Awareness Courses

This page contains information about the different levels of awareness Chain of Responsibility courses provided through this website.

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There are currently two awareness Chain of Responsibility courses available through this website, including:

  1. Introduction to Chain of Responsibility (Awareness)
  2. Apply Chain of responsibility Legislation, Regulations and Workplace Procedures (Basic)

Each course is outlined further below:

Introduction to Chain of Responsibility (Awareness):

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Course Outline

The “Introduction to CoR” course will provide you with a short introduction to the Chain of Responsibility legislation and what it might mean to you, as a member of the supply chain.

On completion of the “Introduction to Chain of Responsibility” course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the Chain of Responsibility (or CoR) legislation
  • Define the target areas of the legislation
  • Summarise the responsibilities for each key party in the supply chain, and
  • Take action if you observe a potential or actual breach of Chain of Responsibility

This course is an introductory course only and is not nationally recognised for ‘TLIF0001: Apply Chain of responsibility Legislation, Regulations and Workplace Procedures’. You will receive a Certificate of Completion only – not a Statement of Attainment.

This course is an interactive and engaging way to build your knowledge of the Chain of Responsibility. The course is narrated and includes a short quiz at the end of the course.

Course Duration:

Please allow approximately 30 minutes to complete this course and the related assessment.

(If you would like to complete an nationally recognised Chain of Responsibility course that will count towards your Certificate IV in Driving Operations, you will need to complete our nationally recognised ‘Chain of Responsibility – Level 1’ course.)

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Apply Chain of responsibility Legislation, Regulations and Workplace Procedures (Basic):

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Course Description:

The “‘Basic CoR Level 1” course is a more comprehensive basic-level course that uses the course content from our nationally recognised “CoR – Level 1” course (TLIF0001) but with basic quiz-based assessment only.

This course is an introductory course only and is not nationally recognised for ‘TLIF0001: Apply Chain of responsibility Legislation, Regulations and Workplace Procedures’. You will receive a Certificate of Completion only – not a Statement of Attainment.

You should complete this course if you are not currently working or are not in a job where you are able to clearly demonstrate awareness of chain of responsibility while completing your work tasks. If you do start working or change job roles, this course can be upgraded to the nationally recognised CoR Level 1 course on completion of the additional assessment tasks (including the practical workplace assessment) and payment.

Course Outline:

The “‘Basic CoR Level 1” course will provide you with an introduction to how to follow the requirements of the Chain of Responsibility legislation, as a member of the supply chain.

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the Chain of Responsibility (or CoR) legislation
  • Explain the importance of safe load restraint, appropriate load mass and dimension, and prevention of driver fatigue and speeding
  • Identify key responsibilities, requirements and actions for load restraint, load mass and dimension, driver fatigue and driver speeding, and
  • Take action if you observe a potential or actual breach of Chain of Responsibility

This course is an interactive and engaging way to build your knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the Chain of Responsibility. The course is narrated and includes short quizzes at the end of each module.

Once you have successfully completed the course and quizzes, you will be issued with a Certificate of Completion only, not a formal Statement of Attainment.

If you want a full Statement of Attainment you will need to complete further practical assessments at your workplace and have them signed off by your supervisor, and marked by our assessor, as well as a short answer assessment and verbal assessment with our assessor.

Course Duration:

Please allow approximately 90 minutes to complete this course and the online assessment quizzes to get the Certificate of Completion.

If you want to upgrade to the nationally recognised CoR Level 1 course to get the full Statement of Attainment, you will need to allow another 2-4 hours to complete the additional assessments tasks.

Pre-requisite requirements:

There are no pre-requisite requirements for this course.

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Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation extends the general liability for offences to road freight consignors, receivers, packers and loaders. Rather than pursue the ‘soft target’ on the roadside – truck drivers and operators – authorities can now investigate along the supply chain and up and down the corporate chain of command. The days of ‘all care and no responsibility’ are over.

CoR is similar to the legal concept of ‘duty of care’ that underpins Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) law. This approach has long been used by the courts to impose liability in negligence and damages claims.

CoR legislation is already a feature of laws covering mass and dimension limits, load restraint requirements, driving hours and dangerous goods laws. The laws have also been expanded toinclude fatigue, speeding and vehicle standards.

Penalties and sanctions range from formal warnings to court imposed fines and penalties relating to the commercial benefit derived from offences. Supervisory intervention orders and prohibition orders banning individuals from the industry can be applied to ‘persistent or systematic’ offenders.

Who should do “Chain of Responsibility” courses on a yearly basis?

  • Consigner
  • Consignee
  • Packer
  • Loader
  • Scheduler
  • Driver
  • Receiver
  • Carrier
  • Manufacturer
  • Employee
  • Employer
  • Owner
  • Board of Directors
  • Senior officials
  • Dispatch Officer
  • Operator
  • Person in charge or apparently in charge of a vehicle
  • Agent
  • Sub contactor
  • Authorised officer
  • Elected Councillors
  • External Clients
  • Receiver
  • Forwarder
  • Dispatcher
  • Yard Foreman
  • Safety Regulators
  • Police / Enforcement Officials
  • Public
  • Sub Contractors

Anyone involved in the transport supply chain or uses road transport services for business. Parties in the ‘Chain of Responsibility’ (in addition to the driver) include:

  • the employer of a driver
  • the prime contractor of a driver
  • the operator of a vehicle
  • the scheduler of goods or passengers for transport by the vehicle and also the scheduler of its driver
  • both the consignor and consignee of the goods transported by the vehicle
  • the loading manager i.e. the person who supervises loading or unloading or manages premises where regular loading or unloading occurs
  • and the loader and unloader of the goods carried by the vehicle

At the end of these online programs you will understand how to comply with the new legislation. You will understand what ‘reasonable steps’ can be taken to prevent a breach from occurring in your workplace or as a result of your activities.

There are no limits to the ways in which you can do this. What constitutes reasonable steps will vary according to each individual’s circumstances. You may need to change the way you do business on a daily basis. Taking reasonable steps could include:

  • developing an industry code of practice
  • use of accreditation schemes
  • reviewing your business practices
  • changing your commercial arrangements
  • adopting a risk management approach

Taking ‘reasonable steps’

Under the new laws, everyone in the supply chain must take ‘reasonable steps’ to prevent driver fatigue and ensure a driver does not drive a heavy vehicle while impaired by fatigue – an approach consistent with existing Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) laws.

Employers and customers will be held accountable for dangerous work schedules and long truck queues, which are known to be major causes of fatigue. If poor business practices endanger the lives of other road users, there will be severe penalties for those responsible.

Penalties escalate sharply for offences which pose a serious road safety risk and may include court-imposed fines of up to $50,000 and demerit points.

Pointing the finger at someone else who has broken the law does not automatically mean you are no longer responsible. In some circumstances, you may have multiple duties under the Chain of Responsibility and are therefore also liable.

To comply with the law, you should ensure that you can demonstrate reasonable steps were taken to prevent a breach from occurring in your workplace or as a result of your activities.

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