This part of the 2007 OHS Regulations replaces the 1994 Certification of Plant Users & Operators Regulations, and regulate what work requires the operator to hold a licence for.
A high risk work licence means any of the licences listed in Schedule 3 of the regulations. These are:
|Pressure equipment operation|
Basic boiler operation
|Scaffolding and rigging|
Forklift truck operation
|Crane and hoist operation|
Tower Crane operation
Requirement to hold a licence
The regulations require a person carrying out work that is defined as 'high risk' to hold a licence:
- it is an offence for a person to carry out the work without the appropriate licence.
- it is an offence for an employer to allow an employee to carry out the work without the appropriate licence
- is undertaking training in order to obtain a high risk work licence. The person MUST be under direct supervision - that is, basically 'in sight and sound' of the supervisor - unless the level of competence of the person renders direct supervision unnecessary (reg 3.6.5). In these cases, the person should be assessed for competency and get their licence.
- is awaiting his/her licence to be processed
- is working under the terms of an exemption granted to the employer under regulation 7.2.2
- Interstate licences are recognised in Victoria
- Licence for High-Risk Work application forms can also be collected from Australia Post outlets, downloaded from WorkSafe website or ordered from the Worksafe Advisory Service (03 9641 1444 or 1800 136 089). There are different forms for different licences.
- Licensing fees vary depending on the type and class of licence. To check on the progress of an application call the Licensing Branch on 1300 852 562 or email email@example.com.
- Licences are issued for a period of five years, and are valid in every Australian state and territory.
The Regulations describe in detail the process of assessment of competency and licencing, as well as the qualifications of those persons who assess competency.
- The Consolidated Regulations can be purchased from Information Victoria, 356 Collins Street, Melbourne, Telephone 1300 366 356.
- The full text of the regulations can be viewed and downloaded from the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website - click on Victorian Law Today, then on Statutory Rules, and then on "O" to find the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.
- WorkSafe Victoria Factsheet on the Licensing and Registration regulations and Guide to Licensing and Registration
Last amended June 2015