NEW REGULATIONS FOR DANGEROUS GOODS

Starting from October 1, 2023, new regulations related to the transportation of dangerous goods will begin in Victoria.

These regulations are known as the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail, edition 7.8 (ADG Code 7.8), and the amended Dangerous Goods (Transport by Road or Rail) Regulations 2018 (DG TRR Regulations) and Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2022 (DG SH Regulations).

The ADG Code 7.8 provides guidelines for transporting dangerous goods by road and rail across Australia. It's updated every two years to stay aligned with international standards and meet Australia's changing needs.

In Victoria, duty holders can choose to comply with either edition 7.7 or 7.8 for six months starting from October 1, 2023. After April 1, 2024, all duty holders must comply with ADG Code 7.8.

The regulations also include changes like aligning Victoria's dangerous goods transport laws with ADG Code 7.8, referencing new United Nations Model Regulations (UNMR) provisions, allowing electronic document retention for prime contractors, and making technical changes to certain regulations.

These updates are meant to ensure safe and compliant transportation of dangerous goods in Victoria.

The amended regulations are available on the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.  Contact [email protected] for further information.

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