Road freight transport

Road freight transport is a priority industry under the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 (Australian Strategy). Road freight transport will be the focus of national prevention efforts for the first five years of the Australian Strategy to help reduce the high number of fatalities in this industry.

Go to the Australian Strategy for more information on the priority industries.

Safe Work Australia has published the Work health and safety in the road freight transport industry report which provides an overview of the work health and safety status within the road freight transport industry.

Information on all work-related fatalities occurring in this industry can be found in the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities 20010–11 report

Information on serious injuries and fatalities for which workers’ compensation was received in this industry can be found in the Compendium of Workers' Compensation Statistics Australia 2009–10.

For information on the transport of explosives view the Australian Code for the Transport of Explosives by Road and Rail - 3rd edition.

For information about national regulatory strategies for road, rail and intermodal transport go to the National Transport Commission (NTC) website.

Free truck driver health checks

Truck driver health checks are being offered as a joint initiative of Safe Work Australia, the National Transport Commission, preventionXpress and the Institute for Breathing and Sleeping.

From 16 April to 2 May 2014 free health checks will be conducted for heavy vehicle drivers in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.






16-17 April
BP Rockbank Truckstop, 1789 Western Highway ​
11.00am to 2.00pm 
4.00pm to 7.00pm
23-24 April
BP Beresfield Truckstop, John Renshaw Drive
6.00am to 10.00am
3.00pm to 8.00pm
1-2 May​
BP Port Wakefield, 22 Snowtown Road​
6.00am to 10.00am
3.00pm to 8.30pm


How does the test work?

The free, confidential, 10 minute health check will be conducted on-site at the relevant truck stop by a health professional and involves two quick steps:

  1. testing of height, weight, blood pressure and a blood prick test for diabetes, and
  2. a lifestyle questionnaire.

What do truck drivers get out of it?

The health check provides truck drivers with:

  • a convenient, easy way of checking their health
  • early notification of potential health issues, and
  • an immediate, easy to understand report with their results.

Any driver identified as having a high risk health issue will be referred to their GP and provided with contact details of relevant service providers for further information.

What will they be tested for?

Through the health checks truck drivers will learn more about their risk of Australia’s five major chronic preventable diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Personal health risk factors like alcohol, tobacco, balanced diet, physical activity, effective sleep pattern, fatigue and psychological health and wellbeing will also be identified.

What is the point of the health checks?

Road transport is a priority industry of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022. The health of
1 000 truck drivers will be tested during December, January and February. PreventionXpress will collect de-identified health information, compare the results against national data and provide a de-identified report to the National Transport Commission and Safe Work Australia. This information will be used in the development of preventative health programs or policies in the road freight transport industry.

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