After years of VFF lobbying, the Minister for Workplace Safety Ingrid Stitt has approved developing a High-Risk Work Licence specifically for telehandlers, encompassed in the existing non-slewing mobile crane licence (CN licence).
This provides telehandler operators with the flexibility to choose between obtaining a new telehandler HRWL by completing a new telehandler specific Unit of Competency or maintain the existing CN licence requirement. Telehandler operators would not be required to hold both licences.
“This is a great win for farmers and farm safety” Says VFF Transport and Infrastructure Chair Ryan Milgate.
“Telehandlers have become an increasingly popular method of safely moving hay on Victorian farms and it is critical regulation keeps pace with safe, modern practice.”
With a confirmed approach to telehandler licence reform, WorkSafe will develop a detailed implementation plan including expected timelines and the process required to develop and implement a targeted telehandler HRWL.
The VFF will continue to engage with WorkSafe to ensure the development of targeted and accessible training that meets the needs of telehandler operators across all industries.