Work and Rest Hours Exemption Permit - New South Wales


You will require this permit if you use a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle and intend to operate beyond prescribed maximum work times or under minimum rest times.

A fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle is any of the following:

  • a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of more than 12 tonnes
  • a combination with a GVM of more than 12 tonnes
  • a bus that is fitted to carry more than 12 people including the driver.

You may apply for this permit if you are:

  • an employer of a driver
  • a prime contractor for a driver
  • an operator or
  • a self-employed driver.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible you must apply using the approved form and state the following:

  • the period for which the exemption is sought
  • any conditions
  • the name of the heavy vehicle driver and
  • proposed maximum work times and minimum rest times.

You will need to pay the prescribed fee and provide any additional information required by the Regulator. You will be required to show that the advanced fatigue management or basic fatigue management limits are not suitable and that the proposed work and rest times are safe. You must ensure that the driver of the fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle has a copy of the exemption permit in their possession while driving.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Not more than 3 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Heavy Vehicle National Law (NSW) New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Heavy Vehicle (Fatigue Management) National Regulation (NSW) New South Wales

Administering agency

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries, Fatigue Management Team

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Mailing address: PO Box 492
Fortitude Valley
Queensland 4006
Phone: 1300 696 487
Fax: 1300 736 798