Australian Dangerous Goods Code

The purpose of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG Code) is to provide consistent technical requirements for the land transport of dangerous goods across Australia. The ADG Code should be read in conjunction with relevant state or territory law. The ADG Code adopts the structure, format, definitions and concepts of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations while retaining some Australian specific provisions. It also incorporates additional provisions for the transport of infectious substances.

The ADG Code lists provisions applicable to the transport of dangerous goods including:

  • classification;
  • packaging and performance testing;
  • use of bulk containers, IBCs, freight containers and unit loads;
  • marking and placarding;
  • vehicle requirements;
  • segregation and stowage;
  • transfer of bulk dangerous goods;
  • documentation;
  • safety equipment;
  • procedures during transport emergencies; and
  • the dangerous goods list with UN numbers.

The ADG Code also contains an information guide, a section outlining key changes and a section with frequently asked questions. The ADG Code does not contain all requirements and guidelines relating to the transport of explosives, radioactive materials, waste products and other environmentally hazardous substances unless those products or substances are also dangerous goods within the meaning of the Code.

Copies of the ADG Code can be freely accessed from the National Transport Commission Website