Heavy Vehicle Accreditation

In WA, operators of certain types of heavy vehicles must become accredited to gain a permit or notice from Main Roads.

Western Australian Heavy Vehicle Accreditation is mandatory for individuals and organisations that require a permit or notice to perform any transport task as part of a commercial business or for profit within Western Australia, including interstate operators.

Accreditation involves two modules - Fatigue and Vehicle Maintenance, which operators are required to incorporate into their daily work practices.

Accreditation does not exempt operators from complying with other requirements of the Road Traffic Act 1974.


How to become accredited

If you have management systems in place for fatigue and maintenance and can provide sufficient operating records, you can have an Entry Audit conducted by a Exemplar Global auditor. Once you have a compliant Entry Audit you can submit it to Main Roads with the required payment and become accredited. This option will suit those who are already operating in some manner i.e. Interstate operators.

For those who are new to the industry or for those who do not have sufficient operating records, you may have a Systems Audit conducted by a Exemplar Global auditor. Prior to the audit you must establish your management systems for maintenance and fatigue. Once you have a compliant Systems Audit you can submit it to Main Roads with the required payment. At this point you will receive provisional membership of the WAHVA Scheme for three months and have access to all RAV permit and notice products. Prior to the end of the three month period, your Exemplar Global auditor must return and carry out a follow up audit which must be submitted to Main Roads.

Failure to submit a compliant follow up audit will result in revocation of your WAHVA membership.

An Operator guide on how to become and stay accredited and samples forms is available for your information.

The Accreditation guidelines and forms page provides further information on joining the WAHVA Scheme.

Please note: HVO Update 4-2013 outlines the WAHVA requirements from 4 March 2013 including phasing out the  three month temporary permits from 4 March 2013.  The Accreditation Business Rules will be updated prior to 4 March to reflect these changes. 


Accreditation costs

Accreditation is valid for three years at a cost of $225.


Auditors Update

Copies of our Auditors Update publication are available for download below:



Your query may already be explained in the Accreditation FAQ section. If not, send us your query by email to If you would like to speak with an Accreditation officer, please phone 138 HVO (138 486).


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Modified: 10 Apr 2014