High risk work licence

A high risk work licence allows you to lawfully work with certain high risk equipment and plant such as forklifts, cranes, hoists, elevating work platforms, scaffolding, rigging and pressure equipment.


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

All 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.

Apply, add a class, or renew high risk work licences online through myWorkSafe or in-person at participating Australia Post outlets.

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 for a high risk work licence online or at a participating Australia Post outlet.

Apply online

Use your Assessment Number as proof of successfully completing your assessment.

If your online licence application is successful, you can access your licence straight away through myWorkSafe. Your confirmation email will include a link to view, download or print your digital licence from your myWorkSafe account.

  • you won't receive a plastic licence in the mail when you apply online

An employer or worksite can confirm your WorkSafe digital licence is valid on the WorkSafe website.

Apply through Australia Post

You can submit your application for a high risk work licence at participating Australia Post outlets.

To complete your application through Australia Post you will need to:

  • fill out an L2 application form (available at Australia Post)
  • provide 100 points of identification
  • provide your printed Notice of Assessment (download and print from your assessment confirmation email)
  • provide a passport size photo (no older than 6 months)
  • pay the licence application fee

If your licence application is successful, you will receive a plastic licence in the mail.

You can set up/login to your myWorkSafe account and link your plastic licence to your account. This will give you access to a digital version of your licence.

Further information

Fee summary


Application fee per class.


Renewal fee.

5 years

This licence is valid for five years.