Introduction

The National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) is a formal process for recognising operators who have robust safety and other management systems in place. It is also increasingly being used to show compliance with general duty requirements under road transport law.

You can apply for accreditation in the following modules:

  • Mass Management – if you're accredited in this module you can access additional mass concessions. These concessions allow vehicles to operate at mass limits above the national general limits.
  • Maintenance Management – if you're accredited in this module you must maintain your vehicles and comply with all the relevant standards. Some jurisdictions require annual inspections as part of their registration process, but will grant exemptions to vehicles with maintenance management.
  • Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) – with this accreditation you can operate under more flexible work and rest hours, as long as the risks of driver fatigue are properly managed.
  • Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) – ​ rather than specifying work and rest hours, AFM offers more flexibility than BFM in return for your demonstrating greater accountability for managing your drivers’ fatigue risks.

What you'll need

  • a compliance management system in place
  • a completed compliance history declaration for you and any of your associates, relevant to the NHVAS module you're applying for
  • a National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Audit Report signed by an auditor registered with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR)
  • all documentation and forms applicable to your selected module, as set out in the relevant module guides​
  • the completed NHVAS accreditation application form – PDF.

How to apply

  1. Check all eligibility requirements
  2. Complete the NHVAS accreditation application form – PDF
  3. Gather all the required documentation for your selected module.
  4. Submit your application:
  • online, or
  • by email, fax or post, to the details on the form.

Who's eligible?

To be eligible, you must: 

  • develop and maintain a compliance management system in line with relevant standards
  • document the procedures that staff must follow within the management system to maintain compliance
  • produce (and keep for audit) documents and other evidence that prove compliance with the standards and law. This includes a five-year compliance history declaration, and
  • undergo an independent audit.

Things to keep in mind...

  • for Mass or Maintenance Management the 'Vehicle particulars' section must be completed
  • if you're adding vehicles to Maintenance Management, you'll need to provide proof of roadworthiness
  • for BFM or AFM the 'Drivers under Fatigue Management' section must be completed
  • if you're applying online, you don't need to complete page 7 of the form
  • the form needs to be signed by the company director or the individual applying for the accreditation
  • prior to granting accreditation, the NHVR may consult relevant state and territory jurisdictions in order to determine your suitability to join the scheme
  • for BFM and AFM, you must:
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