Cancel or suspend a licence

Steps you can take if you need to cancel or suspend a licence.


Cancelling your licence

If you no longer require your WorkSafe licence, please advise WorkSafe in writing and, if applicable, return your licence. There is no fee to cancel your licence.

Suspending or cancelling a licence

WorkSafe can suspend or cancel a licence if the licence holder has not complied with their duties.

The decision to suspend or cancel a licence is made using any of the following criteria:

  • the licence holder no longer meets the criteria required in the relevant Act, regulations or advice document to hold the licence or registration
  • the licence holder has failed to control a serious risk to health and safety for the hazards covered by the licence

If a licence holder meets any of these criteria, WorkSafe will choose the least severe action to achieve safe operation while the licensing breach is addressed.

Review of decisions

A new provision under the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations allows a person who applied for a licence to request an independent WorkSafe unit to conduct a review of the following types of decisions:

  • refusal
  • suspension
  • cancellation
  • imposing conditions
  • withdrawal of a registration

If you are subject to one of these decisions, you will be informed of your right to review.

Contact WorkSafe's licensing branch

To check the progress of an application or if you need assistance, contact the Licensing Branch at:

Licensing Branch
PO Box 279
Geelong Vic 3220

Phone 1300 852 562
Fax 1800 060 727
Email [email protected]