About The Master Code for Heavy Vehicle Safety

This Registered Industry Code of Practice (RICP), known as the Master Code, was developed by Safe Trucking and Supply Chains Limited, a jointly owned company of the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) and Australian Trucking Association (ATA).

The Master Code was developed in accordance with the Guidelines for industry codes of practice under section 705 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and assessed as qualifying for registration by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) under section 706 of the HVNL.

The content of the Master Code was informed by extensive consultation with industry through various public forums involving a wide range of industry participants.

This Master Code applies to all parties in the supply chain of a heavy vehicle, known as the Chain of Responsibility (CoR).

It provides practical guidance on how to manage risks associated with their transport activities, including the four core areas under the HVNL:

  • Speed compliance
  • Fatigue Management
  • Mass, dimension and loading
  • Vehicle standards

The Master Code was endorsed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator for registration on 23 November 2018, and was made publicly available on 29 November 2018.


ALC Master Code Auditing Service (AMCAS)

The ALC Master Code Auditing Service (AMCAS) is a subscriber-based service that the ALC offers to its members and their supply chain partners.

AMCAS helps parties in the chain of responsibility audit their compliance with the Master Code for heavy vehicle safety. It is not limited to transport operators. AMCAS is specifically designed to assist others in the supply chain – including retailers, producers, suppliers, distribution centres and logistics businesses – monitor and verify the safety of their transport activities.

AMCAS subscribers are able to access the AMCAS auditing system developed by the ALC to capture transport-related risks within an organisation’s broader safety management system. AMCAS connects subscribers with an appropriately qualified auditor who can;

  • audit safety management systems against the Master Code; and
  • identify any corrective actions that must be taken in order for subscribers to comply with the Master Code.

Upon successful completion of an AMCAS audit, a certificate is issued to the AMCAS subscriber confirming the results of their audit.

Further Information

Further information is available in the AMCAS Audit Framework. If you have any further questions regarding the Master Code or AMCAS, please contact:

Julia Collins – ALC Safety Manager

Phone: (02) 6273 0755

Email: julia.collins@austlogistics.com.au

How to Join

Four simple steps to sign up to AMCAS:

Step 1: In order to use AMCAS, first read the AMCAS Subscriber Licence Terms and Conditions and then complete an AMCAS Subscriber Application Form.

Step 2: Email your completed form to: julia.collins@austlogistics.com.au

Step 3: On receipt of your application, the ALC will invoice your organisation the relevant licence fee.

Step 4: Once the licence fee is paid, you will be provided with access to the ALC’s web-based auditing system and enter into a commercial arrangement with an approved ALC audit provider to schedule site(s) audits.


How can AMCAS help your business?

By undertaking an AMCAS audit, subscribers can be confident they are complying with the Master Code, and accordingly are improving the safety and legal compliance of their business activities.

AMCAS certification can provide assurance to existing and potential customers and clients that your business is committed to continuous improvement and best practice in relation to heavy vehicle safety.

By ensuring your compliance with the Master Code through an AMCAS audit, you are also helping to protect your business against the adverse reputational, financial and legal consequences that can flow from being involved in a heavy vehicle incident or a breach of the HVNL.

The AMCAS subscription includes:

  • Coordination and recognition of AMCAS and equivalent audits to avoid duplication of audits  
  • Access to a secure, web-based auditing system that allows you to manage your compliance and that of your supply chain partners through streamlined workflows and improved visibility, including tracking any corrective actions
  • Access to an audit tool which is aligned to the Master Code, is designed to suit a range of businesses and can also be used for internal audits
  • Assessing compliance against the key elements of a safety management system that may cover your broader Work Health and Safety risks as well as those associated with transport activities
  • Access to qualified, experienced and consistent auditors who are able to understand if risk controls are effective
  • Certificate issued on completion of audit/or corrective actions

What does it cost?

Subscriber annual licence fees:

Small business (carrier: less than 50 heavy vehicles, non-carrier: less than 50 contractors/employees)

$580.00 (ex GST)

Medium business (carrier: 50>99 heavy vehicles, non-carrier: 50>99 contractors/employees)

$2,890.00 (ex GST)

Large business (carrier: 100 or more heavy vehicles, non-carrier: 100 or more contractors/employees)

$5,780.00 (ex GST)

Auditors will charge an additional fee per audit, which may vary depending on the nature and size of your business.

What is required to subscribe to AMCAS?

In order to use AMCAS, subscribers must first complete an application form, pay the licence fee, and agree to adhere to the AMCAS Subscriber Licence Terms and Conditions.

You will then be provided with access to the ALC’s web-based auditing system and enter into a commercial arrangement with an approved ALC audit provider to schedule site(s) audits.

New AMCAS subscribers must undergo an Entry Audit within three months of submitting an application and paying the licence fee.

All AMCAS subscribers must also undertake compliance audits at least every two years, and undertake corrective actions and triggered audits as and when required.

What is the status of the previous ALC Codes?

The Master Code and AMCAS has replaced the Retail Logistics Safety Code, the National Logistics Safety Code, the Australian Steel Institute – Logistics Safety Code and the Coal Seam Gas – Logistics Safety Code.

Existing signatories of these codes who become AMCAS subscribers do not need to complete an AMCAS Entry Audit.


Where can I find out more about AMCAS or the Master Code?

Please contact:

Julia Collins – ALC Safety Manager

Phone: (02) 6273 0755

Mobile: 0434 669 538

Email: Julia.collins@austlogistics.com.au