High risk work licence

A high risk work licence allows you to work with certain high risk equipment and plant.

Apply, add a class, or renew a licence

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Overview

WorkSafe issues high risk work licences under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017.

High risk work licence classes

There are 29 classes of high risk work licences to use the following types of plant and equipment.

You don't need a high risk work licence to operate earthmoving equipment (eg excavator) or a scissor lift.

No.
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Licence
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Code
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1

Basic scaffolding licence

SB

2

Intermediate scaffolding licence

SI

3

Advanced scaffolding licence

SA

4

Dogging licence

DG

5

Basic rigging licence

RB

6

Intermediate rigging licence

RI

7

Advanced rigging licence

RA

8

Standard boiler operation licence

2 BS

9

Advanced boiler operation licence

2 BA

10

Turbine operation licence

TO

11

Reciprocating steam engine operation licence

ES

12

Tower crane operation licence

CT

13

Self-erecting tower crane operation licence

CS

14

Derrick crane operation licence

CD

15

Portal boom crane operation licence

CP

16

Bridge and gantry crane operation licence

CB

17

Vehicle loading crane operation licence

CV

18

Non-slewing mobile crane operation licence

CN

19

Slewing mobile crane operation licence (up to 20 tonnes)

C2

20

Slewing mobile crane operation licence (up to 60 tonnes)

C6

21

Slewing mobile crane operation licence (up to 100 tonnes)

C1

22

Slewing mobile crane operation licence (open/over 100 tonnes)

C0

23

Reach stacker operation licence

1 RS

24

Boom-type elevating work platform operation licence

WP

25

Materials hoist (cantilever platform) operation licence

HM

26

Hoist (personnel and materials) operation licence

HP

27

Concrete-placing boom operation licence

PB

28

Forklift truck operation licence

LF

29

Order-picking forklift truck operation licence

LO

The fastest, simplest way to apply for a high risk work licence is online. You can also add a class, or renew a high risk work licence through your myWorkSafe account.

How to apply

Apply online

The fastest, simplest way to apply for a high risk work licence.

If you don't have a myWorkSafe account you'll automatically create one as part of your application. Use the same email you used for your assessment to create your account.

To apply you need:

  • your assessment number from your assessment email
  • a current Australian passport, Australian birth certificate, Australian citizenship certificate, foreign passport with an Australian visa, or Immicard
  • a current Australian driver licence or Medicare card
  • a credit/debit card or PayPal account to pay the fee

You'll receive an immediate payment receipt when you submit your application.

If your online licence application is approved, you can access your digital licence straight away through myWorkSafe. You'll also receive a plastic card licence in the mail within 20 to 25 business days.

Apply through Australia Post

If you don't have the required documents, or can't complete the online identity check, you'll need to apply at Australia Post.

To complete an application at Australia Post you'll need a copy of your Notice of Assessment. If you didn't receive one from your RTO, you'll need to first set up a myWorkSafe account using the same email address you used for your assessment. You'll then be able to download and print your NoA from the link in your assessment email.

Then visit Australia Post to pick up, complete and lodge an L2 (high risk work licence) application form.

You will need to take with you

  • a printed copy of your Notice of Assessment
  • proof of identity
  • a passport photo from the last six months
  • credit/debit card or cash, to pay the fee

If approved you will receive a plastic card licence in the mail. You can then link your plastic card licence number to your myWorkSafe account to be able to access your digital licence.

Further information

Fee summary


$68.80

Application fee per class.


$52.00

Renewal fee.


$52.00

Interstate transfer fee.


5 years

This licence is valid for five years.

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]