Accreditation - NHVAS

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and NHVAS

The responsibility of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) has transferred to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

Based in Brisbane, the NHVR is Australia's first national, independent Regulator for all vehicles over 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM).

This means that customers will deal directly with the new Regulator for all NHVAS applications, renewals and queries. Operators can apply and pay for NHVAS modules upfront and online through web-based 'smart forms' in one easy, step-by-step process. Operators can also submit applications by mail, fax or email.

There are no changes to existing application fees, or to the NHVAS business rules.

See the NHVR website for information guides, forms and other NHVAS information, or contact the NHVR on 1300 My NHVR (1300 696 487).

Benefits of accreditation

Mass Management

Accredited operators in the Mass Management module can access additional mass concessions. These concessions allow a vehicle to operate at Concessional Mass Limits (CML) for general access to the road network. You can also apply to operate at Higher Mass Limits (HML) for specific routes if you meet additional operating conditions.

Maintenance Management

Operators accredited in the Maintenance Management module are provided an exemption of the requirement to have vehicles inspected annually for the purposes of registration. To be provided with the exemption vehicles must be adequately maintained and comply with all applicable vehicle standards at all times.

Basic Fatigue Management (BFM)

BFM replaces the Transitional Fatigue Management Scheme (TFMS). BFM accreditation offers more flexible hours and retains the ability to work 14 hour shifts. BFM gives operators a greater say in when they can work and rest providing the risks of working long and night hours are properly managed.

Advanced Fatigue Management

Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) brings a genuine risk management approach to managing fatigue, rather than prescribing work and rest hours. It offers more flexible hours than Standard Hours or Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) in return for the operator demonstrating greater accountability for managing fatigue risks. Under AFM drivers may be allowed to split their continuous rest break for more flexibility.