Queensland’s Transition to
Smart On-Board Mass and Telematics
Monitoring Application

Press Release

About the changes

Effective from 1 December 2022, the Queensland Department of Transport & Main Roads (TMR) has announced upcoming changes which will harmonise the use of National Telematics Framework applications for heavy vehicles in Queensland with other jurisdictions. 

  These changes will involve transitioning vehicles in the:
  • Intelligent Access Program (IAP) to the Telematics Monitoring Application (TMA);
  • Interim On-Board Mass (OBM) Solution to Smart On-Board Mass (Smart OBM)

  • This transition will be phased in over an 18-month period. It is not mandatory for existing enrolled Transport Operators to immediately begin the transition as IAP and Queensland Interim OBM will continue to run concurrently during the transition period for those already operating under those programs. However: 
  • Existing enrolments must be fully transitioned to TMA and Smart OBM by the end of the transition period on 1 June 2024
  • From 1 December 2022, new entrants may only enroll in Smart OBM and TMA
  • About Smart OBM and TMA

    Smart OBM and TMA are Intelligent Transport Systems that have been certified by Transport Certification Australia (TCA). Smart OBM monitors the mass of a vehicles combination’s axle groups, while TMA records data such as a heavy vehicle’s position, time and speed.

      The difference between TMA and IAP is that:
  • IAP compares where you are traveling verses where you are allowed to travel for the purpose of identifying instances of non-compliance
  • TMA systems report road usage information for the purpose of road analytics. This data allows jurisdictions better understanding of how many vehicles use particular roads or bridges.
  • Changes apply to these vehicles

    There are no additional requirements being imposed; only change to which types of telematics are used. These changes only apply to:

  • Class 2 Performance-Based Standards (PBS) A-Doubles
  • Class 2 vehicles operating at HML
  • Class 2 PBS Level 1 & 2A Truck and Dog Trailers operating at HML
  • Some specified Class 3 Heavy Vehicles
  • Benefits of Smart OBM and TMA

    The transition to Smart OBM and TMA will deliver a range of benefits including:
  • Continued access to Queensland’s State road network for vehicles currently subject to telematics and on-board mass management requirements
  • Cross border efficiencies and a key step towards national harmonisation
  • Potential operational efficiencies and cost savings to industry
  • Transition period details

    The transitional period is 18 months, starting on 1 December 2022 and ending on 1 June 2024


    Effected heavy vehicles must be fully transitioned to TMA and Smart OBM by 1 June 2024 to continue to operate on State controlled roads in Queensland.

    Cancel IAP or Queensland Interim OBM

    If you are currently enrolled in IAP or Queensland Interim OBM, you will need to cancel your enrolment after enrolling in TMA and Smart OBM.

    To cancel IAP or Queensland Interim OBM enrolments, contact Transport and Main Roads at IAPAdmin@tmr.qld.gov.au

    Equipment requirements

    For customers already utilising Airtec SmartOBM units, your scales may already be compatible with TMA. However, transport operators should check with Airtec and their ASP provider to confirm. If new or upgraded equipment is required, this will need to be arranged.


    Smart OBM costs may vary depending on whether existing IVU’s and Airtec are compatible with TMA and Smart OBM, or if new equipment is required. 

    Transport operators should check with Airtec and their ASP provider to confirm equipment requirements and costs.

    Permit requirements

    Operators will not be required to apply for new permits. All existing permits will be amended to allow for the transition. Any new permits issued from 1 December 2023 will include TMA and/or Smart OBM as required.

    More Information

    Join TCA for a webinar on the 23rd of Feb 2023, which will provide participants with an overview of the changes. The webinar is free, however registration is required. If you cannot make the live session, register below and a link to the recording will be sent to you. 


    For further information, visit Business Queensland or Transport Certification Australia (TCA)

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