Easy Guides has supported the new National Standard For Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work. It is a significant improvement and will produce both transportability of licenses in the classes it covers and ensure that all new operators are thoroughly trained.
Easy Guides has raised the question of qualifications to operate earthmoving equipment as it seems to have been sidelined. Easy Guides feels that in fact, until we know what each state and territory is going to do, we may in the short term find ourselves with even more anomalies than even the current situation.
The issue of lack of transportability of earthmoving qualifications between states and territories is a concern that has been expressed to Easy Guides many times over recent years. Selling training products throughout Australia that relate to this type of equipment has put Easy Guides in a unique position to obtain this market research.
Easy Guides feels there have been good reasons for not putting earthmoving equipment into Stage 1 of the licensing reform process (National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work). However, as the outcome of Stage 2 may be several years away (July 2009), Easy Guides sees the problem of lack of transportability of earthmoving qualifications continuing for some time to come.
One way to avoid multiple State systems and continued confusion over the next several years could be for a Statement of Attainment issued by a registered training organisation to be mutually recognised by all states and territories.
The Statement of Attainment would need to be from a unit of competency of an endorsed training package, for example, BVVPO3001B Conduct Backhoe / Loader Operations. It may not be an acceptable solution to some who have argued that the standard (Cert III or IV) of the units in the relevant training packages is higher than that required for the basic, safe operation of this equipment.
Earthmoving qualifications may at some time in the future be added to the new national system currently being developed.
However, while waiting for the possible future inclusion of earthmoving equipment in the new National Standard, some form of mutual recognition of earthmoving qualifications needs to be found as waiting several more years seems an unfair impost to leave on operators using equipment in this category who wish to work in more than one State or Territory.