Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment Scheme (HVCBA)

Under regulation 49 of the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Regulation 2008 (NSW), Roads and Maritime Services has established the Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) Scheme for the purpose of assessing Applicants for the issue, reissue or renewal of a Heavy Vehicle Licence.

Latest news - 1 September 2015

Roads and Maritime Services continues to demonstrate its commitment to improving and strengthening the HVCBA scheme by separating training and assessment roles to reduce any potential conflict of interest that could arise in the process leading to the award of Heavy Vehicle Licensing.

From 1 September 2015, the new scheme condition requires that the assessor who conducts an applicant’s assessment is independent of the person delivering the training to ensure greater integrity of the HVCBA licensing system. Some exemptions apply.

The changes follow consultation with training organisations and industry bodies and road shows across NSW in July attended by industry representatives, RTOs and assessors at North Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo and Tamworth.

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What is the HVCBA Scheme?

HVCBA with an accredited provider is the primary method for applicants to obtain a heavy vehicle licence in NSW. A provider is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that has applied to Roads and Maritime to be accredited to conduct assessments of applicants for a heavy vehicle licence, and to issue Certificates of Competence in respect of applicants for a heavy vehicle licence.

HVCBA has been designed to allow for greater flexibility to best suit industry needs. Applicants that undertake HVCBA have the ability to select their own HVCBA provider, learn and be assessed in a vehicle of their choice and arrange their own appointment times.

In some areas outside of the Sydney, Newcastle and Illawarra regions, applicants are also offered the option of undertaking a Roads and Maritime heavy vehicle driving test at a registry or service centre.

Information on scheme requirements and becoming an accredited provider are detailed in the document Becoming a Roads and Maritime Approved RTO/Assessor under the HVCBA Scheme.

Registered Training Organisations (RTO)

View the list of accredited RTOs.

Documents and forms

Documents register

1 September 2015

This register is to provide RTOs with a list of current and retired HVCBA Scheme policies and procedures developed and issued by Roads and Maritime, thus assisting RTOs to remain up to date and compliant with their scheme Accreditation Agreement.

Accreditation Agreement for HVCBA (2015)

Applying for high risk variations - clause 4.2(d) requirements

Assessment Standards and Requirements

Becoming a Roads and Maritime-approved RTO/Assessor under the HVCBA Scheme

Changes from 1 December 2014 and other Scheme Questions

Code of Conduct for the HVCBA Scheme

Fit and Proper Policy for the HVCBA Scheme

Frequently Asked Questions

HVCBA Scheme: Separation of Training and Assessment - Clause 4.2 (d) and other Scheme Questions

In-Cabin Cameras - Monitoring Heavy Vehicle Assessments

Record Keeping and Data Management

RTO Self-Assessment and Reporting Requirements

Service Charter

This Service Charter describes Roads and Maritime’s commitment to our HVCBA RTOs and Assessors. It details what they can expect when working with us to deliver Heavy Vehicle Licensing to our NSW customers via the HVCBA Training and Assessment process and the level of service we aim to provide.

Specification: Separation of training and assessment

--- Q&As: Separation of training and assessment

Using the Heavy Vehicle Competency Online Reporting System (HVCORS)

May 2016

Version 0.4 - 15 May 2016

Annual Self Assessment Reporting Tool

Application form - RTO application to register under HVCBA

Assessment summary - FCA/CT - HVCBA Scheme

External User Account Request - Heavy Vehicle Competency Online Reporting System (HVCORS)

High Risk Variation - Clause 4.2(d)

Report of non-compliance - FCA/CT

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