The National Transport Commission (NTC) has announced a full review into the Australian Dangerous Goods Code that will focus on the transport of all Dangerous Goods by road and rail.
The NTC has stated that this review is an opportunity for Australia to better align with international practices and to leverage international processes to ensure all aspects of the code are regularly updated.
It is hoped that by improving international alignment, that it will make it easier for Australia to participate in the global economy. The review will aim to better align the code with the:
Given that the Australian shooting industry is heavily reliant on the ability to transport class 1 explosives, SIFA has lobbied the NTC for our inclusion as a primary stakeholder in the consultation process. We are happy to advise that we have been accepted.
Following our involvement in negotiating freight solutions for our industry, it became apparent that freight providers struggled with several requirements within the current codes. In some instances they are outdated, not fit for purpose or poorly worded.
This review has the potential to provide significant benefit our industry, however as with all these reviews, the devil is in the detail!
In taking the lead, SIFA has drawn on the professional expertise and resources available within our membership, who are already considering how aligning with the ADR and RID will affect our industry.
Our involvement in this process will be the perfect opportunity to advocate for sensible change that will benefit the entire industry.
This process will likely take 18 months to complete before recommendations are considered by the NTC.