Changes to Chain of Responsibility

New Primary Duty laws in 2018

On 1 October 2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will be amended to provide that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities. In practical terms, this primary duty represents an obligation to eliminate or minimise potential harm or loss (risk) by doing all that is reasonably practicable to ensure safety. As a party in the supply chain, the best way to do this is to have safety management systems and controls in place, such as business practices, training, procedures and review processes that:

  • identify, assess, evaluate, and control risk
  • manage compliance with speed, fatigue, mass, dimension, loading and vehicle standards requirements through identified best practice
  • involve regular reporting, including to executive officers
  • document or record actions taken to manage safety.

Information sessions

The NHVR is holding more industry information sessions across the country to explain the changes to CoR, the impact on your business and how a Safety Management System can help you effectively manage your operation’s safety risks.

Register Date State Location Time Venue
Completed 14 Aug VIC Bendigo 1.30pm - 2.30pm AEST The All Seasons Hotel Bendigo, 171-183 McIvor Hwy
Completed 15 Aug VIC Warragul 1.30pm - 2.30pm AEST Warragul Club Downtowner, 55-57 Victoria St
Completed 15 Aug NT Darwin 9.30am - 10.30am ACST Rydges Palmerston, 15 Maluka Drive
Completed 16 Aug NSW Dubbo 1.30pm - 2.30pm AEST Dubbo RSL Club Resort, 178 Brisbane St
Completed 17 Aug NSW Wagga Wagga 1.30pm - 2.30pm AEST Wagga RSL Club, Kincaid St and Dobbs St
Completed 21 Aug TAS Hobart 1.30pm - 2.30pm AEST Brighton Motel Hotel, 141 Brighton Rd
Register 22 Aug TAS Launceston 1.30pm - 2.30pm AEST Best Western Plus Launceston, 3 Earl Street
Register 28 Aug SA Mt Gambier 1.30pm - 2.30pm ACST The Main Corner Complex, 1 Bay Road
Register 29 Aug SA Port Augusta 1.30pm - 2.30pm ACST Port Augusta Cultural Club, 6 Beauchamp Lane
Register 29 Aug QLD Mackay 4.00pm - 5.00pm AEST West Tigers Leagues Club, Branscombe Road
Register 11 Sep VIC Melbourne 1.30pm - 2.30pm AEST Hoppers Crossing Plaza Tavern, 250 Heaths Rd
Register 11 Sep VIC Melbourne 6.30pm - 7.30pm AEST Dandenong Club, 1579 Heatherton Rd
Register 12 Sep SA Adelaide 9.30am - 10.30am ACST Mawson Lakes Hotel, 10 Main Street
Register 12 Sep SA Adelaide 1.30pm - 2.30pm ACST Mawson Lakes Hotel, 10 Main Street
Register 18 Sep QLD Brisbane 9.30am-10.30am AEST Tech Park, 1 Clunies Ross Court
Register 18 Sep QLD Brisbane 1.30pm - 2.30pm AEST NHVR Brisbane office, 76 Skyring Tce
Register 18 Sep ACT Canberra 1.30pm - 2.30pm AEST The Roos Club Queanbeyan, 74 Stuart Street
Register 24 Sep NSW Newcastle 6.30pm - 7.30pm AEST Wests New Lambton Bowling Club, 1a Tauranga Rd
Register 24 Sep NSW Sydney 1.30pm - 2.30pm AEST Rooty Hill RSL ,55 Sherbrooke St

COR Gap Assessment Tool

  • Through a series of practical questions, the CoR Gap Assessment Tool enables you to examine your business practices and systems controls against known risks and recognised best practice.

CoR Gap Assessment Tool

Safety Management Systems

  • Introduction to risk management (PDF, 424KB) - This guide will familiarise you with risk management and help you begin to establish and refine your own processes for identifying, assessing and managing risks in your heavy vehicle transport activities.
  • SMS fact sheet (PDF, 269KB) - A Safety Management System is a systematic approach to managing safety, including the necessary organisational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures, which is integrated throughout the business wherever possible.

For more information see the following section of our website, Safety Management Systems (SMS).

This video provides first-hand accounts from four heavy vehicle operators and logistics companies about controls and systems they were implementing ahead of changes to Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws, coming in mid-2018.

CoR Building capability

The NHVR held a number of information sessions across Australia to help build the capability to identify risks associated your business' transport activities and understand how safety management systems can assist you to manage that risk and comply with your obligations under the HVNL. A video recording of one of the info sessions as well as copies of the presentations delivered can be viewed below.

Is your business ready? Are you ready?

If you are part of the supply chain, make sure you are aware of your role and responsibilities.

  • CoR checklist (PDF, 107KB) - Use this checklist for the tasks you undertake in your role to see if you are a party in the transport supply chain under the HVNL.
  • Know your role (PDF, 1.1MB) - New CoR laws are a significant step forward in recognising that everyone in the supply chain has a role to play in ensuring heavy vehicle safety.