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Transport documents

When are transport documents required?

Transport documents are generally required at all times dangerous goods are being transported, except in certain exempted circumstances.

What must consignors do?

Consignors who send dangerous goods for transport by road must ensure the prime contractor or driver has a transport document describing the dangerous goods.

What must prime contractors do?

Prime contractors who are responsible for transporting dangerous goods must ensure the driver has been given a transport document for each consignment of dangerous goods.

What must drivers do?

Drivers must ensure their transport documents are carried in the vehicle’s cabin, and make them available to any authorised person and emergency services if requested. If the vehicle is transporting a placard load, transport documents must be carried in the emergency information holder, if practical.

What information is required on transport documents?

The following information − in English and legible − is required to fully complete a transport document:

  1. Consignor's name and telephone number
  2. A description of the dangerous goods including:
    • United Nations number (UN number)
    • the proper shipping name, or the name of the goods which appears on the packaging or receptacle
    • dangerous goods class or division
    • subsidiary risk (if applicable)
    • packing group (if applicable)
    • a description of each receptacle, e.g. 'drum' or 'intermediate bulk container' (IBC).

    Much of this information should be available from the package label, safety data sheet (SDS) for the product, or from the product’s supplier, manufacturer or importer.

  3. The number of packages or receptacles of each type.
  4. The 'aggregate quantity' of the goods. This is the total quantity in litres and/or kilograms of each separate type of dangerous good being transported. At all times the aggregate quantities shown must reflect the actual quantities currently on the vehicle. It must be updated as dangerous goods are unloaded from the vehicle. (This does not apply to tank vehicles transporting class 2 gases.)

Transport document forms

There is no standard form for a transport document for land transport of dangerous goods in Australia. Transport documents may be in any suitable format, provided all the required information is included. A blank transport document can be downloaded to print and complete.

Transport document example

Transport document

Consignor's name                                                     Consignor's contact number
Jones Australia Pty Ltd                                              (02) 8888 8888
Parramatta NSW 2222

Order number J44376

Brown & Jolly
Stuart Terrace
Richley Heights NSW 2879

Invoice number    83456

Date                        30 November 2011

Transported by
SCD Transport
Petersham NSW

UN number

Proper shipping name

Class/ division

Subsidiary risk

Packing group

Container type

Number of containers

Aggregate quantity





200 L drum


400 L


Sulfuric acid, fuming




1 L bottle

5 cartons

15 L


Washing powder





10 cartons

400 kg


Combination vehicles

When dangerous goods are transported in a placard load on a combination road vehicle such as a B-Double, the transport documentation must indicate which dangerous goods are stowed in each trailer.

Residues/uncleaned packagings

Intermediate bulk containers, tank vehicles and others containing only residues must also be described as such on transport documents, as far as practical, by showing empty/uncleaned or residues or similar.

Empty packaging, such as dangerous goods drums that have not been cleaned or contain only residues, may be described in a transport document simply as empty DG drums, DG residues or similar. A full description is not required in these cases.

Waste dangerous goods

Transport documents are required for wastes which are also dangerous goods.

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Page last updated: 10 May 2013