Grain Harvest Management Scheme
The NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme (GHMS) promotes the safe and productive movement of grain. It is designed to decrease harvest risk, protect roads and to increase productivity and efficiency for the movement of grain. The GHMS also seeks to provide a productivity benefit for growers and a higher degree of visibility to road managers of the use of their road assets.
How to operate under the GHMS
Under the GHMS, eligible heavy vehicles may exceed regulated total mass limits by up to 5% when delivering the following grains to participating grain receivers in participating council areas:
- Cereals that are wheat, barley, rice, oats, triticale, sorghum, maize or millets
- Oilseeds that are canola, sunflowers, monola or safflower
- Pulses that are chickpeas, faba beans, lupins, mung beans, field peas, soybeans, vetch, or lentils.
There is no enrolment process or administration fee for eligible heavy vehicles to operate under the GHMS. All eligible heavy vehicles operating under the GHMS must carry a copy of the New South Wales Class 3 GHMS Mass Exemption (Notice) 2021 (GHMS Notice) in the vehicle, and comply with the conditions of the GHMS Notice, approved participating council areas and approved routes for that vehicle type. Please refer to the GHMS map and approved routes.
To support delivery to a participating grain receiver operators should know their truck code and mass limit from the list of eligible heavy vehicles.
Please refer to the New South Wales Class 3 Grain Harvest Management Scheme Mass Exemption (Notice) 2021 for more information.
GHMS map and approved routes
The enforceable GHMS map provides details of the approved and excluded participating council areas, approved and excluded routes and conditions of access for eligible heavy vehicles operating under the GHMS. The map also shows participating grain receiver sites. Eligible vehicles must operate under the conditions of the New South Wales Class 3 GHMS Mass Exemption (Notice) 2021 and must only travel on approved routes for that vehicle type and/or as per any Council consent condition as contained in the maps and approved routes list:
- Eligible General Access Vehicles operating under the scheme may operate on all state classified roads and approved local and regional roads in participating council areas. This includes rigid trucks, truck and dog combinations and single trailer combinations not exceeding 19 metres long, and 19 metre B-doubles not exceeding 52.5 tonnes.
- Eligible Restricted Access Vehicles (RAVs) operating under the scheme may only operate on state classified roads (roads managed by Transport for NSW) and local and regional roads in participating council areas that are approved for that type of RAV. Approved RAV routes are shown on the interactive RAV map.
Eligible heavy vehicles operating under the scheme must not operate where prohibited by a load limit specified for a road, bridge or causeway by a sign or notice.
Note: The published maps and lists of routes are the legally enforceable network in NSW.
The interactive Grain Harvest Management Scheme (GHMS) map shows approved routes and restrictions as an overlay on top of Google maps. Transport for NSW has no responsibility for, and does not guarantee the accuracy of, the underlying Google maps.
Transport for NSW strives to be accurate in showing the GHMS approved routes and restrictions, however, there may be errors and omissions caused by Google maps being incorrect or out of date. Transport for NSW is not responsible for errors or omissions.
Travel conditions which apply to an approved route or area for a restricted access vehicle must be observed. This map should be read in conjunction with the list of participating councils and Participating Grain Receivers which are frequently updated to align with the map.
Compliance and enforcement
Exceeding scheme mass limits at participating grain receivers
Details of overloaded vehicles will be reported to Transport for NSW by participating grain receivers and analysed for compliance management and enforcement. Additional measures may be put in place by receivers to maintain the low incidence of industry overloading.
Penalties may be imposed on one or more of the parties in the chain of responsibility for the load in the following circumstances:
- Breaches of scheme operating conditions
- Breaches of scheme axle mass limits and total mass limits
- Non-compliance with approved routes.
Vehicles or combinations found to be breaching scheme operating conditions will be assessed against the regulated mass limits and penalties will be applied accordingly.
On road enforcement
Vehicles and combinations participating in the scheme will be subject to on-road inspections by Transport for NSW and local council inspectors and police officers.
2016/21 Participating councils
Local councils may decide to participate in the scheme for the complete period or for specific time periods and may also specify access conditions.
Participating councils, conditions of access, and excluded areas and routes
2016/21 Participating Grain Receivers
Become a Participating Grain Receiver
To sign up to the Scheme as a Participating Grain Receiver send through the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Signed Undertaking form
- Your weighbridge certificate(s)
- GPS coordinates of your receival sites.
Once we have all of this information, we will publish your receival sites on the map and notify you to commence reporting.
Participating Grain Receiver Reporting
As a Participating Grain Receiver (PGR) you must report on all vehicle deliveries to Transport for NSW. The data reported will be used to:
- Monitor compliance with the NSW GHMS's mass limits
- Assist in planning future improvements to the NSW GHMS
As a PGR you must also have a process in operation for managing overloaded deliveries to meet chain of responsibility obligations and discourage the transport of illegal overloads on the road network. More information can be found on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Chain of Responsibility webpage.
