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Australia Updates Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail

Posted on: June 21, 2018

by Steve Schulte, CHMM, CPPAustralian Code Of Transport

Last month, Australian Transport Ministers approved Version 7.6 of the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail. The changes contained within this new edition are effective from July 1, 2018, with a compulsory compliance date of July 1, 2019.

Background

The Australian Dangerous Goods Code sets out the requirements for transporting dangerous goods by road or rail, and it is important that everyone involved in transporting dangerous goods understands their responsibilities to help prevent and/or reduce damage to people, property and the environment.

The code is given legal force in each Australian state and territory by each jurisdiction’s dangerous goods transport laws, and is to be read in conjunction with these laws because they provide important information, including supply chain member duties, licence requirements and competent authority panel powers.

The Australian Dangerous Goods Code is updated every two years, with a one year transition period for each edition. Amendments to Edition 7.6 of the code reflect the 20th Edition of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and changes specific to the Australian environment.

What changes are contained in Version 7.6 of The Code?

The most significant change to the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail is that the Transport Ministers have adopted the Excepted Quantity provisions and have added a new column to the Dangerous Goods List, noting the Excepted Quantity for each UN Number.

Full details of Version 7.6 can be found here.

When does Version 7.6 come into effect?

Version 7.6 of the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail comes into effect from July 1, 2018, with a compulsory compliance date of July 1, 2019.

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Useful Information

The Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road & Rail, Edition 7.6 

Keywords

Australia, Hazardous Materials, Dangerous Goods List, Transportation, ADG, National Transport Commission, Dangerous Goods, Excepted Quantity