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Licence To Perform High Risk Work

Important changes to high risk work assessor authorisations

WorkSafe is changing the way in which we grant authorisations to perform assessments for licences to perform high risk work. These changes will impact RTOs who are currently authorised to perform these assessments and suitably qualified individuals who conduct assessments on behalf of those RTOs.

What's changing

As of 1 July 2017, WorkSafe will continue to authorise RTOs, but will also grant authorisations to suitably qualified individuals to conduct assessments on behalf of authorised RTOs. Authorisations will be subject to Conditions of Authorisation and there will be changes to the current Conditions of Authorisation for RTOs.

What's next

WorkSafe has sought input into the changes from affected stakeholders who have had the opportunity to make submissions to WorkSafe. The consultation period ended on 30 April 2017. WorkSafe is now in the process of finalising the new system. Affected stakeholders will be provided with details of the finalised system in early June 2017. WorkSafe will hold information sessions throughout June 2017 to explain the finalised changes.

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About the licence

A licence to perform high risk work is required if you work with certain high risk equipment or plant. High risk work licences are issued by WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe) under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017.

There are 29 classes of high risk work that you can apply to be licensed to perform. The high risk work licence classes and the scope of work that can be performed under each licence class are set out in Schedule 3 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017. View a list of high risk work licence classes.

A high risk work licence is valid for up to five years. The date on which a licence expires is shown on the licence card.

The licence is valid in every Australian state and territory, enabling you to operate high risk equipment under consistent standards everywhere in Australia.

The requirements and fees for applying for a new high risk work licence class or adding a new class to your licence; renewing your high risk work licence; or applying to transfer an interstate high risk work licence to a Victorian licence are outlined below.

Certificates of competency or old style certificates that were issued under previous Victorian legislation have now expired and cannot be used to perform high risk work. Those certificates can no longer be transferred to a high risk work licence. If wish to obtain a high risk work licence you will need to apply for a new high risk work licence.

Fee

Fees for high risk work licence applications are based on fee units and subject to change each financial year beginning on 1 July. The fee amounts for the 2016/17 financial year are shown below. Further detail is provided at WorkSafe licence types and fees.

Apply for a new or additional licence class

For new applicants or those wishing to apply for an additional class to your licence, you must:

  • Arrange an assessment with an authorised licensed assessor.
  • Authorised assessors are available through registered training organisations.
  • Take photo identification (original and photocopy) to verify your identity at the assessment.
  • If the assessor deems you competent, you will be given two copies of the notice of assessment (satisfactory). The green original to be submitted with your application and the pink assessment summary to be kept by you as proof of competency until you receive your licence. (If you are not deemed competent, you should take your pink assessment summary to your re-assessment.)
  • Licence to Perform High Risk Work Interstate Transfer Application - L4 and 100 points of identification.

Getting the application form

You can get the application form at participating Australia Post outlets and from the WorkSafe Advisory Service by calling 1800 136 089, or 9641 1444, or email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au

How to complete the form

  • Use black ink.
  • Print one character per box using BLOCK LETTERS.
  • Leave a space between words when filling out the application form.
  • Where required, mark boxes with an X.
  • Dates should be in DD MM YYYY format
  • Do not sign the form. You need to sign your application form in front of an Australian Post officer at the time of lodgment.
  • Do not attach your photo to your renewal notice. Your photo will be attached to your renewal notice by an Australia Post officer at time of lodgment.

How to lodge the form

You must lodge your completed application form in person at a participating Australia Post outlet. You will need to take:

  • a completed and unsigned Licence to Perform High Risk Work New or Additional Class Application – L2 form the original green copy of the notice of assessment (satisfactory)
  • a recent (no more than six months old) passport sized photograph of yourself, your original proof of identity documents to a value of 100 points (check here for Proof of identity requirements)
  • if applicable, your existing high risk work licence (this will be returned after being checked by an Australia Post officer)
  • the required application fee – $62.70 for each class of high risk work for which a licence is sought.

Your signature must be witnessed by an Australia Post Officer when you lodge your application. An Australia Post officer will check your application form and verify all supporting information. Please retain your receipt from Australia Post, as well as the pink copy of your notice of assessment (satisfactory).

Australia Post will forward your application to WorkSafe. It will take up to four weeks before you receive your licence. More complex applications may take longer.

Renewal of High Risk Work Licenses

If you hold a current Victorian high risk work licence, you will receive a renewal notice from WorkSafe 90 days before the expiry date shown on your licence card.

It is important that your name, address and contact details held by WorkSafe are up to date. If you have changed any of your details and/or you have not received your renewal notice, please contact WorkSafe Advisory to update your personal information and obtain a renewal pack.

To renew your licence to perform high risk work, you must attend an Australia Post outlet in person. The following documents will be required to lodge your renewal:

Your signature must be witnessed by an Australia Post Officer when you lodge your renewal notice. Do not attach your photo to your renewal notice. Your photo will be attached to your renewal notice by an Australia Post officer at time of lodgment. An Australia Post officer will check your completed renewal notice and verify all supporting information.

Apply for an interstate licence transfer

Persons who hold a valid high risk work licence that was issued in another Australian jurisdiction may apply for licence renewal in Victoria. That is, they may apply to transfer their interstate high risk work licence to a Victorian high risk work licence. An application to transfer an interstate licence can only be made by a person who either resides in Victoria; or does not reside in Victoria but satisfies WorkSafe that he/she has reasonable grounds for applying for a licence renewal in Victoria.

For applicants who hold an interstate issued high risk work licence you can transfer your licence to a Victorian issued high risk work licence by applying at Australia Post in person. The following documents will be required:

  • your completed and unsigned Licence to Perform High Risk Work Interstate Transfer Application - L4 form (the form will be available at the Australia Post outlet)
  • your current interstate issued high risk work licence
  • your original proof of identity documents to a value of 100 points (check here for Proof of identity requirements)
  • a recent (no more than six months old) passport sized photograph of yourself
  • transfer application fee of $47.40.

For further information contact the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089, or (03) 9641 1444, or email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au

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