Australian Forum of Explosives Regulators (AFER)
AFER membership consists of representatives of the Competent Authorities for the Commonwealth, State and Territory explosives regulatory agencies, together with representatives from other relevant government authorities and the explosives industry.
Role of AFER
AFER is the lead body to provide recommendations to governments by way of the Workplace Relations Ministers Council (WRMC) through Safe Work Australia, on development of a nationally consistent framework for regulating the safety and security of explosives in Australia.
Australian Code for the Transport of Explosives by Road and Rail (AEC 3)
AFER has updated the Australian Code for the Transport of Explosives by Road and Rail to the 3rd edition (AEC 3) which was endorsed by the WRMC on 3 April 2009.
Safe Work Australia provides the Secretariat function for AFER which currently includes hosting the AFER website.
Phone: (02) 6121 7964
Fax: (02) 6275 3883
Transport and Classification of Explosive and Dangerous Goods:
- Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Services and Local Government (DITRSLG)
- National Transport Commission (NTC) (Model Law for Transporting Dangerous Goods including the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (ADG 7)
- United Nations
The role of AFER
In May 2006, the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council (WRMC) agreed that the Australian Forum of Explosives Regulators (AFER) would report to the WRMC on the development of nationally consistent explosives regulation.
At their September 2006 meeting, AFER decided that as a first step to developing national consistency in explosives regulation they should update the Australian Code for the Transport of Explosives by Road and Rail (AEC).
On 3 April 2009 the WRMC endorsed publication of the 3rd edition of the AEC 3.
Jurisdictions have advised that the AEC 3 will apply as law in Australia from 1 January 2010.
AFER representatives meet twice per year in May and November to consider AFER business. The meetings are hosted by jurisdictions on a rotational basis with the meeting Chair function provided by the host jurisdiction.
AFER is required to report to the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council (WRMC) through Safe Work Australia, with Safe Work Australia currently providing the Secretariat function for AFER.
AFER provides a forum to:
- share and transfer knowledge between regulatory authorities;
- review current trends in international explosives regulation;
- consider incident/accident information and investigation results with a view to improving safety and security outcomes pertaining to explosives in Australia; and
- offer industry the opportunity to share knowledge and to identify and resolve explosives related issues.
AFER may invite any representatives or interested parties to meetings, as appropriate to matters identified for consideration. All issues/matters for discussion will be undertaken formally through the submission of papers. Agenda items can be submitted through Competent Authorities or the Secretariat for the consideration of AFER.
Presentations to the forum may be made by members of AFER, or by parties invited by AFER, and with the agreement of the Secretariat and subject to the capacity of the host.
As advised on the homepage, each jurisdiction has an appointed Competent Authority to formalise AFER decisions and to establish a legislative basis for regulating explosives in their jurisdiction.
The next priority for AFER members is to consider mechanisms for achieving national consistency in explosives regulation.