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Telehandler Buyer's Guide

Updated: Nov 23, 2021

A telehandler is an important piece of equipment for any work site, keeping in mind that there are safety standards and requirements that must be met before use.

Any telehandler sold in Australia has to meet specific stability requirements not found anywhere else in the world. Manufacturers, rental fleet owners, owners and end users must work together with the relevant statutory bodies to ensure Australia maintains a high safety standard and documented compliance and maintenance history for telehandlers.

Key legislation currently in place includes:

  • Workplace / Occupational Health and Safety Acts and Regulations (WHS/OHS)

  • Plant Regulations Code of Practice

  • AS1418.19 - the Australian Standards covering the design, testing and operational requirements of telehandlers including:

    • Annual Inspections

    • Major Inspections i.e. Ten Year Test (thereafter every 5 years)

    • Maintenance History / Manuals

    • Log Books

    • Operating Instructions

Safety Standards

Due to Australian OH&S laws, machines used on all Australian worksites must comply also to Australian Design Verification standards.

What to ask in relation to Australian Standards:

  • Does the machine meet Australian Standard AS1418.19 (Design and Manufacture)?

  • Does the machine meet Australian Standard AS2550.19 (Safe Use & Maintenance)?

  • Is the particular machine being offered supported by Australian Design Verification?

  • Does the machine include the safety features expected from a quality telehandler

Load Charts

Telehandlers sold in Australia should meet the minimum requirements for load charts. When assessing the load lifting capabilities of a telehandler, a buyer should confirm that specific Australian compliance load charts are present for the specific model of machine being considered.

A machine without the correct load chart is NOT USABLE IN AUSTRALIA.

What to ask in relation to Load Charts:

  • Are the load charts written in English?

  • Does the rating plate reflect 600mm load centre capacities or altered capacities for any attachment fitted?

  • Is the telehandler supplied with an Australian compliant Operator Manual as per the Australian Standards?

  • Are load charts supplied for all the attachments fitted?

Warranty and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Support

Warranty coverage and support is an important factor in any capital equipment purchases.

Warranties are only of value when they are fully supported by a reputable company, and enforceable in the country in which the machine has been sold. Potential buyers should carefully consider warranty terms, coverage and parts availability on offer by non OEM authorised suppliers if the machine has been privately imported into Australia.

A non OEM authorised importer may not be able to offer warranty on a machine that has not been sold through the OEM’s official authorised/appointed Australian agent or dealer network.

Even where the seller may offer their own warranty on such a machine, the buyer should be aware that such warranties may not be backed or recognised by the manufacturer and are therefore subject to the long term viability of the seller (the seller remaining in business for the life of the warranty).

What to ask in relation to Warranty and OEM Support:

  • Is there a local Australian warranty provided?

  • Is the warranty a manufacturer's or dealer's warranty?

  • If the machine has been imported, will the OEM's local representative support the warranty?

  • What is covered by any non-manufacturer's warranty that is being offered?

  • Does the seller offer spare parts that meet OEM specifications?


If you cannot answer 'yes' to all of the above questions, it is likely the machine you are considering is not compliant in Australia.

This information was originally published by the Telescopic Handlers Association Australia. For more information visit

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