessment may unlock access for more classes of vehicles such as A-doubles, to travel more extensively on Australia’s freight network.”

    The Australian Government has committed $20 million towards the project, which includes more bridge and culvert assessments through to late 2024.

    For more information on the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/slgaap

  • Local Government Update - February 2023

    The National Key Freight Routes Map was established in 2015 to provide a detailed picture of the road and rail routes connecting Australia’s nationally significant places for freight.

    The NHVR’s Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Program (SLGAAP) needed a national map of heavy vehicle routes that were specifically local government-owned to support the project in identifying and prioritising engineering assessments for local government assets. This was the catalyst in the NHVR deciding to build a new resource titled Priority Route Map for Local Government.

    Todd Wellard, Program Lead, explains how this next layer of research emphasises the role of local government roads in connecting areas of primary industry production with the broader national network of federal and state roads.

    “This map is an important tool for our project to ensure we are funding engineering assessments for local government assets on priority routes that play a critical role in heavy vehicle transport and connecting our regions and communities, “said Todd.

    “We aim to provide the best benefit across the network in terms of productivity, access, and network connectivity, especially for larger or special-purpose vehicle configurations often used in agriculture, livestock, and forestry industries.

    With 2000 priority heavy vehicle routes already identified on local-government owned roads, we are confident our national program of asset assessments will deliver positive outcomes for industry, and the map will be a valuable resource for future planning and investment,” he said.

    The Priority Route Map Layer will:

    Highlight local government asset assessments to support existing access and provide new access opportunities, focused on route outcomes rather than assessing individual structures on different routes.

    Identify strategic corridors and provide local government road managers with heavy vehicle access-related asset data to support their decision-making​.

    The Priority Route Map for Local Government will be available in the NHVR Portal by mid to late 2023.

    Local Government Update - February 2023

  • On the Road - SLGAAP 2022 close out and 2023 priorities

    In recent months, the NHVR’s Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP) met with key stakeholders to develop partnerships and improve project outcomes.

    The NHVR’s SLGAAP provides Australian Government funded bridge and culvert engineering assessments to local governments, to understand bridge and culvert asset capability on local government-owned roads.

    The SLGAAP team is working with jurisdictions and relevant local government associations to understand whole-of-network challenges and identify known bottlenecks, particularly where there is an interface with local government owned roads.

    Approximately 500 assets across 64 councils are undergoing prioritisation for assessment as part of Phase Two (Round Two) of the SLGAAP. For this round, the SLGAAP has prioritised assessments for road assets located on key freight routes that will deliver whole of network journey outcomes.

    Once this prioritisation has occurred, the assets and councils will be announced, and assessment will commence in the new year.

    The SLGAAP will prioritise the following activities in 2023:

    • Improve the capability of local government road managers to provide access decisions for a larger range of heavy vehicles
    • Deliver up to 300 bridge assessments
    • Identify, validate and publish approximately 2000 priority heavy vehicle routes on the local government road network
    • Develop further capability in the NHVR Portal, including capturing more local government bridge data to assist access assessments

    The SLGAAP team will continue collaborating with industry to increase project awareness, benefits, and participation in the coming year.

    Visit the project website to register for updates, learn more about the project, provide feedback or learn more about our 2023 priorities.

    On the Road Issue 154 - 8 December 2022

  • Local Government Update - December 2022

    The SLGAAP connects with state and local governments

    With the easing of travel restrictions in the last few months, the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP) had several opportunities to meet with local government road managers.

    The NHVR’s SLGAAP provides Australian Government funded bridge and culvert engineering assessments to local governments, to understand bridge and culvert asset capability on local government-owned roads.

    In June, the SLGAAP team attended the ALGA National General Assembly in Canberra, with more than 800 Mayors and Councillors present.

    In October, the team joined delegates at the LGNSW Annual Conference in Hunter Valley to promote the project and its outcomes, with local councils showing strong interest in hearing how they could participate.

    Earlier this month, the SLGAAP team attended the ALGA Roads and Transport Congress in Hobart to raise awareness about the work being undertaken by the NHVR on the National Spatial Program and the Asset Rapid Assessment Tool (ARAT).

    We have held early discussions with jurisdictions to understand whole-of-network challenges and identify known bottlenecks. An initial workshop series was held for South Australian authorities, with workshops to be held across remaining states and territories next year.

    “It’s through these events we continue to develop partnerships with road managers and industry, validating the benefits of the project and understanding their challenges and ideas to improve project outcomes,” Todd Wellard, SLGAAP Program Lead said.

    We continue to hear positive feedback from participating councils:

    Being involved in SLGAAP was invaluable. Matching bridge asset capacity with the wide range of heavy vehicle combinations seeking access to the Council’s Road network has been a long-term issue – Temora Shire Council

    We now have greater confidence in permit approvals across audited structures – City of Port Adelaide Enfield

    We now better understand the assets and focus our funds towards structures that will benefit the most from repairs and strengthening – Glenelg Shire Council

    How road managers can get involved in the SLGAAP

    1. Add or update your asset data
    Accurate asset assessments need accurate data, which is critical to support the smart routing functions now in development.

    Currently road managers have uploaded approximately 4,000 assets in the NHVR Portal Asset Module, with more than 70 per cent of these asset records in draft status.

    Please log in to the NHVR Portal to add new asset data or update and confirm existing asset data and then activate the record.

    2. Share online course feedback
    Please share your feedback on the six training modules developed for the SLGAAP Foundation Program, an online course about heavy vehicle access relating to bridges and culverts.

    View the online courses and topics and make suggestions here: https://nhvr.engagementhub.com.au/know-hub

    3. Access your engineering reports
    For the 465 assessments undertaken during SLGAAP Phase 1 and Phase 2 (Round 1), the final engineering reports are now uploaded to the asset record in the NHVR Portal, providing a central reference for road managers making access decisions.

    Please log in to the NHVR Portal to access these reports.

    SLGAAP looking ahead for 2023

    After a successful nomination process, approximately 500 assets across 64 councils are undergoing prioritisation for assessment as part of Phase Two (Round Two) of the SLGAAP. For this round, the SLGAAP has prioritised assessments for road assets located on key freight routes that will deliver whole of network journey outcomes.

    Once this prioritisation has occurred, the assets and councils will be announced, and assessment will commence in the new year.

    The SLGAAP will prioritise the following activities in 2023:

    • Deliver asset assessments on key freight routes
    • Identify and publish priority heavy vehicle routes on local government roads
    • Develop further capability in the NHVR Portal, including the Asset Rapid Assessment Tool (ARAT)
    • Build capability among local government road managers through education and training initiatives, such as eLearn and the Knowledge Hub.


    The SLGAAP team will continue to collaborate with road managers to increase project awareness and participation. Visit the project website to register for updates and learn more about the project:
    https://nhvr.engagementhub.com.au/

    Local government update - 1 December 2022