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CoR Compliance Email Update – 18th September 2015

Welcome to your weekly CoR Compliance Email Update! This Newsletter will help you to keep up to date with the Chain of Responsibility laws that govern the transport and logistics industry.

Industry and legislation updates

Electronic work diaries to be voluntary: confirmed

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has welcomed the announcement by Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport, Jackie Trad, that Electronic Work Diary use will be on a voluntary basis only.

Queensland Paves the way for Trucking to use Electronic Work Diaries

Moves to introduce electronic work diaries (EWD) throughout most of Australia have cleared the first stage, with Queensland’s parliament passing legislation to permit the use of the devices.

Auditors get NHVAS training

Organised by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, the training program saw heavy vehicle auditors sharpen their skills and processes to strengthen the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme and improve the safety and credibility of the industry.

Owner-Driver the First to gain Certification for new Fatigue Management Template

An owner-driver in rural Queensland has become the first person to begin using a flexible fatigue management module designed to help livestock transporters.

Work diary Exemption for Truck Drivers extended to Victoria

Truck drivers in Victoria will soon be exempted from filling out a work diary when transporting livestock over short distances, similar to what is in place for drivers in other jurisdictions.

News updates

Linfox Faces Renewed Driver Pursuit on Injury Claim

A former Linfox tanker driver who was physically assaulted while on the job has been given the approval to pursue a compensation claim against the company. The Federal Court of Australia granted Kym O’Loughlin’s appeal against the Administrative Appeals Tribunal’s (AAT) ruling that denied him compensation in 2014.

New Twist in Blenners Transport Legal Fight with TMR

Queensland trucking firm Blenners Transport and its owner are due to face court to answer allegations of breaching fatigue management law. The Department of Transport and Main Roads’ (TMR) case against the company and owner Les Blennerhassett is scheduled to be heard in Dalby, but a date for the hearing has not been set.

Minimum Rates bad for Owner-Drivers: NATROAD

Minimum pay rates for owner-drivers will price them out of the market and jeopardise their survival, according to industry group NatRoad.

Operator licensing more important than rates, ALDODA says

Regulators should spend more time making sure owner-drivers can successfully run a business instead of trying to push through mandatory minimum rates, according to a trucking group.

Truckie swerves to avoid pile up on motorway

A b-double truck narrowly avoided slamming into a sudden traffic jam on a Sydney motorway, missing a ute by inches. A car’s dash-cam video shows the truck travelling in the left lane of the M7 motorway near Glenwood on Friday.

Highway chaos: Truck inferno, grass fire, crash within 50m

A FOUR-VEHICLE crash right next to the scene of a truck inferno caused chaos on the Bruce Hwy near Aussie World at Palmview yesterday.

Weekly CoR implementation tip

Does your organisation have a Risk Management Procedure?

The Risk Management Procedure sets out the processes and requirements of the Risk Management Framework, key responsibilities, and supporting records, policies and procedures.

The Risk Management Framework can also be called a Risk Management System, Risk Management Process or Risk Assessment Framework. Regardless of the name of the document, it will contain a set of steps that the organisation will use to identify, assess, control and monitor risks.

The Risk Management Framework is a standard set of processes and requirements adopted throughout the organisation. The framework can be used in any function or area of an organisation – from driver fatigue to intellectual property to customer service. It consists of the following stages:

  • Establish the context
  • Identify risks
  • Assess risks
  • Treat risks
  • Monitor & review
  • Communicate & consult

Does your Risk Management Procedure include:

  • The purpose and scope of the procedure;
  • The stages of the Risk Management Framework;
  • A detailed explanation of the processes and requirements of each stage of the Risk Management Framework;
  • Key roles and detailed responsibilities involved in the Risk Management Framework;
  • Key records and reporting outputs of the Risk Management Framework;
  • Requirements for regular monitoring, review and audit of the Risk Management Framework.

If you have subscribed to our full access subscription, you have access to the full suite of CoR Framework templates consisting of 59 policies, procedures and tools that are ready to implement into your workplace. If you would like to upgrade your subscription, just call us on 1300 362 226.

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Kind regards,

Steven Asnicar

CoR Australia