ALRTA News – 23 June 2023



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Today ALRTA is holding the official launch of the registered industry code of practice ‘Managing effluent in the livestock supply chain’. In attendance is local politicians, NHVR, ALRTA Executives, supply chain participants and media.

Sue Davies, ALRTA Project Officer, preparing for the launch at the ALRTA National Secretariat.

The enforceable new code promotes a more cooperative approach, addressing animal preparation and communication. It will improve road safety, amenity, biosecurity, animal welfare and community support for our important industry.

Click here to download the code.


ALRTA President, Scott McDonald and ALRTA Executive Director, Mat Munro attended the 2023 LRTASA Annual Conference in Adelaide last week. 

Luckily the weather was sunny for the return of golf this year, the traditional lamb cutlets were delicious, and the member turnout was great.

Keynote address by SA Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP.
Frank Tedesco, Mat Munro, Scott McDonald and Wade Lewis.
Wade Lewis presents on Electronic NVD.


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has launched a new Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) digital application pack in the NHVR Portal to better support the heavy vehicle industry to access safe and tailored fatigue risk management options.

NHVR Acting Chief Executive Officer, Raymond Hassall said the NHVR had worked closely with the heavy vehicle industry to develop the new application pack, which is designed to remove unnecessary complexity and provide improved guidance. 

“AFM provides transport operators with the ability to tailor work and rest options within outer work limits, so long as they can demonstrate appropriate risk controls and transparency in their operations,” Mr Hassall said.

“As Australia’s safety regulator, we are committed to supporting operators and drivers to work together to ensure drivers are behind the wheel when they are most fit, and resting when they are tired.

“The new AFM application pack has reduced 40 pages of paperwork into an online tool that includes a step-by-step process with templates, real world work and rest hour examples and risk controls so there is no need to start from scratch.

“While standard hours suit many businesses, AFM provides those operators who want to establish a more fit for purpose approach to managing fatigue safety risks and be transparent about what they are doing.”

The application pack was launched at the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of South Australia (LRTASA) Conference in Adelaide.

President of the LRTASA Frank Tedesco said the new approach would greatly support livestock and rural transporters, particularly due to the unique nature of transporting live loads. 

“Livestock transporters can often face uncertainty and complex situations during journeys,” Mr Tedesco said.

“Having the flexibility get to a safe location will minimise stress on drivers and improve safety outcomes.

“The new application pack makes it clear what safety practices are expected to offset fatigue safety risks and is customizable so each business can tailor to their own needs.” 

AFM is a module within the NHVR’s National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS), that provides a performance-based approach to fatigue risk management. AFM applications are still assessed against the ministerially approved NHVAS Business Rules and Standards.

Features of new AFM Application Pack:
1. Online tool in the NHVR Portal that includes fillable forms and templates,
reducing complexity and unnecessary paperwork
2. Supported by a dedicated case manager who will work directly with transport
businesses every step of the way in completing, lodging and providing post
application support.
3. Real world work and rest hours examples based on common AFM approved
schedules, meaning there is no need for businesses to start from scratch.
4. Selection of customizable risk controls and counter measures that operators can
select to offset and manage fatigue safety risks.
5. Automatically generated safety case to support AFM applications, provided in a
downloadable and consistent format.

The NHVR will continue to work with industry to improve the information in the AFM application pack and update the content to ensure it remains fit for purpose.

The new application pack is available under the accreditation menu in the NHVR Portal:

For all enquiries, please contact

Emma Higginson of NHVR launched the Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) digital application pack at the LRTASA conference in Adelaide.


  • LRTAWA/NATIONAL Combined Conference – 4-5 August 2023 – Abbey Beach Resort, BUSSELTON WA
  • LRTAV – 11-12 August 2023 – Mercure, BALLARAT VIC
  • LRTAQ – 28-29 September 2023 – The Ville Resort, TOWNSVILLE – QLD


  • LBRCA – 23-24 February 2024 – WAGGA WAGGA NSW