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Jacks (trolley)

Red trolley jack
A trolley jack is a device designed to raise a part of a vehicle via the vehicle's chassis.

Users should refer to the vehicle manufacturer's owner’s manual for lifting points prior to jacking the vehicle.

A trolley jack usually comes with:

  • wheels for manoeuvring the trolley jack
  • a handle for positioning the trolley jack under the vehicle and for pumping the hydraulic cylinders
  • hydraulic cylinders for lifting the vehicle.

Incorrect use of a trolley jack can lead to death or serious injury.  A faulty or overloaded trolley jack can also cause death or serious injury.

Warning: do not get under a vehicle that is supported by a trolley jack – use support stands.

To minimise risks of death or injury, there is a mandatory standard for trolley jacks. Only buy and use trolley jacks that meet the requirements of this mandatory standard.

Mandatory Standards

Mandatory Standards

This mandatory standard came into effect on 2 August 2008. It covers a variety of requirements for trolley jacks, including design, construction, performance and labelling requirements.


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When completing do-it-yourself projects around the home, remember that safety comes first for yourself and for others.
DON'T BE A JACKASS WITH JACKS. People have been crushed to death or severely injured when they have not used jacks, support stands or ramps properly. The ACCC is leading a joint campaign with state and territory fair trading agencies to raise awareness about your safety when doing DIY mechanic work. Follow the safety tips and read the information to stay safe when working under your car.


There are various tips to consider when using vehicle and trolley jacks, support stands and vehicle ramps. Follow these tips to stay safe.


Check out the Don't be a jackass - an anti-manual for using a car jack video as part of the national DIY campaign.

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