The NHVR has announced a once-off funding program to help support the development and delivery of Chain of Responsibility or CoR training and education projects is now available.

The heavy vehicle regulator  says that $1.7 million being invested to help boost safety across the supply chain and that the funding will support businesses who use heavy vehicle transport to deliver tailored training programs focused on the CoR.

Grants will be awarded to projects aimed at educating participants on how to improve the safety of heavy vehicle transport activities with priority given to projects that focus on ‘off-road’ parties in the CoR, particularly for industries where there is a lack of existing training resources and says that additionally, preference will be given to proposals that also guide executives to use due diligence to ensure that a business discharges its primary duty.

Successful applicants will be able to access up to $300,000 of funding, with the funding to be administered by the NHVR, and submissions opened today (Tuesday 11th April) and close at 5pm AEST on Friday 5 May 2023.

The NHVR says that the CoR provision in the Heavy Vehicle National Law ensures all parties that work with heavy vehicles, from the business that employs a driver to the place where goods are delivered, are accountable for safety.

An executive of a business that is a party in the CoR and must use due diligence to ensure that the business complies with that provision.

Federal assistant minister for Infrastructure and Transpor,t Carol Brown said the funding is an exceptional opportunity for businesses to improve their safety practices.

“The Australian Government is committed to creating a safer heavy vehicle industry, and key to this an understanding from all relevant parties in the supply chain on how they influence safety,” said Carol Brown.

“This grant scheme will see successful organisations access funding to provide greater training and education in primary duty responsibilities across the sector ultimately delivering safer transport and roads,” she added.

“Applicants will be assessed against a range of measures to ensure productive outcomes and we are focused on businesses’ capability to deliver quality training, the reach of their audience, their capacity to deliver each project, principles about the primary duty or executive due diligence duty and how each project will address a gap in existing training.

“We welcome applications that meet this criteria and will help improve compliance across the supply chain,” Brown concluded.

 Chief executive officer at the NHVR, Sal Petroccitto said that projects under the CoR grant scheme will need to focus on ensuring the delivery of training to manage risks and hazards in transport activities as required under primary duty obligations.

“All parties in the chain have a responsibility to identify, assess and manage or eliminate risks within their transport activities. We want this funding round to deliver state of the art education across the sector,” said Petroccitto.

“We look forward to seeing tangible, targeted training and education campaigns delivered through this grant,” he concluded.

For more information  including eligibility requirements, the submission guidelines and application form visit www.nhvr.gov.au/funding-cor.