Pre­par­ing for COR

NatRoad has re­leased a new hand­book to keep its mem­bers in the loop over up­dated chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity laws that will come into ef­fect from mid-2018. War­ren Clark writes

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SAFETY IN the trans­port in­dus­try is a hot topic. With strength­ened chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity (COR) laws due to come into play from June next year, many NatRoad mem­bers have al­ready be­gun lay­ing the ground­work to en­sure their busi­ness is equipped for the change.

Get­ting COR right should be a pri­or­ity for ev­ery trans­port op­er­a­tor. Ac­cord­ing to the Bureau of In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port and Re­gional Eco­nom­ics, the fa­tal crash rate in­volv­ing ar­tic­u­lated trucks has steadily de­clined over the past three years. How­ever, a de­clin­ing fa­tal crash rate is not enough.

Un­til the num­ber of fa­tal ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing trucks in Aus­tralia is zero, there is al­ways more that we can do as an in­dus­try.

That’s why it’s crit­i­cal that the in­dus­try gets be­hind the tough­en­ing of COR laws.

The new COR laws will mean all par­ties in the chain will be re­spon­si­ble for proac­tively manag­ing the risks as­so­ci­ated with their trans­port ac­tiv­i­ties.

With fines of up to $3 mil­lion for busi­nesses, it will be­come more im­por­tant than ever for par­ties in the chain to ac­tively man­age risks – as op­posed to sim­ply re­act­ing to a breach.

Al­though many of our mem­bers are al­ready pre­par­ing for changes, for the av­er­age busi­ness owner the laws can be com­plex and some­what daunt­ing. That’s why NatRoad is do­ing what­ever we can to help the in­dus­try pre­pare for these changes.

It’s our as­sess­ment that the in­dus­try needs to be pro­vided with tools that are both easy to un­der­stand and ap­ply.

To bring this com­mit­ment to life, we have re­leased a hand­book and a set of prac­ti­cal tools to help guide busi­nesses with the ev­ery­day ap­pli­ca­tion of COR laws.

Our in-house in­dus­try pol­icy ad­viser, Ju­lia Collins, launched the new user-friendly COR tool­kit at the 2017 NatRoad Con­fer­ence in early Septem­ber this year.

We are con­scious that most of our mem­bers are small busi­ness oper­a­tors so we aimed to keep the hand­book sim­ple and sup­port it with a num­ber of ad­di­tional check­lists and tools.

It ex­plains how to de­velop a ba­sic safety man­age­ment sys­tem and how to work with other par­ties in the chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The hand­book gives busi­nesses a head­start in ap­ply­ing the changes to their busi­ness.

While the elec­tronic copy is avail­able on the NatRoad web­site for mem­bers, printed copies of the hand­book can be or­dered by con­tact­ing NatRoad.

The book in­cludes tear- out check­lists and guides that can be kept in the truck or pro­vided to other par­ties in the chain.

Tak­ing a mod­ern, user-friendly ap­proach to com­mu­ni­ca­tion, we plan to sup­port the hand­book by host­ing a se­ries of we­bi­nars. From un­der­stand­ing your con­trac­tual ar­range­ments and proac­tive risk man­age­ment, to un­der­stand­ing your po­ten­tial li­a­bil­i­ties un­der the new laws, the we­bi­nars are an easy way to hear first-hand what the changes mean for your busi­ness and how to get pre­pared.

More in­for­ma­tion on the hand­book, tool­kit and we­bi­nar se­ries will be made avail­able on the NatRoad web­site at

“The laws can be com­plex and some­what daunt­ing”


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