PGR reporting requirements
As a PGR you must report on all vehicle deliveries, including overload vehicle deliveries, irrespective of scheme or rejection to Transport for NSW using the approved template. GHMS Reporting Template 2016-2021.
Each column in the template must be filled out and the Truck Type Code you use must be codes from the NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme Eligible Vehicle configurations and Allowable Weight Limits chart.
When you email in your monthly reporting:
- The reporting file on all vehicle deliveries must be titled: [name of receiver] - [name of site] - [date range of data] - All deliveries Example: ABCGrain - Narrabri - 01.01.19 - 31.01.19 - All deliveries
- The reporting file on overloaded deliveries must be titled: [name of receiver] - [name of site] -[date range of data] - Overloads Example: ABCGrain - Narrabri - 01.01.19 - 31.01.19 - Overloads
The reports must be emailed to: email@example.com
When your harvest receivals have finished email: firstname.lastname@example.org to notify that there will be no more reporting for the season.
If you have any questions as a Participating Grain Receiver email: email@example.com
2016/21 Scheme eligible vehicles
The following types of heavy vehicles are eligible to participate in the scheme:
- a rigid truck with three or more axles
- a rigid truck (with three or more axles) towing a dog trailer with not more than four axles
- a prime mover and semitrailer combination that has an overall length not exceeding 19.0m, and not more than 6 axles in total
- a B-double that has an overall length not exceeding 19.0m, and not more than 7 axles in total
- a B-double that has an overall length not exceeding 26.0m, and 9 axles in total
- a road train that has an overall length not exceeding 36.5m, and not more than 12 axles in total
- a B-triple that has an overall length not exceeding 36.5 m and consists of a prime mover and three semitrailers, and not more than 12 axles in total; and
- an AB-triple that has an overall length not exceeding 36.5m and consists of a prime mover and semitrailer combination connected, by a converter dolly, to a B-double trailer set, and that has not more than 15 axles in total.
All eligible vehicles must have dual tyres on all non-steer axles. The scheme is not available to Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles.
There is no enrolment process or administration fee for heavy vehicles to operate under the scheme. All eligible heavy vehicles operating under the scheme must carry a copy of the New South Wales Class 3 GHMS Mass Exemption (Notice) 2016, and comply with the scheme's mass limits and operating conditions.
B-triples (except for modular B-triples travelling west of the Newell Highway) and AB-triples must comply with NSW B-triple and AB-triple operating conditions, including enrolment in the Intelligent Access Program.
2016/21 Scheme mass limits
Total mass limits
The total mass limits under the scheme are up to 5% above the General Mass Limits total mass limit for the vehicle or combination with tri-axle groups.
However, under no circumstances may the total mass for a vehicle exceed:
- The sum of the axle mass limits, or
- The Gross Combination Mass for the prime mover, or
- The sum of Gross Vehicle Masses of the prime mover and all trailers and dollies.
Table A - Total mass limits
|Rigid truck – 3 or more axles||23 tonnes|
|Rigid truck twin steer non-load sharing||27 tonnes|
|Rigid truck twin steer load sharing||28 tonnes|
|Prime mover and semitrailer combination – 4 axles||32 tonnes|
|Prime mover and semitrailer combination – 5 axles (3 axle prime mover and 2 axle semitrailer)||40 tonnes|
|Prime mover and semitrailer combination – 5 axles (2 axle prime mover and 3 axle semitrailer)||36.63 tonnes|
|Prime mover and semitrailer combination – 6 axles||44.63 tonnes|
|Rigid truck and dog trailer – 5 axles||41 tonnes|
|Rigid truck and dog trailer – 6 axles||44.63 tonnes|
|Rigid truck and dog trailer – 7 axles||44.63 tonnes|
|B-double (up to 19m) (General Access Vehicle) – 7 axles||52.5 tonnes|
|B-double (up to 19m) (Restricted Access Vehicle)* – 7 axles||57 tonnes|
|25/26 metre B-double 9 axles||65.63 tonnes|
|Road Train – 11 axles||83 tonnes|
|Road Train (which includes a rigid truck towing two dog trailers up to 36.5m in length) – 11 axles||83 tonnes|
|Road Train – 12 axles||86.63 tonnes|
|B-triple (including a modular B-triple) – 12 axles||86.63 tonnes|
|AB-triple with tandem axle converter dolly – 14 axles||104 tonnes|
|AB-triple with tri-axle converter dolly – 15 axles||107.63 tonnes|
* Being a B-double mentioned in clause 2 of Schedule 1 (New South Wales) to the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle B-Double Authorisation (Notice).
Steer axle mass exception (total mass limit) condition
A heavy vehicle that complies with the requirements of Schedule 3 of the National Regulation (Steer axle mass exception limits) may exceed the mass limit in Table A by 0.5 tonnes.
