Heavy vehicle licensing changes in NSW to remove conflict of interest

Separate training and assessment procedures to ensure assessor is independent of the person delivering the training


The New South Wales heavy vehicle drivers licensing reform has hit its straps with the training and assessment roles separated.

The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) move on the Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) Scheme was mooted in December following NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) recommendations stemming from a false-certification case.

"Roads and Maritime is committed to improving and strengthening the HVCBA scheme and reducing any potential conflict of interest that could arise from the training and assessment process leading to the award of Heavy Vehicle licencing," a Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson says.

"The introduction of separate training and assessment will ensure the assessor that conducts the learner’s assessment is independent of the person delivering the training and ensure greater integrity of the HVCBA licensing system.

"The changes, which took effect this week, mean there are now clearly defined and independent responsibilities for registered training organisations (RTOs) and accredited assessors.

"As part the new requirements, RTOs must assure Roads and Maritime that the accredited assessor who conducts an applicant’s assessment is not the same person who delivered the training course for the applicant."


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The changes follow consultation with training organisations and industry bodies and road shows across NSW in July attended by industry representatives, RTOs and assessors at North Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo and Tamworth.

"We are also working with training providers in remote areas or with specific business needs using a limited exemption so they can also operate and train drivers," the spokesperson says.

"Roads and Maritime will continue to work with RTOs and industry to ensure a high standard of quality is maintained in the delivery of training and assessment in NSW to ensure safer roads for the community."


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