Chain of Responsibility


As a wine producer, wine grape grower and transporter of grapes and bottled wine, you are required to comply with the Chain of Responsibility requirements under the Heavy Vehicle National Law. This includes ensuring that goods are not overloaded, that they are secured properly and that drivers are not encouraged or pressured to speed or drive while fatigued. 

To ensure a consistent approach to Chain of Responsibility across wine growing regions of Australia and assist businesses to meet their obligations, a new Registered Industry Code of Practice is being developed by the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) in partnership with Australian Grape & Wine Inc (AGW).

The project will be completed in October 2023 through funding received from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the funding was part of $5.5 million being distributed under the 2020-21 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

“Heavy vehicle safety is everyone’s responsibility and through local safety programs, supported by local experts, we can make our roads safer for all road users,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“Twenty-six recipients from across Australia were supported this year to deliver programs targeting heavy vehicle safety. From road safety education, to truckie physical and mental health, to the investigation of braking technologies, tyres and pavement wear, these diverse projects will all make a big difference to safety.

“The NHVR is also looking forward to working with the South Australian Wine Industry Association and Australian Grape & Wine to deliver safety outcomes for all road users in grape growing regions of Australia.”

For more information on the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative visit

For more information on the project, contact Business and Workplace Adviser, Zvonko Levak on 8222 9273 or


South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) & Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) Issues Paper

Media Release 10 August 2020: Code of Practive will drive heavy vehicle safety in the Australian Wine Industry

Media Release15 October 2020: Work begins on national Wine Industry Code of Practice.

Upcoming RCIP Sessions

News 28 October 2020: Chain of Responsibility stakeholder meetings now underway.


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