The Victorian Government has released an Australian-first Crane Industry Guide, in an effort to make life easier for mobile crane operators in Victoria.

The guide will help operators to access key information and processes easily.

The guide has been designed for current and future mobile crane operators as a single, valuable reference point for industry, and includes information on crane importation, registration, legislation, regulation and road network access.

It has been developed in collaboration with the Crane Industry Council of Australia, VicRoads, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and Freight Victoria.

Victorian Minister for Ports and Freight, Melissa Horne, released the new Crane Industry Guide which is online for the crane operation sector to use.

Ms Horne said the Victorian Government is supporting the heavy vehicle industry and giving mobile crane operators better access to key information and processes they require through the release of this Australian first Crane Industry Guide.

“The guide will provide a huge benefit to current and future mobile crane operators right across the state,” Ms Horne said.

”Mobile cranes are essential for shifting, lifting and placing long and large components such as steel and concrete beams in many projects across the state including bridge construction and level crossing removals.”

The Australian crane industry also plays a key role in the construction and maintenance of wind farms.

The Crane Industry Guide complements information and processes accessed through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to enable the importation and registration of a crane and associated certificates required.

The guide also builds on the Victorian Government’s reforms to make it easier for heavy vehicle operators to move around the state.

In August 2022, eight pre-approved maps – which give mobile crane operators information about where they can travel on the road network – were also published to improve safety and efficiency for the industry.

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