Nationally Recognised Training

Fatigue Management



Why would I need to do this course?

Due to the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation, anyone in any workplace where Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Laws apply, would need to consider attending this course, not just the drivers of heavy vehicles. State laws have been in place since 2006 in NSW. Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) regarding fatigue management of heavy vehicle drivers were adopted by NSW in Feb 2014. These apply in all states (except WA).

Compliance is not optional, it is mandatory. It applies to any business that operates heavy vehicles.

Fines and prosecutions can apply for breaches of the law. Maximum penalties include:

(a) for a minor risk breach—$4000; or

(b) for a substantial risk breach—$6000; or

(c) for a severe risk breach—$10000; or

(d) for a critical risk breach—$15000.

A minor risk breach could be failing to take a 15 minute rest break in 5 ¼ hours.

A critical risk breach could be working 13 ½ hours in a 24 hour period.


What is the difference between this course and registering with the RMS for the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS)?

There are 3 options under legislation for managing fatigue in relation to heavy vehicles:

  • Option 1 – Basic Fatigue Management (requires NHVAS registration)
  • Option 2- Advanced Fatigue Management (requires NHVAS registration)
  • Option 3 – Standard hours work/rest. This is the maximum amount of work and minimum amount of rest that can be performed without additional safety countermeasures (namely, option 1 or 2). 

Options 1 and 2 require complex accreditation and registration with regulators and is more suited to professional transport companies, where driving heavy vehicles is their core business.  Fatigue Management Awareness Training deals with the requirements of Option 3.


Who has to fill out paperwork?

Drivers of:

Any heavy vehicle over 12t GVM/GCM within 100km radius of base

Any heavy vehicle over 12t GVM/GCM over 100km radius from base

Heavy Vehicle Pre-Start Inspection

Heavy Vehicle Pre-Start Inspection

Heavy Vehicle Daily Work Sheet

(including work/rest times)

Heavy Vehicle Daily Work Sheet

(including work/rest times)


National Heavy Vehicle Work Diary


Who should do this course?

Even if you have no direct role in driving or operating a heavy vehicle, you could be held legally liable for breaches of road transport laws.

In addition, corporate entities, directors, partners and managers are accountable for the actions of people under their control. This is the ‘Chain of Responsibility’ (CoR).

Each person in the Chain of Responsibility must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the driver of a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle does not drive on a road while impaired by fatigue or breach road transport laws relating to fatigue.

In addition to this, each person in the Chain of Responsibility must take all reasonable steps to ensure a heavy vehicle driver can perform his or her duties without breaching road transport laws.


Who are the parties in the CoR?

Any person with an influence and/or control in the transport chain is a ‘party’; includes, but is not limited to:

  • employers and company directors
  • drivers
  • the scheduler of heavy vehicle drivers
  • loaders/unloaders of goods
  • loading managers (the person who supervises loading/unloading, or manages the premises where this occurs).
  • record keepers
  • supervisors


How long is the course?

This is a 1 day course (approximately 6 hours)


How much is the course?

$2,500 per course gst-free for groups of up to 20 people per course – delivered at your site* or ours


Where can I do the training?

Cobra Training & Licensing Services has a fully equipped training venue in Wetherill Park, or we can also deliver this training at your site.

We do not charge a call out fee for locations with Sydney Metro area.

We are flexible to deliver a course at any time, inside or outside* normal business hours, however *extra charges may apply.


What is included in the course?

This course is presented face to face and includes theory or classroom stuff. During training we will:

  • Show you how the National Heavy Vehicle NHV laws apply in your workplace
  • Provide information on ways to manage your fatigue
  • Clear up misconceptions around exemptions and record keeping responsibilities, and the vehicles they apply to
  • Highlight the ‘chain of responsibility’ and penalties that can apply
  • Demonstrate how to fill out fatigue related heavy vehicle time sheets and pre-start inspections
  • Refer to your Company policies and contingency plans
  • Define an emergency, and who is considered an “emergency service”
  • Conduct assessments against the Unit of Competency criteria, and issue a Statement of Attainment to successful candidates.


What do I get when I finish the course?

When you have successfully finished the course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment certification for TLIF2010A Apply Fatigue Management Strategies and we also issue you a wallet sized card for portable proof of training.


What happens if I do not pass the course?

You must be able to speak and understand English to be able to complete this course. In the rare event you do not pass the first time, you are more than welcome to join our next available scheduled course in Wetherill Park to try again at no further charge.


Any other questions?

Feel free to check out our BLOG page which contains lots of useful info or simply call us on 1300 26 27 21 or email if you have any other questions.

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