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NHVAS Maintenance Management Accreditation VIC, NSW – JMH Training

This encourages heavy vehicle operators to take responsibility for servicing their vehicles regularly and ensuring their vehicles are safe at all times.

The Aim

Vehicles well maintained,
inspections, greater road safety

It aims to help operators to manage their business more efficiently. This is partly because there are clear procedures for ensuring vehicles are well maintained, and partly because there will be reduced down time associated with breakdowns and annual inspections. It should also lead to greater road safety.

Operators accredited in the Maintenance Management module are provided an exemption of the requirement to have vehicles inspected annually for the purposes of registration.

Maintenance management exemption requirements

To be provided with the exemption, vehicles must be adequately maintained and comply with all applicable vehicle standards at all times.

Maintenance Management benefits

To operators

These can include:

  • improvements in productivity and efficiency
  • improved skills and accountability of drivers and mechanics
  • reduced vehicle down time
  • greater confidence in the condition of the firm’s vehicles
  • increased vehicle life and lower maintenance costs
  • improved driver morale
  • better relationships with enforcement agencies
  • reduced impact of enforcement
  • improved safety

To the community

Maintenance Management’s benefits include better and more consistent compliance with road safety standards.

Your responsibilities

Meet the safety standards

If you are an accredited operator you must ensure your vehicles are well maintained so they meet all relevant safety standards.

You need to keep a record of the maintenance and servicing work done to each vehicle so you can prove the vehicle is safe at all times.

You need to ensure all accredited vehicles comply with the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Vehicle Standards and Safety) Regulation 1999 and the relevant Australian Design Rules (ADRs).

These contain mandatory requirements for the safe design, construction and maintenance of heavy vehicles.

Be accountable for your own vehicles

It is up to you to decide how you are going to maintain your vehicles and prove adherence to the standards.

The important thing is that you write down the method you use and explain how it works. This will be your Maintenance Management System.

To stay accredited, you need to have documents that prove your method works and your vehicles are well maintained. In part, this means keeping records of all maintenance schedules and repairs. You must also be able to prove you always follow your written procedures.


Accredited operators are audited periodically by independent auditors to make sure they are continuing to meet the standards required by the Accreditation Program.

If your audit is successful, your accreditation will be renewed. Alternatively, you may be asked to improve your methods in some way before your accreditation is renewed.

It is important to remember that even if you are an accredited operator you are still subject to the law and can be audited or inspected at any time in order to make sure you are conforming to the performance standards.

Each vehicle’s accreditation sticker will indicate to enforcement officers that they are operating under an accreditation program

Performance standards

Performance standards have been developed to ensure that everyone in the scheme has achieved the same standard of compliance.

Your Maintenance Management System must comply with these standards, which are explained later in this guide.

How we can help
here at JMH

JMH Training & Compliance has the experience to guide you through the implementation and accreditation process of all NHVAS Schemes.

JMH will provide

  • a comprehensive Policy & Procedures Manual,
  • induction training for all persons that will operate under or administer the documentation and Internal Review process and
  • assist with the smooth transition into the Accreditation Scheme/s.

In addition to this we will provide on-going support for the accreditation administration staff when required to conduct Internal Reviews or Quarterly Compliance Review process.

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