Is your company prepared? 4 Upcoming Amendments to Chain of Responsibility (CoR)

Dec 19, 2017

Changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law are coming in August 2018, and will affect not only transportation industries but every business using freight logistics across Australia.

Does your company have a process in place for assessing Chain of Responsibility (CoR)?

Changes to the CoR law are guaranteed to affect day-to-day operations of every business. Is your company prepared?

Changes to Chain of Responsibility (CoR) Law

New Primary Duty

Each person or company involved in CoR “so far as is reasonably practicable” has a non-transferable duty to ensure the safety of transport activities regarding a heavy vehicle. Persons and companies must ensure conduct does not cause or encourage the driver to breach any CoR Laws.

Executive Office Liability

Executive officers must ensure that corporations comply with revised duties regarding HVNL. Executive officers may be held personally liable if there is a breach.


New penalties regarding failure of primary duty will include a maximum of 5 years imprisonment, a $300,000 fine for individuals or a $3 million fine for corporations.


Individuals and businesses will be judged in the case of a breach to ensure that they have done all that was reasonably practical for that business.

The above changes make it essential for companies to minimise and eliminate harm/loss by doing all that is reasonably practical to ensure safety.

More information regarding these changes can be found at, which states, “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

BROWZ Can Help

BROWZ offers a prequalification and safety management system that makes assessing Chain of Responsibility Heavy Vehicle Transport Suppliers simple and streamlined. Prequalification with BROWZ helps ensure that employees, systems, and practices across your supply chain are safe and compliant.

With BROWZ, you can verify and ensure that suppliers are qualified with several key compliance/safety questions related to Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). BROWZ makes it simple for suppliers to self-report with an online questionnaire as part of the registration process, making it easier for your company to identify, assess, evaluate, and control risk.

To learn more about the BROWZ Chain of Responsibility (CoR) assessment, contact BROWZ here