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What is Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) Accreditation?

BFM Management (BFM) is one of the three modules of operator accreditation under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS), the other modules are Maintenance Management and Mass Management. Western Australia has a similar, however different WA Accreditation process.

NHVAS is a National Quality Assurance system where transport operators have systems and processes in place to meet the standards of accreditation set by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

Accredited operators are required to have their systems, processes and records independently verified by authorised NHVAS Auditors on a regular basis.

The regular reviews by NHVAS Auditors ensure that the operator is keeping the required records and complying with their own quality procedures. If an operator does not meet the required standards their accreditation can be suspended or cancelled.

In return, operators gain substantial benefits, such as protection under Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation, increased payloads (Mass Management), increased operational hours (Fatigue Management) and the removal of the requirement for annual Roadworthiness Inspections which is a requirement for some heavy vehicle registrations (Maintenance Management).

For BFM accreditation the following is required:

The operator must have a comprehensive Quality or Procedures Manual which documents the various processes that are in place to ensure that Fatigue is properly managed in all aspects of operations.

Nominated employees who have completed the required medical checks and Nationally Recognised Training, are able to work under the operator's accreditation for an extended duration, typically 14 hours may be “worked” in any 24 hour period, rather than the 12 hours work permitted under “Standard Hours”

Drivers have the option of operating at either “Standard Hours” or “BFM Hours” are are required to document which option they are operating under on their National Work Diary.

Whilst operating under the BFM Hours option, all “work” (ie driving, loading, fuelling, inspecting the vehicle) must be recorded in the Work Diary, the 100 km radius exemption from completing the work diary does not apply when drivers are operating under the BFM Hours option.

The operator is required to have detailed procedures and processes in place to proactively manage the fatigue of all drivers, this includes processes in place to schedule driving tasks, monitor fatigue levels and driver health.

In addition, the operator must regularly review the operations of all drivers to ensure that the schedules in place are reasonable and achievable under the legislated limits and that the work completed by drivers is regularly reviewed to ensure that drivers are complying with the appropriate limits and accurately and truthfully recording all work completed in their Work Diary.

BFM MEDICAL - View Document (pdf file) BFM MEDICAL - View Document (word doc)

Fatigue Management Information and Resources

Victorian Fatigue Management
DRIVER INSTRUCTIONS - FATIGUE MANAGEMENT 2013
BFM Management (BFM) is one of the three modules of operator accreditation under the National
Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS), the other modules are Maintenance Management and
Mass Management. Western Australia has a similar, however different WA Accreditation process. View Document (pdf file)
INSTRUCTION FATIGUE MANAGEMENT ADMINISTRATOR
Read the procedures, they are written in a way that should both outline what is required to
be completed and how you go about complying with the various requirements.
The primary focus should be on ensuring that drivers have adequate knowledge of the trip
schedule via the use of Trip Plans, the trip planning process is outlined in the procedures. View Document (pdf file)
Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) Standards - View Document (pdf file)
ADVANCED FATIGUE MANAGEMENT AUDIT MATRIX
For the purposes of accreditation, the Advanced Fatigue Management Standards and supporting criteria stipulate the policies, procedures and documentation that need to be established, and used, that form an Operator’s Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) fatigue management system. View Document (pdf file)
BASIC FATIGUE MANAGEMENT (BFM) STANDARDS - View Document (pdf file)
BASIC FATIGUE MANAGEMENT AUDIT MATRIX
For the purposes of accreditation, the Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) Standards and supporting criteria stipulate the policies, procedures and documentation that need to be established, and used, and form an Operator’s Basic Fatigue Management fatigue management system. View Document (pdf file)
ALB BASIC FATIGUE MANAGEMENT EXPLAINED
Basic fatigue management (BFM) gives operators a greater say in when they can work and rest providing the risk of working long and night hours is properly managed. View Document (pdf file)
ALB HOW TO COMPLETE
How to complete your new work diary. View Document (pdf file)
ALB STANDARD HOURS
Standard hours set prescribed work and rest limits for low risk heavy vehicle applications.
View Document
(pdf file)
TWO UP DRIVING
New laws for 'two-up' driving address specific risk factors associated with rest in a moving vehicle.
View Document (pdf file)
VIC ROAD SAFETY DRIVERS REGS
The objective of these Regulations is to make provision under the Road Safety Act 1986 for: (a) driver licences and learner permits; and (b) heavy vehicle driver fatigue management; and (c) the charging of fees.View Document (pdf file)
VIC - AFM ACCREDITATION STANDARDS MAY 2008
Scheduling and rostering practices are to ensure trip schedules and driver rosters are planned and assigned in accordance with the operator's approved operating limits. Scheduling and rostering practices will include an assessment of the driver's recent work history, ability, welfare and preference (where appropriate), and time for the transport task to be completed safely. View Document (pdf file)
VIC - AFM AUDIT MATRIX JULY 2008
For the purposes of accreditation, the Advanced Fatigue Management Standards and supporting criteria stipulate the policies, procedures and documentation that need to be established, and used, that form an Operator’s Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) fatigue management system. View Document (pdf file)
VIC - BASIC FATIGUE MANAGEMENT ACCREDITATION STANDARDS MAY 2008
This standard requires that a system be developed to ensure that drivers are a fit state for work and can
perform work duties safely. View Document (pdf file)
VIC - BASIC FATIGUE MANAGEMENT AUDIT MATRIXJULY 2008 For the purposes of accreditation, the Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) Standards and supporting criteria stipulate the policies, procedures and documentation that need to be established, and used, and form an Operator’s Basic Fatigue Management fatigue management system. View Document (pdf file)
VIC ALB INFO BROCHUREbrochure
How to use and complete your new work diary. View Document (pdf file)
VIC CERT PILOT INFO 122009
Where appropriate, VicRoads issues permits to allow oversize vehicles to travel on the road network. These permits may contain operating conditions, such as the requirement for the oversize loads to be supported by either a driver in a pilot vehicle or, for larger loads, a certified driver in a pilot vehicle.
View Document
(pdf file)
VIC DRIVING HOURS RECORDS
What records you need to keep: A guide for record keepers. View Document (pdf file)
VIC LOCAL HOURS BULETIN
New laws implemented in September 2008, set revised work and rest limits for heavy vehicle drivers and require better management of driver fatigue. View Document (pdf file)
VIC FATIGUE MANAGEMENT REGS 2008
The purpose of this Act is to amend the Road Legislation Further Amendment Act 2007 and Road Safety Act 1986. View Document (pdf file)

