Aus PM backtracks on kids driving forklifts to ease shortage

The Australian Prime Minister has poured cold water on a proposal to allow 16-year-olds to drive forklifts to ease staff shortages in key supply chain roles.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Scott Morrison has confirmed, instead, that New Zealand truck licenses will be recognised in Australia.

Morrison said that proposal would be better for safety and would help to fill labour shortages faster.

He added that the Australian government would "proceed no further with the issue of 16-year-old forklift drivers".

"We had a good discussion about today and is not something that we believe, collectively, that is something we should be pursuing at this time."

Earlier, the Guardian reported Morrison was considering asking states to allow people as young as 16 to drive the vehicles at Thursday's National Cabinet meeting.

While training to drive the vehicle can begin earlier, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland currently require people to be 18 to qualify for a licence.

Australia’s currently facing large supply chain issues, with all chicken products in short supply across the country.

Purchase limits on toilet paper and painkillers were brought in for Western Australia last week too.