Sugar Cane Haulout Project

The sugar cane harvesting takes place between June and November each year. The majority of the sugarcane is harvested green these days by self propelled harvesting machines and some growers will use harvesting contarctors to harvest their crop while others may use their own cane harvester.  Working in the sugar cane harvest does require considerable safety training. The main role for the haulout operator is driving the cane haulage vehicles beside the harvesters and then taking harvested cane to the rail siding to offload into rail bins.  When all bins have been filled, a loco (train) takes it to the sugar cane mill.   During the harvest, there maybe general farm work, some cultivation and work with harvesting contractors.  To view a short video on sugar cane haulout operations click here.

NOTE: To undertake accreditated training, you will need your Unique Identifer Number (USI).  This number will need to noted on the enrolment form and you will have to keep this number in a safe place in case you undertake further training.  If you do not have a USI number, you can create one (this only takes a few minutes) here....

Licence classification (with no restrictions) for operating haulout units:
- if the haulout unit is registered as a truck - the driver will need the appropriate truck licence for the type of truck they are driving
- mobile machinery (specially constructed vehicles) are driven on a C Class licence - does not matter if it is a 4t, 6t, 8t, in-field transporter etc. (as long as the vehicle is not driven on a Learner's licence)
- Red P1 and Red P2 licences are provisional level licences and these meet the requirements to be a haulout operator
- Cranes are the exception - the appropriate licence is needed for this type of vehicle

The project is designed for people who are interested in seasonal employment within the sugar cane industry as a haulout operator, is competency based and conducted with industry based trainers.  The sugar cane harvest cane haulout operators operate high-horsepowered, airconditioned tractors towing hydraulically operated tipping trailers or rollon/rolloff bins with a gross vehicle mass of greater than nine (9) tonnes.  All equipment used in the training is operated in the harvesting of sugar cane and the course will be commencing Tuesday 14th May until Friday 17th May 2019 through CANEGROWERS Mackay Training.  

The four-day course consists of the relevant skill set for haulout operators and the units of competency that each participant will complete are part of the Certificate II in Rural Operations:
- AHCMOM202 Operate tractor
- AHCMOM204 Undertake operational maintenance of machinery
- AHCMOM214 Operate cane haulage vehicel
- AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes (online)

 At the end of the project participants will be trained to industry standard and be competent in:
operations of a cane haulage vehicle
workplace health & safety associated with sugar cane harvest work
effective work practices and workplace communication 
practical (hands-on) experience with tractors
machinery and maintenance of machinery

Participants will receive a Statement of Attainment from the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) on completion of the course.

This project is supproted by: Skilling Queensland for Work funds not-for-profit community-based organisations to deliver projects that respond to the needs of local jobseekers and empoyment opportunities intheir areas.

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PRE-REQUISITES [online] - requirement to be able to navigate the internet 
Prior to the commencement of the sugar cane haulout course, participants need to complete two (2) Harvest Safety Inductions - these online inductions are accessed via the CANEGROWERS Mackay website -  When all paperwork for the course has been completed and the commitment of the participants has been confirmed, participants will be given a username and password for their log-in. The two (2) Harvest Safety Inductions are:
  1. Sugar Cane Siding Induction 
  2. Participate in workplace health and safety
The induction card is valid for three(3) years and will be given to the participants on the first day of the course.
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