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Free Dingo Digger VOC (Verification of Competency)

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Dingo Digger VOC

Purpose of Document

Dingo Digger VOCs are used to verify a worker’s competence in Dingo Digger use. The primary goal is to protect workers from injury or illness through effective training and competency procedures. This form is broadly aligned with AS45001:2018.

How to Use

This Dingo Digger VOC should be completed by a competent person in consultation with the trainee who will use the plant. This document is a template only and should be customised for your business.

When to Use

Dingo Digger VOCs should be completed prior to the worker operating plant or equipment within your business.

Who Should Use

Dingo Digger VOCs must be completed by someone who is familiar with operation of the piece of plant or equipment. This person should also be competent in training and assessment methods.

Legal Considerations

There is no specific legal requirement to complete a documented Verification of Competency (VOC). However, it is best practice, especially for larger companies. It can help meet general legal duties, including:

  • s(19)(3)c WHS Act – Duty to Provide Safe Systems of Work
  • s(19)(3)d WHS Act – Duty to Ensure Safe Use of Plant
  • s(19)(3)f WHS Act – Duty to Provide Adequate Information, Training, Instruction and Supervision
  • s(203) WHS Regulations – Management of Risks to Health and Safety (PCBUs with management or control of plant)

The Code of Practice “Managing risks of plant in the workplace” states that employers (PCBUs) must ensure workers are trained and have the appropriate skills to carry out a particular task safely.


What is a dingo digger?

A Dingo digger is a compact, versatile piece of equipment commonly used in construction and landscaping. It features a small hydraulic excavator arm and bucket attachment, mounted on a wheeled or tracked chassis, allowing for precise digging, trenching, and material handling in tight spaces.

What is a dingo digger used for?

A Dingo digger, also known as a mini loader or compact utility loader, is a versatile piece of equipment primarily used for landscaping, construction, and general earthmoving tasks. It can dig, trench, lift, carry, and load materials in various applications, particularly in tight or confined spaces where larger machinery cannot access.

What hazards are involved in dingo digger use?

Many hazards exist in dingo digger operation, for example:

  • Rollover/Tipping Over
  • Struck-By Accidents
  • Pinching/Crushing Injuries
  • Falls
  • Collisions
  • Exposure to Hazardous Materials

To mitigate these hazards, proper training, adherence to safety protocols, regular equipment maintenance, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and thorough site inspections are essential.

Do you need a license to operate a dingo digger?

Legally, you only require a license to operate “high-risk plant” (usually). For other types of plant or equipment, the level of training provided should be suitable considering “the nature of the work, the nature of the risks and the control measures required” – WHS regulations s(39). That is, for plant that poses no or minimal risks, there may be very little training required. As the risks of the plant increases, the requirement for training also increases.

To demonstrate competence in dingo digger operation, workers can complete the RTO unit

Did You Know?

Developed in the 1990s, the Dingo Digger is a versatile tool used in a wide range of applications, particularly in landscaping and construction projects. This highly maneuverable machine features a small frame, allowing easy access to tight spaces.

With its various attachments like buckets, augers, and trenchers, the Dingo Digger is capable of excavating, digging, trenching, and lifting tasks efficiently. Its versatility, agility, and widespread use in Australia make it an invaluable asset for both professional contractors and DIY enthusiasts alike.

Article Sources and Further Reading

Model Code of Practice: Managing risks of plant in the workplace (Safe Work Australia) <>

Plant (Safe Work Australia) <>

What is a PCBU? (Spire Safety) <>

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