Following a recommendation by the Productivity Commission’s research report on chemicals and plastics regulation, the Australian Transport Council has agreed to make the 7th Edition of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG7) available for free download.
“Making the Dangerous Goods Code available for free internet download ensures the industry has ready access to the new laws,” said National Transport Commission (NTC) chief executive Nick Dimopoulos.
“The decision by Ministers will promote wider understanding of ADG7’s new requirements and smooth the transition for industry.”
Australia’s transport ministers also agreed to implement legislation for the ADG7 on 1 January 2009. The delay supports uniform implementation across all states and territories (except Tasmania and ACT).
A national transition period of 12 months will expire on 31 December, 2009. The 6th Edition of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG6) applies as an alternative to ADG7 during the transition period
NTC will post links to the local laws implementing the ADG7 as they are passed. Until then, please contact your local competent authority. Contact details can be found here: Dangerous Goods – Competent Authorities
To download the ADG7 CLICK HERE
ADG6 can also be downloaded from the (NTC) website until 31 December 2009 here: Dangerous Goods – Home Page
In addition, ministers agreed on amendments necessary for the effective functioning of the legislation. The changes will be available for download from the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments shortly.