High risk work licences

A high risk work licence is required for certain types of work. This includes, scaffolding, dogging and rigging and operating cranes, hoists, reach stackers, forklifts and pressure equipment.

Must do’s

There are specific laws about doing high risk work safely. Here we summarise those laws and give you some practical tips.

There are also general work health and safety laws that will apply to you in any situation, including when doing high risk work.

Hold a licence

You must hold a licence to do high risk work with:

You must also keep your licence available for inspection.

High risk work licences are valid for five years and recognised nationally: you can work in any state or territory if you have a current HRW licence.

Getting a new licence

You will need to be trained and assessed by a  registered training organisations (RTOs) that is listed on the National Register of Vocational Education and Training (VET). The RTO must also have entered into an agreement with us. You can find a trainer online.

Obligations for direct supervision and evidence of licences

You must see written evidence from the worker that they have the relevant high risk work licence for that work.

You must ensure direct supervision of your workers, unless the nature or circumstances of a particular task make direct supervision impracticable or unnecessary, and the reduced level of supervision will not place the health or safety of the supervised worker or anyone else at risk.

Get a licence

You must hold a licence to do high risk work.  Check out which licence you need.

High risk work licences are valid for five years in all Australian states and territories. You must also keep your licence available for inspection.

Find a trainer

Only registered training organisations (RTOs) that are listed on the National Register of Vocational Education and Training (VET) – and that have entered into an agreement with us – can deliver training and conduct assessments for high risk work licences in NSW.

Find a trainer in your area.

Direct supervision and evidence of licences

You must ensure direct supervision of your workers, unless the nature or circumstances of a particular task make direct supervision impracticable or unnecessary, and the reduced level of supervision will not place the health or safety of the supervised worker or anyone else at risk. You must see written evidence from the worker that they have the relevant high risk work licence for that work.

More information

Renew your licence

We will send your renewal form two months before your licence is due to expire. Complete the form and lodge it at an Australia Post office. If you have not received your renewal notice or need any assistance, contact us on 13 10 50.

Replace your licence

Your licence can be replaced online as long as your details have not changed (using Mastercard or Visa only).

You will need to enter the details exactly as they appear on your high risk work licence card.

Alternatively you can complete an application form.

Please note: if your card contains errors please contact us on 13 10 50 or complete the application form.

The fees for replacing and renewing a licence can be found in our fees schedule.

Change of address or contact details

If you know your licence number you can check and update your address or contact details by completing an update contact details request.

Alternatively, you can complete the licence enquiry form or change of details form.

Change of name

If you have changed your name complete the change of details form and send it to us by:

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Contact Us

Email
contact@safework.nsw.gov.au
Telephone
13 10 50