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The new Heavy Vehicle National Law will start in October instead of September because of IT problems surrounding the permit application system.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) said in a media statement that it had identified IT integration problems that must be fixed before the new application system goes live.

The system is expected to process up to 100,000 applications per year.

“Until our new start date, though, it’s business as usual for heavy vehicle operators and drivers,” said NHVR CEO Richard Hancock.

“Come to us for [the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme] and [Performance-Based Standard] services as you have been since January.

“Stick with your local road transport authority for all other road transport business with government, including access, vehicle standards and fatigue management.”

Once implemented, the new laws will apply in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

For more details, visit the regulator.

The model code of practice for construction work is being changed to include guidance on housing construction.

The revised draft code Managing Risk in Construction Work is expected ‘to make the existing code more accessible to the housing construction industry’, says Safe Work Australia in a media release.

Safe Work Australia members are currently considering which changes will be highlighted in the public comment document.

Once this is finalised the draft code will be released for six weeks.

Meanwhile, the public comment period has been extended to 27 September for the draft Code of Practice: Managing Risks in Stevedoring.

Safe Work Australia members have also agreed to update the list of scheduled workers compensation diseases.

The revised list is expected to be available after August 2014.

For more details, visit Safe Work Australia.

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