High Risk Work licensing and the Work Health and Safety Regulations

Under the model WHS Regulations high risk work activities require a HRW licence. Some of these activities include the erection of scaffolding, the operation of certain types of cranes, forklifts, reach stackers and boom-type elevating work platforms, and performing dogging and rigging work. While Safe Work Australia developed the model Work Health and Safety Regulations, work health and safety regulators look after the issuing and renewal of their own state and territory HRW licences. “Many workers call us each week,” said Yvonne Noordhuis, Director of Plant and Licensing Policy at Safe Work Australia. “Work health and safety regulators are responsible for high risk licensing arrangements in their state or territory so we recommend you contact your local regulator directly to get your HRW licencing matter sorted.” While your HRW licence allows you to perform the high risk work anywhere in Australia, licensing arrangements and some requirements to perform high risk work may vary in each state and territory. “It’s good to think of your high risk work licence like a driver’s licence,” said Ms Noordhuis. “If you move interstate permanently, you should contact the regulator and they will arrange for your licence to be transferred over to your new state or territory. Should you work across state borders, you should be aware of any local HRW licensing requirements that apply. You can obtain this information from the local work health and safety regulator. It is critical that workers and their employers are aware of these requirements,” said Ms Noordhuis. “Knowing the requirements, particularly in high-risk environments, is vital to ensuring worker health and safety, and maintaining a viable business.” To find out more about high risk work training requirements see Schedule 4 of the model WHS Regulations. Visit the training.gov.au website for details of the relevant units of competency and registered training organisations who are nationally accredited to deliver this training nationally.

Safe Work Australia, June 2016 ;http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au ;