Chain of Responsibility
Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws ensure road safety management is a shared obligation by everyone who have responsibility or influence within the supply chain.
From October 1 Chain of Responsibility laws were amended and brought into line with current workplace health and safety provisions, with the focus moving away from deemed liability and onto primary duty.
Primary duty ensures that every party in the supply chain has an ongoing duty to ensure safe road practices are followed to reduce public risks.
As a primary producer, any time you send or receive goods using a heavy vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) exceeding 4.5 tonnes – regardless of whether the vehicle is yours or someone else’s – you become a part of the supply chain. As a result, you have a primary duty of care.
All CoR participants now need to proactively manage their road transport risks. As a result, we have updated our CoR policy to reflect this change in legislation and have adopted National Heavy Vehicle Regulation (NHVR) Safety Management Systems in our daily operations. These changes include:
• Updating our onsite safety management plans
• Increased training and staff awareness
• Introduction of the three-strikes policy for non-compliant deliveries
• Increased reporting to State Government Transport Department (RMS)
New Primary Duty penalties can see fines up to $3M for organisations, $300k for individuals, as well as up to 5 years imprisonment.