Dangerous goods frequently asked questions
Dangerous goods driver licensing questions
Dangerous goods vehicle licensing questions
Dangerous goods publications questions
When do I need to hold a dangerous goods driver licence?
You must hold a dangerous goods licence whenever you are transporting dangerous goods in a receptacle with a capacity of more than 500 litres (L) or more than 500 kilograms (kg). You do not need this licence if you are transporting dangerous goods in an intermediate bulk container, the intermediate bulk container is not packed or unpacked while on the vehicle and the total capacity of the intermediate bulk containers is not more than 3000L.
Note: an intermediate bulk container is a rigid or flexible portable packaging for transporting dangerous goods that has been tested by the requirements of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code and is designed for mechanical handling.
What about interstate dangerous goods driver licence holders?
If you hold a current interstate dangerous goods driver licence, you can drive a dangerous goods vehicle anywhere in Queensland.
If you become a resident of Queensland, there is no requirement to change your dangerous goods driver licence to Queensland. You may continue to use your interstate dangerous goods driver licence until it expires.
At least 6 weeks before your interstate dangerous goods driver licence expires, you must apply for a Queensland dangerous goods driver licence.
Who is eligible to obtain a dangerous goods driver licence?
To be eligible to apply for this licence you must:
- be a Queensland resident
- hold a current Queensland open driver licence (or current Queensland probationary or restricted driver licence where you have previously held an open driver licence)
- obtain a Medical Certificate for Motor Vehicle Driver (form F3712) or a Truck Safe Medical issued by a qualified health professional who, in the 6 months prior to application, examined the applicant in accordance with the publication Assessing Fitness to Drive, Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers (March 2012).
- have completed an approved dangerous goods driver training course, dated not more than 6 months before the application is made (Our dangerous goods page has a list of Registered Training Organisations)
- have an acceptable criminal history and traffic history.
How long is a dangerous goods driver licence issued for?
A dangerous goods driver licence is issued for a period of 3 years.
How do I apply for a dangerous goods driver licence?
To apply for a dangerous goods driver licence you must lodge the following to a selected dangerous goods licensing customer service centre that can process this type of business transaction.
To apply you must:
Do I need a dangerous goods driver licence when transporting diesel?
You do not require a dangerous goods driver licence when transporting diesel only. Diesel, when transported on its own in Australia by road, is not classified as dangerous goods for transport purposes.
A dangerous goods driver licence is required when diesel is transported together with Class 3 (Flammable Liquids) in compartments of a multiple compartment portable tank or tank vehicle. The load then becomes refined petroleum products dangerous goods and is identified under the name of Petroleum Products, UN1270.
When do I need a dangerous goods vehicle licence?
When do I need to hold a dangerous goods driver licence? information is the same for dangerous goods vehicle licence and dangerous goods driver licence.
A person or business may have one or more vehicles on their dangerous goods vehicle licence.
A vehicle, for the purpose of a dangerous goods vehicle licence, does not include prime movers or converter dollys.
How do I apply for a dangerous goods vehicle licence?
Dangerous goods vehicle licence applications are processed through selected customer service centres. You must complete an application form and pay a fee (per vehicle) calculated on the size of the vehicle you are licensing.
How long is a vehicle licence issued for?
The dangerous goods vehicle licence is issued for a period of 1 year. The dangerous goods vehicle licence is suspended if the vehicle registration lapses or is cancelled.
A vehicle label is issued for each vehicle contained on the dangerous goods vehicle licence. These labels must be displayed in an obvious place on the vehicle.
Do I need a dangerous goods vehicle licence when transporting diesel?
See Do I need a dangerous goods driver licence when transporting diesel?
Where can I access the dangerous goods legislation?
The legislative provisions for the transport of dangerous goods by road in Queensland is detailed in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 and the Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Dangerous Goods) Regulation 2008. Access to this legislation is through the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel.
Where can I purchase a copy of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code?
The seventh edition of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG7) is available in hard copy from CanPrint Communications. A free electronic version is available from the National Transport Commission website.
CanPrint Communications details are:
PO Box 7456
Australian Capital Territory 2610
Telephone: 1300 889 873
Fax: +61 2 6293 8333
Where can I purchase an Emergency Procedures Guide or Initial Emergency Response Guide?
Emergency Procedures Guides (EPG's) and the Dangerous Goods Initial Emergency Response Guide may be purchased from:
- SAI Global Limited
Telephone: 1300 654 646or 13 12 42
Alternatively, copies of EPGs may be located at some dangerous goods sign retailers or from the supplier of the dangerous goods.