New South Wales Fatigue Management
BASIC FATIGUE MANAGEMENT ACCREDITATION GUIDE
A guide for operators seeking Basic Fatigue Management Accreditation in the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme. September 2009 View Document (pdf file)
NATIONAL HEAVY VEHICLE ACCREDITATION SCHEME (NHVAS)
A guide for operators to the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS).
The NHVAS can help all operators whether they are big or small. View Document (pdf file)
HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVER HANDBOOK
This handbook is only a general interpretation of the law, made easy to understand by using plain english. Laws change often so make sure you have the most recent handbook. View Document (pdf file)
NSW BFM COMPLIANCE HISTORY DEC
Compliance history. View Document (pdf file)
NSW COUNTING TIME
Heavy vehicle driver fatigue Counting work and rest time. View Document (pdf file)
NSW HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVER HANDBOOK
This handbook is only a general interpretation of the law, made easy to understand by using plain English. Laws change often so make sure you have the most recent handbook. View Document (pdf file)
NSW LIVESTOCK LOADING SCHEME DRIVER TRAINING APPLICATION
Livestock loading scheme driver training application. View Document (pdf file)
NSW LIVESTOCK DRIVER TRAINING FAQ
This Fact Sheet provides information about the NSW Livestock Loading Scheme Driver Training Course currently approved trainers, their operating areas, and contact details. View Document (pdf file)
NSW LIVESTOCK LOADING AMEND
Livestock loading amend. View Document (pdf file)
NSW LIVESTOCK LOADING APP
Livestock loading app. View Document (pdf file)
NSW LIVESTOCK LOADING SCHEME FAQ
The NSW Government has approved a new NSW Livestock Loading Scheme, to enhance productivity and protect jobs in the NSW meat and livestock industry. The Scheme includes measures to minimise road pavement wear, protect vulnerable bridges and reduce the incidence of livestock vehicle rollovers. View Document (pdf file)
NSW LIVESTOCK LOADING GAZETTE 112012
This version includes amendments approved by the Minister, as published in the NSW Government Gazette on 1 March 2013, and effective from 1 March 2013. View Document (pdf file)
NSW LIVESTOCK LOADING SCHEME ROUTE REFERENCE LIST
NSW Livestock loading scheme route reference list. View Document (pdf file)

South Australian Fatigue Management
Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) Standards - View Document (pdf file)
SA GRAIN GROWERS CODE OF PRACTICE
As signatories to the Heavy Vehicle Transport Grain Carriers’ Code of Practice, participants recognise and accept their responsibilities in the grain industry Supply Chain. View Document (pdf file)
SA MR80 FORM
Vehicle Supplementary details. View Document (pdf file)
SA OSOM AG GAZETTE
Notice of approval and exemption. View Document (pdf file)

