Chain of Responsibility & Safety Management Systems

Simone Reinertsen

Stakeholder Specialist, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator


On 1 October 2018, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) was amended to provide that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities. In practical terms, this primary duty represents an obligation to eliminate or minimise potential harm or loss (risk) by doing all that is reasonably practicable to ensure safety. 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.

The NHVR will explain the changes to CoR, the impact on your business and how a Safety Management System can help you effectively manage your operation’s safety risks.


Simone is Melbourne-born and bred with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Fisheries and Aquaculture, but has found her passion in stakeholder engagement and relationship management. She has been employed by the NHVR for four years and previously worked for 10 years in the vocational training and education sector, advising the transport industry on training options and skills development. Continually inspired by the hard-working and passionate individuals she meets through her role, Sim aims to improve communication and collaboration across local government, industry and road transport agencies.

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