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Chain of Responsibility

What is CoR?

Chain of Responsibility (CoR) is a legal principle which holds all parties in the supply chain responsible for transport safety - not just the driver.

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) was introduced in 2014 everywhere except NT and WA. From its inception, the HVNL has included Chain of Responsibility requirements, however their application and effects have been limited.

From 1st October 2018, changes to the current Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation will be introduced in all states and territories of Australia, excluding Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The aim of CoR is to make sure everyone in the supply chain shares responsibility for ensuring breaches of the Heavy Vehicle National Law do not occur. Under CoR laws if you are a party in the chain of responsibility and you control or influence any transport task (or have the capacity to do so), you have a responsibility to ensure the Heavy Vehicle National Law is complied with.

CoR legislation encompasses the key areas of fatigue, speed, load/mass dimensions, vehicle standards and maintenance.

Who is in the chain?

The Chain of Responsibility involves anyone that controls or influences the transportation of goods, this even includes people that are not on the road or in the warehouse, such as the scheduler who is determining pick-up and delivery dates for various transportations. Everyone in the supply chain must walk the safety talk. Each role can help risk manage.

Where should I go for more information?

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and regulations imposes a primary duty in the chain of responsibility. Businesses are required to comply by identifying their risks, and develop and implement control measures tailored to their circumstances.  To meet your obligations under the HVNL and regulations you are required to seek independent advice to assess your circumstances.

If you would like to find more detailed information about CoR legislation changes, we suggest visiting:

NHRV  NatRoad


NTI's CoR Health Check

CoR health check is designed to help business of all sizes understand their compliance obligations, support safer drivers, safer vehicles and strong businesses. 

What is the CoR Health Check?

As Australia’s leading specialist insurer in transport and logistics, NTI has worked with industry experts to develop a CoR Health-check, as well as a range of risk tools and templates to help businesses of all sizes understand their compliance obligations, support safer drivers, safer vehicles and stronger businesses.

The work being done in this space is independent of the insurance side of the business and recognises the importance of reporting better safety data to drive better outcomes.

Our research indicates that SMEs need simple messages and tools that build awareness, educate and give practical tips for managing their business and the CoR Health Check helps delivers.

It’s important to note that the assessment tool is guide only and does not replace the relevant legal advice. It does not tell a business owner whether they are compliant or not, rather, gives important insights into safety and risk and how their business fares.

Developed with the industry

The CoR tool has been developed with input from a wide range of industry experts and leaders.

We have involved legal experts such as Gillian Bristow from Cooper Grace Ward, specialist knowledge from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and transport industry associations.

Your data and the Health Check

The data collected from customers who use the CoR Health-check tool is housed in a secure online environment and NTI has a confidential sharing arrangement with the developers of the online platform.

Data collection will allow NTI to better understand our customers and the industry in which they operate, whilst also allowing us to undertake benchmarking.

Data is also collected so NTI can roll out more tools like this to customers in the future which are relevant to them and their business.

All data is secure and subject to our privacy policy and will not impact decisions used to deny claims or how we renew individual policies.


The Health Check does not contain a definitive list of Heavy Vehicle National Law and regulatory requirements. The results generated from this Health Check relies on your responses to the questions and is intended to be a guide only. To meet your obligations under the HVNL and regulations you are required to seek independent advice to assess your circumstances.

Next Steps

The process to better understand how your business is impacted and any improvements you may have to make to meet the new requirements is simple:

  1. Complete the health check;
  2. Download your report and;
  3. Follow the directions to our tools and templates which can assist you in the areas identified for improvement.