High risk work licence

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


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:

  • scaffolding
  • forklifts
  • hoists
  • cranes
  • pressure equipment
  • rigging and dogging equipment
  • elevating work platforms

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

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

  1. Complete training

    If you need a licence or want to apply for an additional class on your existing high risk work licence, first complete training through a registered training organisation (RTO) and pass the assessment.

    You will need to provide the RTO with photo identification when registering for training.

    Once you have passed the training assessment, you will receive an Assessment Number by email or a written Notice of Assessment. Lodge your licence application with your assessment results within 60 calendar days. If you don’t, you will need to complete the assessment again, at your own cost.

  2. Complete an application form

    Submit your application through a myWorkSafe account. If you can't complete the online proof of identity, you will need to apply in person at Australia Post.

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


Application fee per class.


Renewal fee.


Interstate transfer fee.

5 years

This licence is valid for five years.