Western Australia Fatigue Management
West Australian Heavy Vehicle Accreditation (WA HVA)
The purpose of this document is to provide the rules and conditions of West Australian Heavy Vehicle Accreditation, which includes Fatigue and Maintenance Management modules. View Document (pdf file)
FATIGUE MANAGEMENT FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DRIVERS
It provides practical guidance for commercial vehicle drivers, and for those who are responsible for the operation of commercial vehicles in workplaces, on carrying out their duties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and meeting the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. View Document (pdf file)
FATIGUE MANAGEMENT MODULE STANDARDS - View Document (pdf file)
Frequently Asked Questions - View Document (pdf file)
WA - COMMERCIAL VEHICLES DRIVERS CODE OF PRACTICE
The introduction of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 enabled the establishment of the tripartite Commission for Occupational Safety and Health. The Commission, which comprises representatives of employers, unions, government and experts, has the function of developing the legislation and any supporting guidance material and making recommendations to the Minister for implementation. To fulfil its functions, the Commission is empowered to establish advisory committees, hold public inquiries and publish and disseminate information.. View Document (pdf file)
WA - FAQs
What are the benefits of accreditation. View Document (pdf file)
WA FATIGUE MANAGEMENT AUDIT MATRIX
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN HEAVY VEHICLE ACCREDITATION PROCESS. View Document (pdf file)
WA RAV OPERATOR APP
Application to Register as a RAV Operator and/ or WA Accreditation. View Document (pdf file)

Northern Territory Fatigue Management
HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVER BASIC FATIGUE MANAGEMENT (BFM)
The national road transport Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue laws sets revised work and rest limits for heavy vehicle drivers and requires better management of driver fatigue. The reform makes all parties in the supply chain legally responsible for preventing driver fatigue. Operators and drivers have three options for managing driver fatigue under the laws. View Document (pdf file)
HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVER FATIGUE STANDARD HOURS
The national road transport Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue laws sets revised work and rest limits for heavy vehicle drivers and requires better management of driver fatigue. The reform makes all parties in the supply chain legally responsible for preventing driver fatigue. Operators and drivers have three options for managing driver fatigue under the laws. View Document (pdf file)
HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVER FATIGUE
As part of the National Transport Reform agenda, new model National Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Legislation has been developed by the National Transport Commission (NTC) in recognition that driver fatigue is one of the main causes of crashes involving heavy vehicles. The new laws have been built on a foundation of safety, drawing on advice from fatigue experts and developed in consultation with industry and all States and Territories. These new regulations are aimed at getting drivers home safely.
View Document (pdf file)
NATIONAL HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVER SCHEME - View Document (pdf file)
NT - Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue - Basic Fatigue Management
The national road transport Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue laws sets revised work and rest limits for heavy vehicle drivers and requires better management of driver fatigue. The reform makes all parties in the supply chain legally responsible for preventing driver fatigue. Operators and drivers have three options for managing driver fatigue under the laws. View Document (pdf file)
NT - HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVER FATIGUE - STANDARD HOURS
The national road transport Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue laws sets revised work and rest limits for heavy vehicle drivers and requires better management of driver fatigue. The reform makes all parties in the supply chain legally responsible for preventing driver fatigue. Operators and drivers have three options for managing driver fatigue under the laws. View Document (pdf file)

Tasmania Fatigue Management
TASMANIAN TASMANIAN TASMANIAN TASMANIAN TASMANIAN
All Tasmanian heavy vehicle operators and drivers using vehicles on Tasmanian roads included in the driver licence categories Heavy Rigid, Heavy Combination or Multi - Combination should comply with the Code. However, the benefits of improved business systems and safety can be realised by any driver or operator in the heavy vehicle industry. View Document (pdf file)
TAS TRUCK LOAD LIMITS 3 (2)
The allowable gross mass is the lesser of the gross vehicle mass limit (table 1) and sum of the individual axle mass limits (table 2). View Document (pdf file)
TASMANIAN TASMANIAN TASMANIAN TASMANIAN TASMANIAN VERSION 1 NOVEMBER 2008
This Code provides guidance on „what„ systems or frameworks can be put in place to improve business processes which impact on road safety in the heavy vehicle industry. The content provides information on issues that all heavy vehicle operators and drivers should consider to ensure operational best practice. The Code is not intended to tell operators ‘how’ to implement any of the systems or processes mentioned, however reference material to enable practical implementation is included in each section. Industry wide adoption of this Code will result in reduced heavy vehicle crashes. View Document (pdf file)

