Fatigue management

Resource packages for operators

This page has a package of resources available for download which have been developed to assist transport operators to follow the Fatigue Management Code of Practice.

Read the Code of Practice.

This package has been developed by the Northern Territory Road Transport Association, NT WorkSafe and the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.

The package of resources documents are contained in the Northern Territory road transport fatigue management package PDF (374.2 KB).

Five individual documents from the package are available below in Microsoft Word and pdf formats for operators to use or modify.

How to use this package

There is no requirement for operators to use this package but they are required to ensure their systems meet work health and safety obligations in relation to the management of fatigue.

If operators currently have records or systems in place similar to the this package, they do not need to duplicate or replace these records.

For example, many operators may maintain driver’s records similar to the sample driver’s diary in this package.

Who should use it

The package is aimed at transport operators, both smaller owner/driver operators and larger companies employing a number of drivers.

The package can be adapted to meet the needs of the transport industry including:

  • tourist and commercial passenger vehicle sectors
  • smaller owner/driver operators
  • larger companies employing a number of drivers
  • heavy vehicle freight operations.

Download package documents

Part 1 - guide to fatigue management

This guide provides you with a simple method of checking your fatigue management system to ensure you're meeting your work health and safety requirements.

guide to fatigue management PDF (302.1 KB)

guide to fatigue management DOC (99.0 KB)

Part 2 - sample risk assessment

This is a sheet that can be used in the trip planning stage to ensure fatigue is being effectively managed.

A risk assessment should be conducted for each initial regular trip or a one-off trip.

A further risk assessment should be done if operating conditions change, for example, a new driver is used for a trip or the roads are affected by flooding.

sample risk assessment PDF (100.1 KB)

sample risk assessment DOC (141.0 KB)

Part 3 - sample driver's diary

You should maintain accurate records of driver work and rest schedules. A sample driver's diary is one way you can do this.

If you already use a different system to record driver work and rest schedules then you don't need to also implement a driver's diary. It's recommended that you keep these records for five years.

sample driver's diary PDF (66.1 KB)

sample driver's diary DOC (102.0 KB)

Part 4 - model of a fatigue management operations manual

You can use this document to create policy, forms for recording information relating to driver training, medical examinations and internal review.

model of a fatigue management operations manual PDF (184.7 KB)

model of a fatigue management operations manual DOC (314.5 KB)

Part 5 - model of an owner-driver fatigue management system

This includes a fatigue management policy and uses a question and answer style to cover the aspects you should consider when managing your fatigue.

It also has a risk assessment sheet and driver's diary.

model of a owner-driver fatigue management system PDF (127.8 KB)

model of a owner-driver fatigue management system DOC (237.5 KB)

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Last updated: 17 February 2020

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