What is Chain of Responsibility

Chain of Responsibility (COR) laws apply to all companies and personnel involved in transport of goods by heavy vehicle. They set out specific legal obligations for anyone in the supply chain from employers, managers and company directors to drivers, loaders and packers.

The law enforces a number of duties on each person within the chain of responsibility, giving transport regulators the power to impose criminal convictions and significant fines for a wide variety of offences.

Our goal is to help you and your employees understand how CoR works and to clearly explain what you must do to comply with your legal obligations.

CoR Adviser — Your one–stop resource for practical Chain of Responsibility solutions.

The CoR Adviser service is a cost–effective solution designed especially to keep busy managers like yourself 100% up–to–date on developments in Australia’s complex road transport and chain of responsibility laws.

By subscribing, you’ll get a practical, easy–to–read 8–page newsletter each month in both print and digital format, full of specific, user–friendly chain of responsibility solutions that you can apply immediately in your business. Plus, you’ll also get access to a full service, which includes weekly email updates and unlimited access to our exclusive CoR Adviser Helpdesk, where you can email us all your chain of responsibility and road transport queries and get a personal response to your inbox from our legal experts.

Just to recap, here’s some of what you get with your subscription to the CoR Adviser:

  • Monthly Print & Digital Newsletter — The CoR Adviser newsletter will be delivered in the mail once a month. All current and past editions are also accessible online. The newsletter provides practical advice, legislative updates and useful tips to help manage and comply with your legal responsibilities.
  • CoR Adviser Helpdesk — Your subscription also gives you direct email access to our legal experts. If you have a query about legislative changes, compliance or your obligations as part of the chain of responsibility our team of lawyers are ready to provide a considered and professional response.
  • Document Templates — Your subscriber password gives you access to a collection of legal documents that are yours to edit, download and implement in your workplace. These documents are continually approved and updated by our legal CoR team.
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Meet the Team

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Nathan Cecil is a Partner at Holding Redlich with over 14 years experience in the shipping and logistics sector. He was recognised as the Australian Rising Star Shipping Lawyer of the Year in the 2014 Corporate INTL Magazine Global Awards.

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Geoff Farnsworth is a Partner at Holding Redlich and is one of Australia’s leading transport and commodities lawyers with over 25 years’ experience in the field. He works closely with industry associations, bringing a close working knowledge of industry practices to his legal advice.

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About Portner Press

Keeping up–to–date with the law is a necessity for any business, and at Portner Press, our aim is to produce detailed yet easy–to–understand publications that enable every Australian workplace to be legally compliant and well–informed — without having to spend thousands on expensive lawyers or consultants.

Who we are

Established in 2009, Portner Press is a business–to–business publisher with a reputation in the Australian business landscape as a trusted provider of ‘must have’ guides and resources that help make running a business more simple.

The Portner Press team of editors, writers and contributors consists of over 40 legal and financial professionals who are experts in their respective fields — whether it’s labour law, workplace safety, human resources, chain of responsibility or finance.

In the past three years alone, we have served over 12,000 customers across Australia, from industries as diverse as manufacturing and engineering, to educational institutions, local councils, large corporations and SMEs.

What we publish

At Portner Press, we publish a suite of handbooks, newsletters and other business resources, covering topics such as employment law, workplace health & safety, chain of responsibility, finance and human resources.

Our aim is to take highly complex legal information and edit it to produce publications that can be read, understood and actioned by anybody — yet are still comprehensive and precise.

All of our resources explain how to manage compliance issues using practical tools such as step–by–step instructions, checklists and examples.

What we can do for you

Our publications help ensure that any business in Australia — no matter which industry it operates in — is armed with all the knowledge and tools it needs to comply with its legal obligations.

By having one of our practical handbooks or newsletters at your side, you could save thousands on the cost of outsourcing your legal and compliance issues to lawyers and other expensive experts.