Placard requirements

A vehicle carrying a dangerous goods load must be appropriately placarded in accordance with the Australian Dangerous Goods Code. This means the vehicle must display details of the dangerous goods class/division and if required, emergency information panels.

A placard is a label or emergency information panel displayed on the cargo transport unit, placardable unit or vehicle transporting dangerous goods. It can be:

  • fixed to, or placed in a frame fixed to, the unit or vehicle
  • stencilled or printed directly onto the unit or vehicle.

The following table outlines the placard requirements for dangerous goods loads, as specified in the Australian Dangerous Goods Code:

Dangerous goods in a cargo transport unit

Placard load quantity and licensing requirements

(a) Dangerous goods in a receptacle with a:

  • capacity greater than 500L
  • or
  • net mass greater than 500kg.

Receptacles are containment vessels for receiving and holding substances or articles, including any means of closing

A placard is required for 1 or more such receptacles - for example, 1 or more placardable units.

A dangerous goods driver and vehicle licence is required

(b) Includes any quantity of:

  • Division 2.1 (flammable gases) – except aerosols
  • or
  • Division 2.3 (toxic gases)
  • or
  • Packing group 1 (substances presenting high danger)

A placard is required if the aggregate quantity of the dangerous goods in the transport unit are equal to or greater than 250kg or 250L.

No dangerous goods vehicle or driver licence is required

(c) Division 6.2 (infectious substances) – category A

A placard is required for all quantities.

No dangerous goods vehicle or driver licence is required

(d) Division 6.2 (infectious substances) – other than category A

A placard is required for more than or equal to 10kg or 10L.

No dangerous goods vehicle or driver licence is required

(e) Limited quantities dangerous goods and/or domestic consumer commodities (defined as 1.2.1) - see Note 5

≥ 2,000kg(L)

(f) All loads where placarding is not required by (a), (b), (c), (d) or (e)

A placard is required if the aggregate quantity of dangerous goods equal to or greater than 1,000kg or 1,000L, unless the load is:

  • a Fumigated Unit (UN 3359) see Note 3.
  • No dangerous goods vehicle or driver licence is required

    Note 1: For placarding quantities of Class 1 (explosives), refer to the Australian Explosives Code. Contact the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy for further information.

    Note 2: For placarding quantities of Class 7 (radioactive material), refer to the Code of Practice for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Substances. Contact Queensland Health for further information.

    Note 3: A Fumigated Unit (UN 3359) complying with Chapter 5.5 of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code that does not contain any other dangerous goods is not a placard load, and should not be included in the total quantity of dangerous goods when determining a placard load.

    Note 4: For land transport wholly within Australia, this Code requires placards to be displayed on cargo transport units if they contain a placard load, as determined from Table 5.3. It should be noted that cargo transport units containing lesser quantities may need to be placarded in accordance with the IMDG Code before they are acceptable for transport by sea, even within Australian waters.

    Note 5: When transporting a load of limited quantities dangerous goods and/or domestic consumer commodities (defined in 1.2.1) with other dangerous goods the applicable placard load quantity applies to the most stringent requirement.

    For more information contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads at dgu@tmr.qld.gov.au.

    Interstate contacts

    Contact an interstate competent authority for information on dangerous goods regulations, licensing and classifications outside of Queensland.

    Contact

    General enquiries 13 QGOV (13 74 68)