Work Diary Exemption Permit - New South Wales


You will need this permit if you are the driver of a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle and you are unable to fill out a work diary.

A fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle is a:

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

All drivers of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles need to fill out a work diary. This exemption may be granted only if you have a literacy or print media impairment that makes using the work diary very difficult. This exemption allows you to nominate an alternate method to record work and rest details. These details are then to be transcribed into a work diary by a nominated person.

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 for this permit you must:

  • state the period for which the exemption is sought
  • include a letter from a competent person explaining the reason for granting the exemption.

A competent person can be a:

  • psychologist
  • speech pathologist
  • doctor who has known the driver for more than two years
  • literacy, language and numeracy practitioner
  • person who is qualified to assess the driver's English literacy.

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


Up to 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

Additional information

You must carry this exemption permit with you when you are driving.

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:


National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

New South Wales
Mailing address: PO Box 492
Fortitude Valley
Queensland 4006
Phone: 1300 696 487
Other: 1300 736 798
Website: About the NHVAS (Opens in new window)