Steer axle mass exception (axle or axle group) condition
A heavy vehicle that complies with the requirements of Schedule 3 of National Regulation (Steer axle mass exception limits) may exceed the 6 tonnes mass limit for a single steer axle by 0.5 tonnes.
Floating 0.5 tonne tri-axle mass limit concession
The mass on a tri-axle group of a semitrailer may be exceeded by 0.5 tonnes provided that the total mass of the combination does not exceed the applicable total mass limit.
National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) enrolment
In recognition of the accreditation of vehicles in the NHVAS mass management module enrolment, an additional 200 kilograms on the tri-axle group is permitted for six axle semi-trailers accredited in NHVAS.
Table B - Axle and axle group mass limits
|Steer axle and axle groups||Mass limit|
|Single steer axle||6 tonnes|
|Twin steer axle group (non-load-sharing)||10 tonnes|
|Twin steer axle group (load-sharing)||11 tonnes|
|Non-steer axles and axle groups (fitted with dual tyres)||Mass limit|
|Single axle||9 tonnes|
|Tandem axle group||17 tonnes|
|Tri-axle group (in a prime mover and semitrailer combination)||21.63 tonnes|
|Tri-axle group (in a 25/26m B-double with 9 axles)||21.32 tonnes|
|Tri-axle group (in a road train with 11 axles)||21.5 tonnes|
|Tri-axle group (in a road train with 12 axles)||21.21 tonnes|
|Tri-axle group (in a B-triple with 12 axles)||21.21 tonnes|
|Tri-axle group (in an AB-triple with 14 axles)||21.33 tonnes|
|Tri-axle group (in an AB-triple with 15 axles)||21.16 tonnes|
Transporting grain across borders
The NSW Scheme’s mass limits only apply within NSW Borders. Different mass limits apply in other States unless the vehicle or combination is eligible for Concessional Mass Limits (CML) or Higher Mass Limits (HML).
For more information on the Victorian scheme, please contact VICroads.
For more information on the Queensland scheme, please contact Agforce Queensland.
NSW GHMS Harvest Reports
The GHMS Harvest Reports show the continuing importance of the NSW GHMS in enabling efficiency in the movement of grain while at the same time maintaining road safety and reducing the impact on the road network through reducing the total number of heavy vehicle trips.
GHMS Harvest Reports are developed from the harvest data provided by Participating Grain Receivers.
GHMS Harvest Reports:
- NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme July 2019 - June 2020 Harvest Report
- NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme July - December 2019 Half Year Winter Harvest Report
- NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme July - December 2019 Snapshot
- NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme July 2018 - June 2019 Harvest Report
- NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme July - December 2018 Snapshot
- NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme July 2017 - June 2018 Harvest Report
- NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme July - December 2017 Snapshot
- NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme July 2016 - June 2017 Harvest Report
- NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme July 2015 - June 2016 Harvest Period Report
- NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme January - June 2015 Harvest Period Report
- NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme Report October - December 2014 Harvest Period Report
If you have any feedback on these reports please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grain Harvest Management Scheme Consultative Committee
The GHMS Consultative Committee was established as an advisory and consultative body to draw advice on strategic issues and future directions for the effective operation of the GHMS. The GHMS Consultative Committee meet at the end of winter harvest in March and before the next season begins. GHMS Consultative Committee Terms of Reference. Any questions regarding the GHMS Consultative Committee can be emailed to: email@example.com.
Review of the 2013/14 GHMS
The NSW Government trialled the GHMS from October 2013 to May 2014 in response to industry needs for improved productivity and efficiency in the grain transport task. The GHMS was designed to:
- Facilitate the movement of grain from farms to grain receivers during the peak harvest season
- Improve the productivity of and efficiency in the grain transport task
- Protect road and bridge infrastructure
- Promote the safe movement of grain across the state
- Recognise industry's higher productivity needs
- Support the competitiveness of the NSW grain industry in national and international markets.
An independent review of the 2013-14 scheme found it was well received and should continue for future harvests. A summary of the review, prepared by Transport for NSW, is available to download.
New South Wales Class 3 GHMS Mass Exemption (Notice) 2016
The New South Wales Class 3 GHMS Exemption Notice 2014 expired on 30 June 2016.
Transport for NSW has worked with the Grain Harvest Management Scheme Consultative Committee and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to amend and extend this Notice. The New South Wales Class 3 GHMS Exemption (Notice) 2016, commenced on 1 July 2016.
The following changes have been made:
- The Notice has been extended for 5 years with an expiry date of 30 June 2021
- Schedule 1 has been removed and replaced with a link to the legally enforceable Scheme network
- 2 additional vehicle codes (reflecting 2 configurations) have been included in the eligible vehicle list:
- Code 4 - 5 axle Semitrailer
- Code 49 - 3 axle truck with 5 axle dog trailer and 4 axle dog trailer.
If you have additional questions on the NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme email firstname.lastname@example.org.