Intelligent Access Program (IAP)

Intelligent Access Program (IAP) is a national program developed in partnership with all Australian road agencies.

It uses satellite tracking and wireless communication technology to remotely monitor where, when, and how heavy vehicles are being operated on the road network. IAP provides an opportunity for transport operators to achieve productivity gains, better turnaround times and increased profits by allowing more access or increasing allowable mass in exchange for compliance.

Australian states and territories vary in their requirements for vehicle types required to operate under IAP within their jurisdictions. Operators, therefore, should check with each jurisdiction to find out whether their vehicle(s) can travel in that state and whether IAP is required. Further details about IAP nationally are available on the IAP website.

IAP in Victoria

The use of IAP, which commenced in Victoria in November 2008, is a condition of access to the Victorian road network based upon an assessment of risk. Where the application of IAP mitigates risks to safety or road infrastructure, IAP is applied as a condition of access.

On 8 December 2019, all IAP services for Victoria transitioned to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). Operators enrolling in IAP for Victoria should complete the NHVR IAP enrolment form and submit the form to [email protected]. All enquiries about IAP in Victoria should also be directed to [email protected] or by calling the NHVR on (03) 8329 3770.

IAP in Victoria currently applies to three different vehicle types – larger mobile cranes, concrete pump trucks and Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles, particularly PBS vehicles that:

  • exceed 26 metres in length and/or, 68.5 tonnes in weight;
  • are fitted with a quad-axle group in excess of 22.5 tonnes (up to 27 tonnes);
  • or require a Tier 3 PBS bridge assessment to operate on the network. 

NOTE: While enrolment in IAP is a road condition for Higher Mass Limits (HML) vehicles operating in New South Wales and Queensland, it is NOT a requirement in Victoria.

IAP applies to mobile cranes that:

Where a mobile crane requires IAP, consent by permit will only be issued once the vehicle is fully operational under IAP. For information regarding 4 & 5-axle All Terrain Mobile Cranes (information bulletin, gazette notice and Victoria’s 4 & 5-axle Map Network)(External link) please refer to the 4 & 5-axle All Terrain Mobile Crane page on the Heavy Vehicle Map Networks in Victoria page.

For additional information re: 40.0 tonne cranes with more than 14.0 tonnes on a twin-steer see the National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice 2020 (No 1) (External link).

IAP is required for concrete pump trucks that either exceed 40.0 tonnes or operate in excess of 14.0 tonnes on a twin-steer (up to 16.0 tonnes), as per the Victorian Schedule in the National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice 2020 (No 1) (External link).

Where a concrete pump truck requires IAP, permits will only be issued by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (External link) once the vehicle is fully operational under IAP.

For additional information regarding concrete pump trucks (information bulletin, gazette notice and Victoria's 40t SPV Map Network) please refer to the 40t SPV section on the Heavy Vehicle Map Networks in Victoria page.

IAP is required for PBS Vehicles seeking to operate as a High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) on the HPFV Network, or when requiring a Tier 3 bridge assessment to operate on the network.

The applicant is required to provide an NHVR PBS Final Approval as supporting documentation. All other enquiries regarding PBS vehicles should be made to the NHVR on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487), [email protected], or can be found on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) page. Where a PBS vehicle requires IAP, permits will only be issued once the vehicle is fully operational under IAP.

For additional information regarding PBS Vehicles (information bulletin, gazette notice and PBS and HPFV map networks) please refer to the PBS and HPFV section on the Heavy Vehicle Map Networks in Victoria page.

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