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Types of high-risk work

A high-risk licence permits you to do the following (and you may also hear it referred to as):

  • Scaffolding and rigging licence

  • Pressure equipment operation licence

  • Crane licence

  • Hoist licence

  • Forklift licence.

You might also have heard of excavator and ladder licences, however you are not required to have a high-risk work licence to use these types of equipment.

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 (OHS) 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 OHS 2017.

Can my existing certificate be used?

Old Style Certificates issued Pre 1995 and Certificates of Competency are no longer transferable.

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 you wish to obtain a high-risk work licence you will need to apply for a new high-risk work licence.

Fee summary


Application fee per class.


Renewal fee.

5 years

This licence is valid for 5 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.

Apply for or renew your high-risk work licence

  1. Complete training

    If this is a new high-risk work licence application you will need to complete training via a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and pass the assessment. Once you have passed your assessment you must lodge your licence application and notice of assessment within 60 days to get your high-risk work licence. 

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 through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
  • 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.)
  • Provide completed Licence to Perform High Risk Work New or Additional Class Application - L2 and 100 points of identification.
  • Application fee is $66.60.

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 transfer 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 AusPost 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 AusPost 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 $50.35.

Collection of Personal Information

Personal and/or health information collected by WorkSafe in connection with licence applications and renewals will be used for the purpose of assessing this and any associated applications. The information collected may also be used in the administration and enforcement of legislation administered by WorkSafe, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, the administration and evaluation of WorkSafe's programs generally and for law enforcement functions and legal proceedings.

WorkSafe may disclose personal and/or health information for public health and safety purposes. It may disclose that information to other government agencies, including emergency services, law enforcement and security agencies, including Victoria Police.

WorkSafe may also disclose personal and/or health information to its contractors and agents, to a court or tribunal, to other regulatory agencies and to any person authorised to whom it relates, or by law, to obtain it. WorkSafe may disclose a person’s licence status to employers, prospective employers or members of the public who wish to check this status.

Collection of your personal and/or health information may be required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and associated Regulations. If you do not provide any or all of the information your application may not be accepted or processed. You may request access to personal information WorkSafe holds about you by contacting WorkSafe’s Freedom of Information Unit.

AusPost is acting as an agent for WorkSafe and collects your information to identify you in accordance with requirements under Australian Law. Your details will be forwarded to WorkSafe and may also be disclosed to government agencies such as AUSTRAC. Subject to certain exceptions you may request access to your personal information. If access is denied, the law says we must tell you why.