What is a Registered Industry Code of Practice (RICP)?
A Registered Industry Code of Practice (RICP) is a set of standards and procedures that has been developed in accordance with the Guidelines for Preparing and Registering Industry Codes of Practice (PDF, 497KB). It must also be assessed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) as qualifying for registration by the NHVR under section 706 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
An RICP must require and assist operational compliance with all relevant provisions of the HVNL by each party in the chain of responsibility. As a document, an RICP outlines guidance, procedures and best practice principles to assist adopters of the code in undertaking reasonable steps to meet their chain of responsibility and driving obligations under the HVNL.
A distinguishing feature of an RICP is its ability to play an evidentiary role in court proceedings (pursuant to Chapter 10 of the HVNL).
How will developing an RICP benefit my business?
An RICP establishes standards and procedures for parties in the chain of responsibility to identify, analyse, evaluate and mitigate general risks associated with meeting obligations under the HVNL. When an individual, group or corporation adopts an RICP, they are proactively meeting their chain of responsibility and driving obligations under the legislation and creating the standards under which their risk management process should operate.
How will adopting an RICP benefit my business?
Individuals, groups or corporations can freely adopt an RICP to develop a compliance and safety risk management process that addresses their HVNL obligations. As such, an RICP can be used to tailor an adopter’s risk management process to suit the specific needs of their operating environment.
By adopting an RICP and developing an effective risk management process, adopters may be offered protection from certain litigation as they will be able to prove that they have complied with all relevant standards and procedures.
Who can develop an RICP?
An individual, group or corporation can develop an RICP in accordance with the Guidelines for Preparing and Registering Industry Codes of Practice (PDF, 497KB).
What is the cost of developing an RICP and is financial assistance is available?
The NHVR will require an initial contribution for administration costs associated with assessing and registering industry codes of practice. The fee is applied immediately after the NHVR gives a developer approval to proceed with development of an Industry Code of Practice.
A further contribution will be sought prior to the code of practice being registered. This amount will vary based on the complexity of the code of practice and the level of subject matter expertise required for assessment.
The Federal Government has announced funding of $350,000 to assist developers in offsetting costs associated with developing and registering industry codes of practice.
For further information see Costs and funding