10 March 2022
In February 2022, the NTC circulated a consultation draft of proposed amendments to the Model Subordinate Instrument on the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road or Rail (MSI). The MSI provides the states and territories with a model for their dangerous goods laws.
The ATA submission recommends changing a proposed clause that would require prime contractors to provide authorised officers with hard copies of dangerous goods documents for up to three months after they are created or used.
The version of the clause in the NTC’s draft amendments, and in the current MSI, is—
- inconsistent with governments’ digital strategies
- inconsistent with and overridden by the states’ electronic transaction laws
- an unnecessary burden on both businesses and regulators.
The submission recommends that electronic copies of documents should also be acceptable.