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Chain of Responsibility - New Primary Duty laws in 2018

Published: 01/03/2018

New Primary Duty laws in 2018

In mid 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.

CoR Gap Tool                Introduction to Risk Management             Safety Management Systems

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.

CoR Presention: Changes to Chain of Responsibility

CoR Presentation: Capability by Design

CoR Presentation: Philosphy of CoR

Know your role

CoR Checklist

Video links:

New Laws are Coming

CoR Forum: Chain of Responsibility in 2018

CoR Forum: Parties in the Supply Chain

For more information visit NHVR website

Click here to download an information booklet.

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