In Australia, the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 governs moving dangerous goods and transport of hazardous goods. Under the act, removalist companies are prohibited from moving substances that are corrosive, flammable, explosive, spontaneously combustible, toxic, oxidising or water-reactive.
Whether you’re using a removalist company to take care of your move for you or not, there are going to be restrictions to face in regards to hazardous and dangerous goods. Classifying these may be more difficult than you think and it’s important to be aware of what you can and can’t pack.
Explosives, combustibles and other hazardous goods
These are chemicals and other explosive substances that are considered combustible and can include:
- Pool chemicals
- Paints and paint thinners
- Household cleaning products
- Car batteries
- Methylated spirits
Plants and animal products
These are subject to domestic and international quarantine laws and may be prohibited when leaving or entering the country or crossing interstate borders. Quarantine matters in Australia are among the strictest in the world. Domestic quarantine concerns the restrictions that are placed on pests, diseases and weeds travelling across and within interstate borders. These pests and diseases can travel with you as you visit different parts of the country, sometimes without you even realising it. For more information on domestic quarantine in Australia, read our latest blog here.
You might not consider a liquid such as wine to be a dangerous good, but when transporting bottles alongside furniture, even the smallest of spills can create problems. Wine has the ability to stain furniture, clothes and fine art beyond repair. Extra care should be taken when transporting liquids to avoid any issues. Liquids which are considered dangerous include detergents, arsenic, pesticides and liquid polishes.
Ensure that all of your sharp objects, such as knives and garden tools, are protected with appropriate packing materials. Make sure there are no sharp objects protruding from the moving boxes as these are a hazard for anyone handling the boxes.
There are some exceptions to moving dangerous goods, provided the right packing techniques are used. For example, lawn mowers can be transported providing the gas and fuel has been emptied from them. LPG gas bottles can also be moved if they are completely empty and packed properly. Gas bottles need to be certified as empty by a gas specialist.
If you’re unsure whether something can be brought with you or not, it’s best to leave it behind or ask your removalist for advice. At Grace, we’ve put together a helpful moving checklist to assist with the packing which includes a list of dangerous goods that can’t be moved.