Businesses in the transport, postal and warehousing industry

Gain an understanding of the legal, operational and business issues relevant to the transport, postal and warehousing industry.

The transport, postal and warehousing industry includes:

  • transporting passengers via taxi and luxury car hire services
  • transporting passengers and freight by road, rail, water or air
  • postal, courier pick-up and delivery services
  • scenic and sightseeing transport
  • warehousing other storage activities

Further advice and assistance

You should check our general business information for additional regulations and obligations relevant to your business. For further advice and assistance, contact your accountant, solicitor or business adviser. You may also wish to consult with an industry association or group for more information and advice on your industry.

Legislation, standards and initiatives

Key legislation

Industry codes of practice

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) outlines the transport industry’s individual state or territory codes of practice.

Search the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)

Find the licences and permits you need for your business.

Licences and permits

State or territory governments manage the licences and permits for the transport, postal and warehousing industry.

The licences and permits you may need include:

  • taxi licence
  • towing licence
  • boating licence
  • limousine and luxury car licence
  • heavy vehicle licensing and accreditation
  • public weighbridge licensing
  • local and international trade regulations
  • customs licensing
  • warehouse licensing
  • qualifications to store/transport certain goods or services (e.g. food, waste)
  • approval of transport security plans


The transport, postal and warehousing industry have specific Goods and Services Tax (GST) measures. Know your GST obligations and register with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to ensure you can claim your GST credits.

Visit the ATO website to learn more about the GST requirements for the transport, postal and warehousing industry:

Other tax measures that may apply to your transport, postal and warehousing business include:

Levies and charges

Levies and charges fund activities that support the industry, such as:

  • build new roads and routes
  • maintain transport resources
  • operate related services

The main levies that apply to the transport, postal and warehousing industry include levies on:

  • vehicle permits and licences
  • transport facility charges
  • road safety
  • airport and trade levies

Employ people

If you employ staff, you need to comply with Australia’s national workplace laws specific to the transport, postal and warehousing industry.

Workplace health and safety (WHS)

All business must comply with general occupational health and safety regulations. The transport, postal and warehousing industry also has state specific WHS requirements. These include:

  • traffic management
  • fatigue management
  • load management for drivers
  • roadside operations
  • forklift operations
  • manual handling
  • working at height
  • working near overhead wires or underground services
  • waste management
  • working with dangerous goods and hazardous substances
  • working alone

Additional resources to help you manage your WHS include:

Intellectual property

As well as trade marks, transport, postal and warehousing businesses may consider patents to protect inventions such as new equipment, new machinery, new systems or processes.


Alongside compulsory insurances, the transport, postal and warehousing industry has specific insurances. These insurances include:

  • transportation vehicles and vessels
  • equipment and machinery
  • cargo and goods
  • property and buildings
  • business interruption

Government organisations

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