If so, you’ve probably heard about Chain of Responsibility legislation. The laws are designed to make people responsible if their actions, inactions or demands contribute to a road safety breach.
By doing this course, you will learn what responsibilities you have to road safety and how you can avoid causing or contributing to a breach and being held responsible under Chain of Responsibility.
Note: On 1 October 2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will be amended so that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities. AVELING’s Chain of Responsibility course is fully up-to-date and reflects these amendments. New topics that have been added to cover the updated legislation include:
- Primary Responsibilities and Risk management
- Updated Legislative Requirements
- Offences and Penalties
- Roles of Owners, Operators, Loading Managers and Executive Officers
- Understanding the Chain of Responsibility legislation and its purpose
- Recognise who can be held responsible under Chain of Responsibility
- Identify legislative requirements, offences and penalties
- Understand what must be managed to avoid road safety breaches
- Understand specific responsibilities of certain parties in the transport chain
State/Territory Chain of Responsibility Legislation
In 2014, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, known as the NHVR, began operating in most Australian states and territories, including:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- The Northern Territory
- South Australia
The NHVR regulates heavy vehicles that have a gross vehicle mass of over 4 and a half tonnes and with its introduction came a new set of laws, called the Heavy Vehicle National Laws (HVNL). The introduction of these laws mean that for the first time, heavy vehicle drivers, operators and others in the supply chain work to the same rules, regardless of where they work.
The concept of Chain of Responsibility is fully integrated into the Heavy Vehicle National Laws, meaning all parties in the road transport supply chain can be held responsible for their actions and inactions for breaches of:
- Road transport
- Load restraint laws
AVELING’s Chain of Responsibility Awareness course covers the key concepts under the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) chain of responsibility requirements. More details are available from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
Following proclamation of supporting regulations, ‘Chain of Responsibility’ legislation was introduced into WA law on 27 April 2015. The Chain of Responsibility provisions recognise that all parties have safety responsibilities when goods are transported by road. More information is available from Main Roads WA
Employers may choose to use AVELING’s Chain of Responsibility course as part of their Risk Management plan, to educate off-road parties and drivers about their responsibilities for fatigue management, speed management and load size, dimension and weight limit.
Topic 1 – What is Chain of Responsibility?
Section 1 – The Chain of Responsibility Process
Section 2 – The Transport Chain
Topic 2 – Legislative requirements, offences and penalties
Section 1 – Offences under Chain of Responsibility
Section 2 – Taking ‘reasonable steps’
Section 3 – Penalties
Topic 3 – What must be managed?
Section 1 – Speed management
Section 2 – Fatigue management and driver health
Section 3 – Vehicle loads
Section 4 – Dangerous goods
Topic 4 – Specific responsibilities
Section 1 – Shared responsibilities
Section 2 – Consignors
Section 3 – Packers
Section 4 – Loaders
Section 5 – Drivers
Section 6 – Schedulers
Section 7 – Receivers
Section 8 – Operators, owners and managers
$77 (incl GST)
Anyone involved in the transport supply chain or uses road transport services for business. This includes, but is not limited to consignors, packers, loaders, drivers, schedulers, operators and receivers.
A Certificate of Participation will be emailed at the end of the course.