Chain Of Responsibility: Understanding Your Requirements & Liabilities

February 16, 2021

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Australia’s Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws impose a primary safety duty on businesses in the steel supply chain in respect to all heavy vehicle road transport activities. They also apply to the procurement of overseas steel products shipped in containers, which must meet CoR requirements upon arrival, before being loaded onto trucks for distribution. These laws apply to businesses in the steel supply chain even if they do not own or operate heavy vehicles. The cost of non-compliance can be high.

Maximum penalties for CoR breaches hit $3 million for corporations and $300,000 and up to 5 years jail for Executives, so it pays to get this right.

The ASA has produced a CoR Guide for 2021 to help ensure all members understand their current responsibilities.

Join us on 16th February for our first webinar of the year and the launch of the guide! Nathan Cecil from Holding Redlich will be walking members through the guide and providing detailed insights on how to use it.



This session will focus on how the CoR laws apply to the steel supply chain, with a particular focus on:

  • Requirements under CoR laws
  • Your responsibilities as an Executive
  • Maximum penalties and other punishments
  • Case studies: insights from recent court cases
  • Are you required to manage or supervise the compliance of other parties in the CoR?
  • What practices do you need to implement in your business to comply?


Nathan Cecil

Nathan Cecil

Partner, Shipping, Transport & Logistics, Holding Redlich

Nathan is a partner in the national Transport, Shipping & Logistics group and worked with the ASA to create the 2021 Chain of Responsibility Guide. He has particular expertise with heavy vehicle regulation and the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws. He regularly advises businesses and their executives on compliance, conducts compliance audits, assists businesses to develop and implement CoR compliance policies, manage incident response and respond to investigations and prosecution. Nathan has worked with businesses across the sector in relation to CoR compliance, including national steel manufacturers, grain storage and handling companies, plasterboard manufacturers and distributors, logistics companies, shipping companies and importers.

Nathan has been recognised as a leading ‘Admiralty, Shipping & Maritime Law’ lawyer by Doyle’s Guide since 2015 and listed in Best Lawyers in Australia for Transportation, Shipping and Maritime, International Arbitration and Trade since 2016. He is also ranked in the Shipping category of the latest Chambers Asia-Pacific guide and recognised as a national leader in the Australian shipping space by Who’s Who Legal.

Andrew Mansbridge

Andrew Mansbridge

National Transport Manager, Orrcon Steel

Andrew Mansbridge has over 20 years logistics and operations experience in the steel industry, many with BlueScope Steel covering all transport modes and more recently with Orrcon Steel in long products. He is uniquely placed to comment on NHV compliance and load restraint awareness as it specifically relates to flat and long steel products. He currently manages transport contracts for Orrcon Steel, chairs CoR and LR working groups with BlueScope Steel and provides support for the Orrcon Steel’s procurement team. Andrew will look to share his insight from a couple of recent LR incidents. Importantly to highlight the underlying legal implications from a NHV compliance and CoR perspective.