Existing approved routes for Australian Defence Force vehicles on public roads are being transitioned to online mapping systems.
The National Transport Commission (NTC) project will see 175 pages of textual route descriptions replaced with references to online geospatial maps.
Discussions between the ADF and jurisdictions about which online systems are most appropriate are ongoing, with the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) representing councils.
The NTC says the shift to online mapping will also provide enhanced legal certainty to all parties involved about where, and under what conditions, a specific type of ADF vehicle is permitted to travel.
The commission intends for all existing approved routes to be transitioned to online mapping systems, including those currently residing in permits issued to the ADF under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
This will further reduce the administrative effort in managing approved routes for ADF vehicles.
The decision-making process as to if and how ADF vehicles can travel on local road networks will remain unchanged, with the ADF still required to liaise with councils and state/territory governments on access.
How agreed access is displayed and utilised will move online to enable the ADF to more efficiently plan and manage the movements of its vehicles and equipment.