When is this licence required?
A dangerous goods vehicle licence is required for road tank vehicles where the tank forms an integral part of the vehicle.
The dangerous goods vehicle licence is issued for five years.
This licence does not apply to vehicles where a removable tank has been bolted on to, or attached to a vehicle and does not structurally comprise part of the vehicle.
Licences can only be issued in the name of the registered owner of the vehicle.
Interstate transport of dangerous goods
Although some vehicles do not require licensing in Western Australia, they may need a Western Australian dangerous goods vehicle licence if they are used to transport dangerous goods to other States or Territories that require such a vehicle to be licensed.
If a vehicle is registered and based in another State or Territory that requires it to have a dangerous goods vehicle licence, the licence must be obtained from that jurisdiction.
When is a dangerous goods vehicle licence not required?
Drivers and vehicles transporting intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) do not require licensing if the total capacity on the vehicle is no more than 3000 litres and they are not filled or emptied on the vehicle.
Holders of current dangerous goods vehicle licences issued in other States or Territories may transport dangerous goods in Western Australia without being licensed in Western Australia.
Existing dangerous goods vehicle licences
Some owners have more than one vehicle used in the bulk transport of dangerous goods. The regulations require applicants to notify the department’s Chief Dangerous Goods Officer at the time of application of the details for other dangerous goods vehicle licences held.
Transport of ammonium nitrate
Substances containing more than 45 per cent ammonium nitrate are classified as security sensitive ammonium nitrate. Any vehicle used for the transport of security sensitive ammonium nitrate must have a dangerous goods vehicle licence and the operator will also need to hold a security sensitive ammonium nitrate transport licence.
Operators must prepare and lodge a security plan for the security sensitive ammonium nitrate transport licence to demonstrate that all aspects of their operation can be performed in a secure manner.
Any driver with unsupervised access to ammonium nitrate must:
- hold a current dangerous goods driver licence
- hold a current WA dangerous goods security card
- be authorised by their employer as a secure nominee.
See What is required for security sensitive ammonium nitrate licences? for more information on security plans and security clearances.
Who can apply?
The registered owner of a vehicle can apply for a dangerous goods vehicle licence.
The applicant must:
- have a current motor vehicle registration issued under the Road Traffic Act 1974 or Federal Interstate Road Transport Act 1985 in the name of the applicant
- ensure the vehicle and its operation complies with the Australian Dangerous Goods Code, 7th edition
- hold a minimum public liability insurance policy of five million dollars (AUD5,000,000) to transport a placard load of dangerous goods.
The Australian Dangerous Goods Code, 7th Edition (ADG Code) is available from the National Transport Commission.
The completed and signed application must be lodged with the supporting documentation, which is:
- the original or the original certified document (where a copy is requested this does not apply)
- dated not more than six months before the day your application is received by the department.
Applications for a dangerous goods vehicle licence must be accompanied by specific information.
Failure to provide the required documentation will delay processing of applications. Most applications are dealt with within 20 business days.
Department of Transport inspection (MR1) certificate
The MR1 certificate shows that the vehicle has passed a roadworthiness inspection conducted by the Department of Transport, accredited agent or an interstate equivalent.It is required for both new and renewal applications.
The certificate must be dated not more than six months before the day the application is lodged.
An MR1 certificate is not required for new vehicles in the first year of the motor vehicle registration.
The Department of Transport has details on where to get your vehicle examined.
Current motor vehicle registration
- the vehicle must be registered in the same name as the licence applicant.
- the vehicle registration is only required for new applications.
Tank design approval
- document(s) issued by the relevant competent authority stating the design has been assessed against the requirements of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code, 7th edition.
- the document(s) must include the following information
- tank type
- material of construction
- tank capacity
- number of compartments
- serial number
- approval number
- date of approval.
Court order, if applicable
- A certified copy of a court order prohibiting involvement in the transport of dangerous goods by road.
This does not apply for holders of New Zealand explosives driver licences who must apply for mutual recognition of their licences.
The licence fee payable covers the 5 year period of the licence.
For information regarding application fees please see Schedule of fees and charges.
Notification of changes of details
If you have access to SRS, you can log on to SRS to amend any of your personal details. Any change will flow through to other licences you hold.
A prime contractor transporting a placard load of dangerous goods in WA must:
- be an approved emergency responder
- have a contract with an approved emergency responder.
The role of the emergency responder is to control the clean-up response that may result from an incident involving a road vehicle transporting the dangerous goods.
What is the role of approved emergency responders?
There are general criteria regarding the transportation of dangerous goods and explosives. These are addressed in What are the route restrictions for dangerous goods and explosives transport?
For any enquiries please contact Dangerous Goods Licensing:
Phone: (08) 9358 8001