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Fatigue Management

TLIF0005 Apply a Fatigue Risk Management System (advised for drivers) and  TLIF0006 Administer a Fatigue Risk Management System (advised for managers and schedulers)


Smiths Training Services Fatigue Management training can be delivered by our nationally accredited trainers at any facility or work site across the country or you can come and visit us in our air conditioned training room.

About the Fatigue Laws

New Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue laws commenced on 29 September, 2008 making all parties in the supply chain legally responsible for preventing driver fatigue. The new laws apply to a truck with a GVM of over 12 tonnes or a combination if the total of the GVM’s is over 12 tonnes.

The new laws also apply to a bus or coach with more than 12 seats, including the driver.LR to MC Driver Training

The laws change the focus from regulating hours to managing fatigue. Working long hours and fighting body clock circadian rhythms at night is widely recognised as high risk. Operators and drivers who comply by managing fatigue risks through accreditation schemes will have greater control over scheduling work and rest breaks. Productivity levels can be maintained and frequently enhanced by better planning trips and rest breaks, maintaining and validating accurate records, and training drivers and schedulers to understand and address the causes of driver fatigue.

What are the options?

There are three options for maximum work time and the minimum rest time to choose from (refer table below). The Standard Hours option will suit most businesses as it sets default limits for work and rest. If drivers need more flexible hours, consider applying for Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) or Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM).

Work and Rest Options

Option Requirements
Standard Hours Basic work and rest limits
Basic Fatigue Management (NHVAS accredited) More flexible work and rest hours linked to accreditation
Advanced Fatigue Management (NHVAS accredited) Create a customised safety management system and work hours linked to accreditation

Chain of Responsibility (CoR)

Full truck and transportation course Sunshine CoastUnder this new legislation, operators and schedulers who contribute to fatigue by setting unrealistic schedules and requiring fatigued drivers to exceed basic work and rest limits can now be prosecuted and face tougher penalties. Similar laws have successfully reduced overloading offences. The reform imposes a general duty to manage fatigue that requires all parties in the supply chain take all reasonable steps.

To qualify for BFM and AFM, an operator must produce a Statement of Attainment issued by a  Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

To access BFM, operators will need to be accredited in the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS), and comply with six BFM standards covering scheduling and rostering, fitness for duty, fatigue knowledge and awareness, responsibilities, internal review, and records and documentation.

All training resulting in a Statement of Attainment, including ‘Apply Fatigue Management Strategies’ and ‘Administer Implementation of Fatigue Management Strategies’, is recognised nationally and issue through one of our partner RTO’s.

As we have real on road driving experience from our years of interstate transport we will also show you how to complete your national work diary correctly and explain how to count time.

Why dealing directly with Smiths Training Services is better than dealing with an RTO?

  • Whilst the RTO is the one that issues the nationally recognised competencies, they still rely on trainer/assessors to deliver the training.
  • The RTO is the admin component of training. The trainer/assessor is the person with the industry experience. 
  • Whenever you have questions about a course, the majority of the time the RTO cannot answer them and has to refer back to the trainer/assessor.
  • The RTO will send whatever trainer/assessor they have available and at times one with little to no industry experience.
  • Dealing directly with Smiths Training;
  • We will deal with the right RTO for your nationally recognised qualifications.
  • We are the trainer/assessors, the ones with the real industry experience.
  • When you engage our services you know who your trainer is.
  • The vast majority of times we can answer your questions without hesitation.
  • We are a small family owned business, not a big corporate provider that possibly only treat you as a number.
  • We never cancel our courses, once committed, the course goes ahead, regardless of numbers.
  • Many RTO’s attempt to engage our services regularly to deliver training on their behalf.