Fatigue Management

Tasmania adopted the Heavy Vehicle National Law in 2014.  The Fatigue Management regulations were adopted from 1 April 2015.  These regulations set the requirements for rest times and breaks for people who work driving heavy Rough morning caused by sleeping disorders, panoramicvehicles in Tasmania.

TransTrain provides training programs for drivers, schedulers and others in the transport supply chain about the fatigue management regulations and the National Driver Work Diary.

The reforms reinforce that all parties in the supply chain are legally responsible for preventing driver fatigue.

A link to the Heavy Vehicle National Law and Regulations is here – Heavy Vehicle National Law and Regulations.

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) sets three work and rest options. The ‘default’ model for hours of work and rest is called “Standard” hours.  To achieve additional work hours and greater flexibility in operations, some Tasmanian transport operations are completing audits and accreditation in “Basic” Fatigue Management.

TransTrain provides the essential training qualifications that are needed as part of this accreditation.  Completing the training does not, on its own, allow drivers to work longer hours – it is the transport operator who must achieve the accreditation.

Standard hours

Standard hours are the work and rest hours allowed in the HVNL for all drivers who are not operating under National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) accreditation or an exemption. They are the maximum amount of work and minimum amount of rest possible that can be performed safely without additional safety countermeasures.

Standard hours apply to all drivers operators who do not have accreditation for fatigue management.

Standard hours – work and rest hours requirements

The table below applies to solo drivers.

Time Work Rest
In any period of… A driver must not work for more than a maximum  of… And must have the rest of that period off work with at least a minimum rest break of…
5 ½ hours 5 ¼ hours work time 15 continuous minutes rest time
8 hours 7 ½ hours work time 30 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes
11 hours 10 hours work time 60 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes
24 hours 12 hours work time 7 continuous hours stationary rest time*
7 days 72 hours work time 24 continuous hours stationary rest time
14 days 144 hours work time 2 x night rest breaks# and 2 x night rest breaks taken on consecutive days

*Stationary rest time is the time a driver spends out of a heavy vehicle or in an approved sleeper berth of a stationary heavy vehicle.  #Night rest breaks are 7 continuous hours stationary rest time taken between the hours of 10pm on a day and 8am on the next day (using the time zone of the base of the driver) or a 24 continuous hours stationary rest break.

Download the Daily work and rest hours planner – Standard hours (solo drivers).

Basic Fatigue Management (BFM)

Those operating under NHVAS with Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) accreditation can operate under more flexible work and rest hours, allowing for (among other things) work of up to 14 hours in a 24-hour period. BFM gives operators a greater say in when drivers can work and rest, as long as the risks of driver fatigue are properly managed.

Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM)

Those operating under NHVAS with Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) accreditation adopt a genuine risk management approach to managing heavy vehicle driver fatigue. Rather than prescribing work and rest hours, AFM offers more flexibility than standard hours or BFM in return for the operator demonstrating greater accountability for managing their drivers’ fatigue risks.

TransTrain’s Programs

Our programs can be provided in your workplace and cover the national fatigue management reforms and the current applicable Tasmanian requirements, including:

+ Legislation; fatigue management laws and workplace health and safety laws

+ How to identify and manage fatigue, general duty to manage fatigue

+ Hours of Rest and Work; standard hours, basic hours

+ Record Keeping, completing the national work diary, lost diary

+ Fitness for Duty

+ Chain of Responsibility and Reasonable Steps Defence (as this is described under the national model regulations)

+ Risk Management, hazard identification and reporting

+ National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) fatigue management information sheets and video presentations are included

The programs include assessments for the national units of competency for drivers and for schedulers as required under the standards for Fatigue Management Accreditation.

Who is responsible for Fatigue Management?

Drivers and operators have traditionally been the focus of road laws – including those covering driving hours and fatigue management. However, breaches are often caused by the actions of others. However, all parties in the supply chain are responsible for managing the causes of heavy vehicle driver fatigue.

Everyone in the supply chain, not just the driver, has responsibilities to prevent driver fatigue and ensure drivers are able to comply with the legal work/rest hours.

If your actions, inactions or demands cause or contribute to road safety breaches then you can be held legally accountable. Authorities can investigate along the supply chain and up and down the corporate chain of command. The days of ‘all care and no responsibility’ are over.

National Driver Work Diary

A work diary is evidence that a driver’s work and rest hours are compliant with the law and that their fatigue is being managed.

The National Driver Work Diary is available for $20 at Service Tasmania shops.  Drivers must go to a Service Tasmania Shop and buy their work diary in person – each diary is recorded against the driver and issued only to them.

National Driver Work Diary (PDF 3.8MB) – has information and examples to guide you, including advice on: definitions and words used in the work diary, legal requirements for keeping work diary records, filling in your daily sheet, how to count time, work and rest hour options, and frequently asked questions.

Supplementary work diary record (PDF 420KB) – can be used as a supplementary record for up to 7 business days if your work diary is lost, stolen or destroyed. You must notify the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), or your local state or territory road transport authority, within 2 days of your work diary being lost, stolen or destroyed.

Locations to purchase a work diary – the work diary can be purchased for $20 at many locations throughout Australia.

What is a work diary used for?

A work diary is evidence that a driver’s work and rest hours are compliant with the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and that their fatigue is being managed. Drivers are not allowed to drive or work more than the maximum work hours or rest less than the minimum rest hours in a certain period set out by law.

Most drivers of a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle are required by law to create a record of time spent working (including driving time) and resting on a daily basis. The HVNL names the circumstances where a work diary must be used as the method to create this record.

What is a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle?

A fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle is a vehicle with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of more than 12 tonnes. This includes a vehicle combination of a total GVM of more than 12 tonnes. A bus of more than 4.5 tonnes fitted to carry more than 12 adults, including the driver is also a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle.

A vehicle built or modified to operate as machinery or equipment off-road and which is not capable of carrying goods or passenger by road, is not a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle. A motorhome is not a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle.

When must I use a work diary?

All drivers of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles who drive more than 100km from their home base or operate under Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) or Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) must complete a work diary to record their work and rest times unless they have a work diary exemption (either through a notice or permit).

Record keeping requirements

Record keepers for drivers of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles have very specific obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). These obligations are designed to ensure that driver’s activities are able to be monitored to assist drivers in the execution of their obligations to manage driver fatigue and help parties in


TransTrain Driver and Scheduler Programs

TransTrain Fatigue Management for Drivers – 4 hours

Any drivers who are required to drive for a business with accreditation for either Basic or Advanced Fatigue Management need to be assessed, and receive a Statement of Attainment in TLIF2010 – Apply Fatigue Management Strategies

TransTrain Fatigue Management for Schedulers – 6 hours

Anyone who is a scheduler, or anyone who supervise either drivers or schedulers, as part of a a business with accreditation for either Basic or Advanced Fatigue Management need to be assessed, and receive a Statement of Attainment in: TLIF6307 – Administer the Implementation of Fatigue Management Strategies

6 hour program = Driver’s program (4 hours) plus 2 hours training session.  For final assessment, provide additional information that shows how the scheduler is implementing the company’s fatigue management program.

 Please contact us for more information, to ask for our National Driver Work Diary rulers (for standard hours) and to book your programs.


Links and Useful Information:

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator: Work Diary Frequently Asked Questions

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator: Supplementary Sheet – use if you loose your National Driver Work Diary