Heavy vehicles

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

NHVR processing all heavy vehicle access permits from Monday 4 December 2017

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) have been working collaboratively for the return of heavy vehicle access permit processing to the NHVR.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) administers the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

The HVNL and associated regulations operate in South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, the Australia Capital Territory and Tasmania, providing industry with one heavy vehicle national rule-book.

Services delivered by the NHVR

The NHVR does not administer

  • functions covered by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure:
  • enforcement of heavy vehicle offences under the new national Law (covered by state and territory police and authorised officers)
  • legal and court processes
  • local productivity initiatives (LPIs). Pre-existing LPI permits, notices, exemptions and accreditations are recognised under the HVNL.

Concessional Mass Limits

Under HVNL, operators do not require an exemption in the form of a Gazette Notice to operate at Concessional Mass Limits. Schedule 2 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation incorporates all conditions and requirements previously provided under the South Australian Gazette Notice.

Permit application process for trips within South Australia

All permit applications for heavy vehicles are processed by the NHVR.  To apply for a permit visit the NHVR Portal.

South Australian gazette notices, guidelines, exemptions and policies made under state legislation have been transitioned under the HVNL. The NHVR has not remade these notices, instead they continue to exist in their current state under the HVNL. All transitional notices are intended to be remade into either a state HVNL notice or a national notice, prior to their expiry.

    Related information


    MR1518 - Concessional Mass Limits Information Sheet (1.1 MB PDF)

    Classes of heavy vehicles available on the  NHVR's website


    Contact National Heavy Vehicle Regulator



    Phone - 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)
    Fax - (07) 3309 8777


    PO Box 492
    Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

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