Transport of Livestock

The transport of livestock as defined under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) may be undertaken using a range of heavy vehicles in South Australia. The following outlines the applicable vehicle combinations, exemptions issued under the HVNL and mass limits that apply.

Note: all notice exemptions listed below can are located on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's (NHVR) notices and permit based scheme website.

Transport at General Mass Limits (GML)

The transport of livestock at General Mass Limits is available to the following vehicle combinations using the exemptions below:

Vehicle Combination Applicable Exemption(s)
Prime mover and semi-trailer National Class 2 4.6 m High Livestock Carrier Authorisation Notice
B-Double National Class 2 B-Double Authorisation Notice
National Class 2 4.6 m High Livestock Carrier Authorisation Notice
Road Train National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice
National Class 2 4.6 m High Livestock Carrier Authorisation Notice
AB-Triple Permit issued by the NHVR

Transport at Higher Mass Limits (HML)

The transport of livestock at Higher Mass Limits is available to the following vehicle combinations using the exemption below:

Vehicle Combination Applicable Exemption
Road Train Permit issued by the NHVR
AB-Triple Permit issued by the NHVR

Transport at Increased Mass (Volumetric Loading)

Volumetric (or Livestock) loading provides an additional mass exemption to allow livestock to be loaded volumetrically to increase productivity for transport operators and reduce the impacts on animals being transported.

Volumetric loading is only available to prime mover and semi-trailer combinations and B-Doubles under the South Australia Class 3 Articulated Motor Vehicle and B-Double Livestock Loading Mass Exemption Notice 2019 (SA Class 3 Livestock Loading Notice).

Note: Volumetric loading is not applicable to road trains including B-triples.

Minimum requirements for prime movers

The prime mover must comply with the minimum rated capacity as follows:

 Tonne (t)
Steer Axle 6.0
Tandem axle group (dual drive) 17.3
Gross Vehicle Mass - Prime mover 23.3
Gross Combination Mass - Prime mover towing single semi-trailer 48.3
Gross Combination Mass - Prime mover used in a B-double combination 73.3

Eligibility to operate

Eligible combinations must undergo an inspection conducted by DPTI to confirm that the vehicle meets the rated capacity as specified in the table above and contained in the SA Class 3 Livestock Loading notice.

A weighbridge document showing the unladen mass of the prime mover and trailer(s) must be presented at the initial inspection.

If the rated capacity is not detailed on the vehicle's compliance plate, operators may be required to provide the following at the time of inspection:

  • documentation from the prime mover's manufacturer or a recognised engineering consultant stating the rating for front axle, tandem drive axle, Gross Vehicle Mass and Gross Combination Mass
  • documentation from the semi-trailer manufacturer stating the ratings for the tri-axle group.

Note: A vehicle inspection fee applies for the initial inspection for entry into the scheme or for an annual inspection. To arrange an inspection contact Service SA on 13 10 84.

Approved areas or routes

The South Australia Class 3 Articulated Motor Vehicle and B-Double Livestock Loading Mass Exemption Notice 2019 provides travel on the following roads:

Note: B-doubles up to 27.5m long are provided route-specific access to transport livestock between Western Australia and Dublin, north of Adelaide as per the SA Class 3 Livestock Loading Notice.

Animal welfare

During the transport of livestock, operators and drivers must ensure they meet the loading density requirements as detailed in the Animal Welfare Regulations 2012.

Recognition of other livestock loading schemes

Vehicles registered in another state or territory, and enrolled in the livestock loading scheme of that state or territory, are not required to be inspected in South Australia, however they must comply with the SA Class 3 Livestock Loading Notice.

All vehicles must comply with the Livestock Loading scheme and labelling requirements in the jurisdiction of registration.

Labelling requirements

Livestock vehicle inspection labels remain a requirement as part of the vehicle’s roadworthiness and inspection regime in the jurisdiction of registration.

South Australian transport operators are not required to re-apply on an annual basis and have the livestock loading labels validated and re-issued with an updated expiry if the vehicle is accredited in NHVAS Maintenance Management.

While there is no requirement to update the livestock loading label, the label must remain affixed to the vehicle for identification purposes by on road enforcement personnel and mutual recognition for operation under an interstate Livestock Loading Scheme.

Note: If a vehicle ceases to operate under Maintenance Management, then the expiry date validated on the Livestock Loading label applies. If the month and year validated on the label has passed, the vehicle will need to be re-inspected and have a new label affixed with a new validated expiry date.

If the livestock loading label is no longer legible, the operator must contact Vehicle Inspections on 13 10 84 and re-present the vehicle for a replacement label.


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Page last updated 13 December 2019

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