Sugar Cane Haulout Training Course – April and May

The sugar cane harvesting takes place between June and November/December each year. The majority of the sugarcane is harvested green these days by self propelled harvesting machines and some growers will use harvesting contractors 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 vehicle beside the harvester 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.

View a short video on sugar cane haulout operations.

If you do not have a USI number, you can create one (this only takes a few minutes)

NOTE: When undertaking accreditation training, you will need your Unique Student Identifier Number (USI). This number will need to be noted on the enrolment form for whichever course you will be enrolled in and you will have to keep this number in a safe place in case you to undertake further training.


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


Anticipating the interest for this course will be high, a selection process will be conducted in March/April to identify the 20 successful candidates.


Course dates still for 2024:

  • 30 April – 3 May
  • 7 – 10 May

For expressions of interest, please contact 4944 2600 or


The training 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 trainers. The sugar cane harvest cane haulout operators operate high-horsepowered, airconditioned tractors towing hydraulically operated tipping trailers or roll on/roll off bins with a gross vehicle mass of greater than nine (9) tonnes. All equipment used in the training is operated in the harvesting operations of sugar cane. 

This training is proudly funded by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.


CANEGROWERS Mackay advise that the participants who successfully complete the training, do not automatically qualify as a haulout operator but they are trained to industry standard. Further on-site inductions are necessary by the intending employer on-farm and under actual harvesting and transport operations to fulfil their duty of care.

The training will consist of the relevant skill set for haulout operators and the units of competency that each participant will complete are part of the AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations:

  • AHCMOM202 Operate tractor
  • AHCMOM204 Undertake operational maintenance of machinery
  • AHCMOM214 Operate cane haulage vehicle
  • AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes

At the end of the training, 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 Registered Training Organisation (Axiom College) on completion of the project.

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