SafeWork NSW grant to digitise plant operator verification of competency accreditation system


The Civil Contractors Federation NSW, which is the state’s peak representative body for employers in the civil construction and maintenance industry announced the award of a SafeWork NSW grant to digitise the civil construction industry’s plant operator verification of competency accreditation system.

The civil construction and maintenance industry, including major customers as well as small and large contractors, collaborated to develop an industry standard benchmarking plant operator competency. This system has been developed and fine-tuned over a number of years.

The grant will allow competency certificates to be provided to customers in real time.

“The civil construction industry is one of the State’s highest risk sectors and plant operator movements in the civil contracting industry are intrinsically high risk,” said SafeWork NSW Executive Director Peter Dunphy.

“Digitising the system will provide employers and customers far greater confidence about the competency of operators working for them through real-time access to their competency currency on site.”

Civil Contractors Federation NSW CEO, David Castledine commended the government and industry for this collaboration.

“This announcement today reflects a perfect example of how government and industry can work together for the efficiency and safety of all. It’s the regulator’s role to set the rules and enforce them, but it’s also to empower industry to find solutions,” he said.

“This system will provide a single standard and will make it harder for rogues to operate. SafeWork NSW must be congratulated; they are working with us to make our industry safer.”

3 thoughts on “SafeWork NSW grant to digitise plant operator verification of competency accreditation system

  1. “an industry standard benchmarking plant operator competency”

    So how is that any different to the already-existing national competency standard for load-shifting equipment, and the units of competency that apply to each type of mobile plant?

    If CCF is finding it hard to sustain itself in times of increasing competition, then it should be working on delivering more value to its customers, reducing its prices, or both.

    I am sure that those ‘rogue’ operators are legitimate trainer/assessors that possess the appropriate qualifications, skills and experience required by unit of competency and RTO standards. Sledging competitors and attacking their ethics is a coward move by out-of-touch bureaucrats.

    Let’s not label this as a ‘safety improvement’ when it’s really a taxpayer funded crony cash injection to protect CCF from its own shortcomings.

    1. It wasn’t that long ago under the NOHSC7019 Standard, States and Territories regulated “loadshifting plant” Backhoe’s, Skidsteer Loaders, Excavators etc…etc . But when harmonised the legislation commenced this type of plant was not included.
      I understand when the final WHS draft was released for public comment the CCF did not provide any feasible comment against the 7019 elimination.
      I suppose someone has realised they should have?

  2. I agree in part with the author of this thought. Owning an RTO who specialises in the construction industry I can never understand why industry i.e. contractors, sub-contractors and big companies have to spend yet extra money to verify what has already been verified when the plant operators were assessed. Sounds like a con to me to put it bluntly and although being an RTO I am the recipient of this policy, I feel sorry for the industry that has to cope yet more with stress and money because of burocracy and red tape for no gain.

    However I must say I came across a company in Victoria, (unfortunately not the only one though) called The A Team who is doing VOCs on plant and are not even an RTO. This same company is also out there printing competency cards to the NOSCH7019, again without being a RTO. The only thing they have is a card printing machine… How do we stop this?
    My solution for this crisis would be, less red tape and more inspectors on the road to close down those people.

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