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Requests for high risk work licence assessor authorisations by interstate registered training organisations

Information about requests for high risk work licence assessor authorisations for interstate Registered Training Organisations.

Date: January 1, 2015
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Information about requests for high risk work licence assessor authorisations for interstate Registered Training Organisations including information about factors considerations by WorkSafe when granting authorsation and conditions of authorisation once authorised.

Requests for high risk work licence assessor authorisations by interstate registered training organisations

Background

WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe) may authorise an individual or organisation to carry out assessments of competency in relation to a class or classes of high risk work (HRW) for a specified period of time.

An organisation may apply to WorkSafe to be authorised as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to carry out HRW competency assessments.  When considering whether to authorise an RTO as a Licence Assessor, WorkSafe takes a number of matters into consideration, including:

  • the ability for WorkSafe to enforce the OHS Regulations
  • the suitability of the RTO's premises
  • the monitoring systems and controls in place that enable the RTO to effectively assess, oversee and report on the performance of individual assessors
  • the system in place that enables the RTO to effectively assess, oversee and report on compliance with the Conditions of Authorisation
  • the monitoring systems and controls in place to proactively identify and remedy non-compliances before certificates of competency are issued to candidates.

Request for a HRW licence assessor authorisation from an interstate RTO

For WorkSafe to grant an authorisation to an organisation whose registered office is located outside of Victoria, WorkSafe needs to be satisfied that the organisation is able to meet the Conditions of Authorisation and that WorkSafe has jurisdiction to exercise its regulatory powers regarding the Authorisation effectively.

Authorisation of an RTO whose registered office is not in Victoria will be considered if:

1. the RTO has a Victorian office that is attended during business hours by an authorised representative of the RTO. The authorised representative should be able to make decisions and give directions regarding the conduct of the RTO's operations

2. the Victorian office is able to meet all of the requirements of the Conditions of Authorisation in Victoria and does not need to rely on any of its interstate operations to do so

3. the assessment records are available for audit at all times and are readily accessible in the Victorian office

4. the RTO has nominated individual assessors accepted by WorkSafe who deliver training and assessment in Victoria

5. the RTO conducts all of its Victorian HRW licence assessments in Victoria

6. the RTO has/has access to, suitable premises and equipment to satisfactorily conduct training and assessment in Victoria

7. the RTO has established effective compliance systems to proactively assess, oversee, monitor, correct and report on the performance of each individual assessor's activities within Victoria

8 the RTO has established effective compliance systems to proactively monitor and ensure ongoing and sustained compliance with the OHS Regulations and Conditions of Authorisation.

Where WorkSafe grants an Authorisation, it will be subject to the RTO always being capable of complying with the Conditions of Authorisation from its Victorian office.

WorkSafe may at any time determine that it will no longer, consider new requests for authorisation as a licence assessor, or accept requests to amend existing authorisations. This may occur if WorkSafe decides that there are adequate numbers of individual assessors and/or licence assessors authorised to conduct assessments of competency in relation to particular HRW classes in Victoria.

Further information

For general enquiries about authorisation requirements please contact the WorkSafe Licensing Branch: Telephone: 1300 852 562 or Email: licensing@worksafe.vic.gov.au

For specific enquiries about this information sheet please send an email to WorkSafe's Authorised Assessor Audit team: hrwassessors@worksafe.vic.gov.au

For more information on occupational health and safety, go to WorkSafe's website: worksafe.vic.gov.au

Contact Details

Call us on: 1800 136 089
Email us at: info@worksafe.vic.gov.au

For more information on occupational health and safety, go to WorkSafe's website: worksafe.vic.gov.au

Note: This guidance material has been prepared using the best information available to WorkSafe, and should be used for general use only. Any information about legislative obligations or responsibilities included in this material is only applicable to the circumstances described in the material. You should always check the legislation referred to in this material and make your own judgment about what action you may need to take to ensure you have complied with the law. Accordingly, WorkSafe cannot be held responsible and extends no warranties as to the suitability of the information for your specific circumstances; or actions taken by third parties as a result of information contained in the guidance material.

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