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LBRCA on case for GHMS and driver training assessment

Class 3 exemption notice expiry due, NSWLLS being updated


The Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) is looking to get members ahead of the curve as harvest weight exemptions near expiry in New South Wales and Victoria.

The New South Wales Class 3 Grain Harvest Management Scheme Mass Exemption Notice 2016 (No. 1) comes to an end on June 30 and Victoria’s iteration next year.

The LBRCA notes Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is currently working with the NHVR and Victoria to ensure harmonisation without exclusion of other states.

Remaking of the NSW GHMS Notice is expected to:

  • Take into consideration the NHVR’s national review of such notices
  • Consult on proposals to the GHMS Notice and, once drafted, consult on the draft GHMS Notice
  • Investigate improvements to the eligible vehicle list
  • Require new participating grain receiver (PGR) signed undertakings and road manager consent
  • Include development of an information sheet or operators guide for the GHMS.

“To gather initial feedback on the remake of the GHMS Notice and to capture information from NSW operators, farmers, participating and non-participating grain receivers, participating and non-participating councils we will be sending out a survey in early 2021,” LBRCA says.

The survey will outline the proposals for the GHMS, these include:

  • All eligible vehicles will be required to be enrolled in the telematics application Road Infrastructure Management (RIM)
  • Harmonisation, where possible and in alignment with the NHVRs National review.

The survey will also aim to gather information on:

  • Stakeholders views on the application of RIM to the GHMS
  • Opportunities for harmonisation with other jurisdictions
  • The inclusion or exclusion of eligible vehicles for consideration
  • Identifying opportunities to increase participation in the GHMS.

“Consideration of the wording with regard to section 10 of the Notice which details delivery to first practicable participating grain receiver, so as not to limit competition, delivery to crush plants, or any further opportunities realised through consultation,” LBRCA says.

It will distribute the survey to all members once released and seek members’ input.

Read about the NHVR’s view on GMHS harmonisation, here

Meanwhile, the LBRCA and TfNSW updating the NSW Livestock Loading Scheme (NSWLLS) driver training to a new NSWLLS Driver Learning and Assessment to begin on March 5.

The NSWLLS Driver Learning and Assessment aims to incorporate industry leading safety requirements for the management of loads and best-practice animal-welfare outcomes.

The improved education is expected to provide a more flexible learning opportunity to participating drivers and ensures consistency in education.

The next step is to engage NSWLLS assessors to deliver practical assessments to help drivers obtain their NSWLLS Driver Card. 

To seek approval as an assessor, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • TAESS00011 Assessor Skill Set (or equivalent) and two years minimum experience in livestock loading or a minimum of five years of industry experience in livestock loading;
  • A demonstrated ability to organise Assessments including supply and use of suitable tablet device (minimum device requirements set out in the Assessor Guide) and processing of trainee applications;
  • Provide evidence of relevant business insurances acceptable to TfNSW; and
  • Maintain ongoing compliance with the Assessor Guide and Assessor Agreement. (together, the Assessor Eligibility Criteria).

To ensure a consistent and professional approach to the delivery of the assessment, assessors will be required to:

  • Attend a one day assessor induction workshop arranged by TfNSW; and
  • Enter into an ‘Assessor Agreement’ with TfNSW.

LBRCA members interested in becoming a NSWLLS assessor are urged to contact the LBRCA secretariat on 02 6295 6651 for further information.  

They can also visit the RMS website for more information on the scheme and the new driver training requirements. 


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