Grain Harvest Management Scheme

From 1 October 2017 to 30 April 2018, a Grain Harvest Management Scheme (GHMS) will be introduced in Victoria to improve the productivity, safety and efficiency of heavy vehicles during the harvest season.

The GHMS recognises the difficulty of accurately loading trucks on-farm with grain and has been designed to create some flexibility. The scheme allows participants a 5% mass concession above the statutory General Mass Limit for vehicles delivering grain to a participating grain receiver.

The scheme benefits the grain and road transport industries as well as the wider community. It allows for an efficient grain harvest while eliminating overloading on our roads through appropriate administration procedures and compliance activities. 

What are the key features of the Scheme?

Key aspects of the GHMS include:

  • The vehicle must be manufactured on or after 1 January 2002.
  • Grain is delivered to a participating grain receiver.
  • Participation is not restricted to farmers and is open to anyone transporting grain from a farm to a participating grain receiver.

For further information please see our GHMS Operating Guidelines [PDF 234Kb].

How do I know if a Grain Receiver is participating in the scheme?

Below is a list of the current grain receivers who are participating in the Scheme. Be sure to check back regularly as the list will be updated as more grain receivers join the scheme.

  • AWB GrainFlow (Cargill)
  • Broadbent Grain
  • Emerald Grain
  • GrainCorp Operations Ltd
  • Viterra

You can also check out the Grain Harvest Management Scheme maps which include the location of each Participating Grain Receiver's individual depots. The maps can be found here.

Grain receivers wanting to join the scheme can apply by completing the Participating Grain Receiver Undertaking and Signature Form [PDF  83Kb]

Where can I drive?

You’ll be able to drive on most roads however some restrictions will be in place. We’ve developed two maps which show the approved roads. 

Be sure to check these maps regularly as local councils roads are updated frequently.

How do I join the Scheme?

If you’re interested in joining the Grain Harvest Management Scheme and own a vehicle manufactured on or after 1 January 2002, please complete our online GHMS Application Form.

Please note: you’ll be required to enter some personal details along with information about your vehicle.

How do I check if my vehicle is eligible?

You can find out if your vehicle is eligible by checking the GHMS Mass Limit Chart [PDF 135Kb], which gives an example of each vehicle combination eligible to operate under the scheme and the maximum mass they are able to operate at. 

Please note: Road-Trains, combinations that operate under the Higher Mass Limits Scheme and vehicles that comply with Performance-Based Standards are not eligible for this scheme.

Where should I go for more information?

Please refer to the below links for further information.

Grain Harvest Management Scheme Reference Documents:

 

 

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