Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail Legislation Status

From 1 January 2016 the ADG Code Edition 7.4 will be optional (provided compliance is demonstrated with previous edition 7.3), and compliance with the ADG7.4 is compulsory from 1 January 2017. The associated dangerous goods transport legislation comes into force when it is enacted in the relevant parliament.

Each state and territory implements the updated ADG Code and associated updates to their dangerous goods transport regulations separately. This table highlights the expected and actual implementation dates of the ADG Code Edition 7.4 and the associated legislation changes. The table also includes a hyperlink to each state and territory's dangerous goods transport act and regulations. Businesses must comply with their state / territory specific act and regulations and the ADG Code.

State / Territory Act Regulation Expected implementation Actual implementation
Regs Code Regs Code
Australian Commonwealth Territory Dangerous Goods (Road Transport) Act 2009  Dangerous Goods (Road Transport) Regulations 2010
New South Wales Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Act 2008 Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Regulation 2014 1 Jan 16 1 Jan 16
Northern Territory Transport of Dangerous Goods By Road and Rail (National Uniform Legislation) Act Transport of Dangerous Goods By Road and Rail (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations 1 Jan 16
Queensland (road) Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 Transport Operations (Road Use Management-Dangerous Goods) Regulation 2008 1 Jan 16 1 Jan 16
Queensland (rail) Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 
Chapter 14—Transporting dangerous goods by rail
Transport Infrastructure (Dangerous Goods by Rail) Regulation 2008 1 Jan 16 1 Jan 16
South Australia Dangerous Substances Act 1979 Dangerous Substances (Dangerous Goods Transport) Regulations 2008 March 2016 1 Jan 16
Tasmania Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Act 2010 Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Regulations 2010 Mid 2016 1 Jan 16
Victoria Dangerous Goods Act 1985 Dangerous Goods (Transport by Road or Rail) Regulations 2008 1 Jan 16 1 Jan 16
Western Australia Dangerous Goods Safety Act 2004 Dangerous Goods Safety Regulations Amendment (No. 2) 2015 (Dangerous Goods Safety Regulations 2007) 1 Jan 16 1 Jan 16