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ATA to address HVNL changes for businesses

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) will hold two business and safety workshops at Trucking Australia 2018 in April, ahead of changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

The HVNL will impose new duties on business directors and managers in the road transport Chain of Responsibility (CoR). The ATA and the Australian Logistics Council are developing a master code of practice to help all businesses in the chain manage their common risks under the law and improve safety.

The ATA has brought together a team of experts with industry knowledge, with attendees hearing from transport lawyer, Nathan Cecil, TruckSafe Chair, Ferdie Kroon, and master code developer, Peter Elliot, as well as lawyers Michelle Taylor and Katherine Morris.

“This is an excellent opportunity to stay updated with major changes to the master code of practice and what it could mean for your business,” said ATA CEO, Ben Maguire.

Workshop one – ‘How to use the new master safety code’ will explain how operators can use the upcoming master code to make businesses safer and comply with the law.

Workshop two – ‘Protect your board, your family and yourself’ is a highly interactive workshop, and, according to the ATA, a must-attend for every company director, executive and compliance manager. Delegates will review personal duties under not only HVNL, but also WHS law, Corporations Act and other legislation. The workshop also reportedly focuses on how to get new directors started, and helping existing directors move on to other roles.

“Staying up to date with industry accreditation, standards and regulation is vital to the success of any business,” said Maguire. “We would urge all trucking operators in Australia to see this conference as an opportunity to do that.”

Trucking Australia 2018 will be held in Canberra from 18-20 April.

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