Summary of controls
These controls do not apply to dangerous goods that are:
There are also exemptions from these controls for privately transported dangerous goods − small quantities, single consignments of small receptacles and certain quantities carried as tools of trade.
These controls also do not apply to class 1 (explosives) or class 7 (radioactive substances) as they are regulated under separate legislation and codes of practice.
What controls apply?
Most dangerous goods transport can be grouped into three types, depending on the size of the receptacles and the total quantity of goods transported. Different levels of controls apply to each of these types.
|Type of transport||Controls required|
1. Less than placard load
2. Placard load
Receptacles up to and including 500 L capacity
and containing up to and including 500 kg of dangerous goods
(previously called ‘packaged’ dangerous goods*)
- placards (class labels)
- transport documents
- emergency information
- emergency information holder
- double-sided reflectors
- one 30B fire extinguisher
- driver protective equipment
- dangerous goods stowed correctly
- dangerous goods segregated
3. Placard load
Receptacles over 500 L capacity
or containing over 500 kg of dangerous goods
(previously called ‘bulk’ dangerous goods*)
*The current dangerous goods transport legislation and ADG Code no longer use the terms 'packaged' and 'bulk'
Dangerous goods controls
See these other guides to the requirements for transporting dangerous goods:
Page last updated: 10 May 2013