Queensland Fatigue Management
QLD DRIVING HOURS TABLE
Driving hours table. View Document (pdf file)
QLD MEDICAL FORM
This form has been provided so that your treating doctor, optometrist or ophthamologist (if required) may provide their opinion as to whether or not you meet the medical and / or visual standard for a driver licence for the class/es of licence you are applying for, renewing or currently hold.
View Document
(pdf file)
QLD WARNING SIGNS
Use of flexible Road Train and Long Vehicle Warning Signs that attach by clips. View Document (pdf file)

Austroads Fatigue Management
ASSESSING FITNESS TO DRIVE
This publication combines the medical standards for commercial and private vehicle drivers and replaces the publications 'Assessing Fitness to Drive 2001' and 'Medical Examinations for Commercial Vehicle Drivers 1997'. View Document (pdf file)
ASSESSING FITNESS TO DRIVE 2013
The publication replaces all previous publications containing medical standards for private and commercial vehicle drivers including Assessing Fitness to Drive 2001, 2003 and Medical Examinations for Commercial Vehicle Drivers 1997. View Document (pdf file)
HVDF AUDIT BFM JULY 08
For the purposes of accreditation, the Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) Standards and supporting criteria stipulate the policies, procedures and documentation that need to be established, and used, and form an Operator’s Basic Fatigue Management fatigue management system. View Document (pdf file)
WORKSAFE MEDICAL
The information in this form is being collected so that WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe) may assess your medical suitability to obtain a Licence to Drive a Vehicle Transporting Explosives by Road or a Dangerous Goods Driver Licence. View Document (pdf file)

NTC Fatigue Management
BASIC FATIGUE MANAGEMENT AUDIT MATRIX
For the purposes of accreditation, the Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) Standards and supporting criteria stipulate the policies, procedures and documentation that need to be established, and used, and form an Operator’s Basic Fatigue Management fatigue management system. View Document (pdf file)
NATIONAL HEAVY VEHICLE ACCREDITATION SCHEME BUSINESS RULES
The Scheme allows heavy vehicle operators to demonstrate, through audit of their
compliance management systems, that their vehicles and drivers comply with
regulatory standards. By doing this, operators may gain access to some variation from
conventional compliance and enforcement practices. View Document (pdf file)

NHVAS Fatigue Management
NATIONAL HEAVY VEHICLE ACCREDITATION SCHEME BUSINESS RULES
This document sets out the current policies and procedures for the conduct of the Scheme, and is to be used by an agency offering the Scheme to operators in their jurisdiction. View Document (pdf file)
PERFORMANCE BASED STANDARDS SCHEME
Under the scheme, vehicles are designed to perform tasks in more productive, safe and sustainable ways. These vehicles do not subscribe to the traditional ‘prescriptive’ regulations regarding truck length and mass and are specifically designed to perform a certain task as productively and safely as possible. View Document (pdf file)
AIR SUSPENSION CODE OF PRACTICE CHECKLIST
This Wall Chart Checklist is to be used in conjunction with the Air Suspension Code of Practice “Guidelines for Maintaining and Servicing Air Suspension for Heavy Vehicles” book.
View Document (pdf file)
PBS STANDARDS DIAGRAM
Vehicles are assessed under the PBS scheme according to a set of minimum vehicle ‘performance’
standards to ensure they are stable on the road and can turn and stop safely. View Document (pdf file)

NHVR Fatigue Management
NHVR HEAVY VEHICLE (FATIGUE MANAGEMENT) NATIONAL REGULATION
This Regulation may be cited as the Heavy Vehicle (Fatigue Management) National Regulation.
View Document
(pdf file)
NHVR SUSPENSION STATEMENT
The trailers, trucks and prime movers listed in the schedule (overleaf) are being maintained by the company in accordance with Standard 8 of the Mass Management module of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS), namely that their suspension systems have been maintained and replaced according to appropriate specifications and codes as identified in the schedule.
View Document
(pdf file)

TRUCKSAFE
TRUCKSAFE MAINTENANCE STANDARDS
The Operator shall establish, implement and maintain procedures for the performance and recording of Daily Checks on vehicles. View Document (pdf file)
TRUCKSAFE MANAGEMENET STANDARDS
The operator must implement, maintain and control policies and procedures to ensure that the operation meets industry standards. View Document (pdf file)
TRUCKSAFE RULES
Operator Business Rules and Code of Conduct. View Document (pdf file)
TRUCKSAFE TRAINING STANDARDS
The operator must implement a company training/education policy/procedure that includes the need for induction and ongoing training. View Document (pdf file)
TRUCKSAFE WORKPLACE & DRIVER HEALTH STANDARDS
The operator must implement policy/ procedures to their applicable Occupational or Workplace Health and Safety (OH&S) legislation. View Document (pdf file)
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