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A Strategic Plan was established in 2009 and updated in 2013. A new Constitution was adopted in September 2013.

Following extensive industry consultation the “One Association” project was conducted over several years from 2011 to 2014 to assist the crane industry consider whether a rationalisation of the six separate state associations to achieve a more efficient, resourced and focused single entity under CICA.

As a result of this process the Crane Industry Association of New South Wales and the Crane Industry Association of Queensland members voted to dissolve their associations and form the CICA New South Wales and CICA Queensland Branches effective from 1st January, 2014.

Further state association member votes in early 2014 resulted in the South Australian Crane Association, the Victorian Crane Association and the Northern Territory Crane Association decisions to form the CICA South Australia, Victoria and Northern Territory Branches from 1st July, 2014.

Brandon Hitch, formerly the CraneSafe General Manager, was appointed the Chief Executive Office in December 2014, as an important strategic move to have an Engineer in the leadership role.

CICA continues to provide the opportunity for members to come together through annual conferences  and provide national representation  on matters of concern to the crane industry of Australia.

CICA’s formation can be attributed to a group of dedicated State crane industry identities who instigated the first National Crane Hire Seminar, which was held in August 1979 on the Gold Coast.

During the organisation of this first conference, the conference committee decided to form a national body to represent crane hirers and The Crane Industry Council of Australia was formed.  At this time marketing and manufacturing companies had moved to form their own association, the Australian Crane Marketer’s Association.

In March 1980, CICA’s first Office Bearers were elected.  They consisted of Bill Shaw (Chairman), Bob Parker (Vice Chairman) and committee John Black, Garry Rundell and Doug Shell.  At this time a Secretariat was also established under the direction of Norman Jones. The Constitution of the Council was adopted in January 1981 and CICA was incorporated as a Public Company Limited by Guarantee on 20th March, 1984.

On the 21st June, 1990 it was unanimously decided to amalgamate with the ACMA, to demonstrate a united crane industry in matters requiring government lobbying.

In February 1999 the Secretariat was relocated to Melbourne and in March 2002 an independent office was established in Glen Waverley (Melbourne) with Jane Walker as Executive Officer until her retirement.

The Constitution was updated in 2006.

Alan Marshall was appointed as CICA’s Chief Executive Officer in September 2008.  In December 2009 the CICA Secretariat moved to its newly purchased office building in Lexia Place, Mulgrave.

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