Register to share in $5k as this site’s top forkie!

The Forklift Operator of the Year event is back for 2022 as Brisbane Markets Limited (BML), in conjunction with Brismark, Toyota Material Handling, The Drug Detection Agency and SBP Australia, once again conducts the search for this site’s safest and most efficient forklift operator.

Dave Peterson of Toyota, 2021 FOOTY winner, Alfred Finau and BML’s Deputy Chair, Peter Tighe at the 2021 Grand Final.

As in years past, the competition will run over several weeks, where all participants will be scored on their safe work practices. The top ten operators will then compete over a timed, practical course for a share in the $5,000 prize money. Read on for all the details of how this year’s competition will play out.

Round 1 – REGISTRATION: 1 September to 13 September 2022

The event is open to all Tenants and Tenant employees who hold a valid Brisbane Markets Forklift Operator Permit (FOP).

Contestants need to complete the online Registration Form by clicking here or in person at the Site Service Centre.

It is a condition of entry that FOP holders have not received any “refer to management” safety compliance notices from BML.

Round 2 – OBSERVATION PERIOD: 20 September to 18 October 2022

All registered contestants are provided with magnets to be placed on their forklifts.

Market Officers, WHSQ Inspectors and unidentified judges will observe and score the contestants during the observation period. Contestants will lose or gain points depending on how well they comply with the Forklift Operating Rules as detailed in the Brisbane Markets Regulations.


Contestants with the top 10 highest scores from the observation round will be invited to participate in a timed, practical course designed to test their forklift operating skills. Contestants will be assessed by a panel of judges.

If you have any questions relating to the 2022 Brisbane Produce Market Forklift Operator of the Year competition, please contact BML’s Marketing and Events Coordinator, Amanda Donaldson on (07) 3915 4328 or

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