IPWEA resources to meet your Chain of Responsibility obligations

Changes to Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) come into play 1 October 2018. The new laws impose a Primary Duty on every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain to eliminate or minimise potential harm or loss (risk) by doing all that is reasonably practicable to ensure safety. Sound familiar? Well that’s not surprising, the new laws are very much in line with Workplace Health and Safety Law.

The approach to penalties also reflect WHS. Penalties for breaches of a primary duty are set at a maximum fine of $3 million for a corporation and $300,000 or five-years imprisonment, or both, for a person. The new law will also introduce enforceable undertakings and improvement notices.

These new laws do not only apply to the traditional transport companies moving freight around the country. Operators of diverse fleets such as Councils and utility companies must also comply. Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) applies to all persons operating heavy vehicles regardless of the employment status of those involved, for example a volunteer community bus driver and those managing the driver’s activities must comply. HVNL also applies to any vehicle (save rolling stock) over 4.5 tonne operated on the road network. This includes Graders, Cranes etc.

So where to start? Organisations need to take a holistic and coordinated approach to CoR compliance and this starts by:

  • Being informed and understanding your obligations
  • Understanding your risks, current systems and level of compliance (a gap analysis)
  • Planning and acting to close the gaps
  • Continually reviewing progress and effectiveness.


According to NHVR, the best way to meet Heavy Vehicle National Law obligations 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.

IPWEA and Latus partner in CoR Safety Management System

In conjunction with industry partner Latus, IPWEA now offer fleet operators a clear pathway to CoR compliance by introducing the Chain of Responsibility Safety Management System – CORSaMS.

CORSaMS is a comprehensive system comprising; frameworks, policy, procedure, training, auditing and certification. CORSaMS is available at 3 levels:

  • Basic an introductory level providing an overview of legislative requirements, an SMS structure and audit standards
  • Business includes the Basic level resources plus policies and procedure templates for development by the user, associated training materials, compliance forms and audit standards
  • Enterprise includes all Business level resources plus customized work instructions and associated training materials, compliance forms, operator guides, continuous improvement materials, auditing and certification.

CORSaMS provides the materials and support necessary to meet NHVR CoR obligations. Once CORSaMS has been implemented to the required standard, IPWEA will issue a CORSaMS – Chain of Responsibility Safety Management System Certificate. Certification is issued annually subject to the client maintaining necessary standards.

According to Latus CEO Mike Wood, “Working with IPWEA to develop CORSaMS provides a practical and industry focused way to assist clients meet their CoR obligations.”

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