Licence to Carry Out High Risk Work - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to carry out high risk work. There are different classes of high risk work. The type of high risk work that may require this licence includes:

  • scaffolding work
  • dogging and rigging work
  • crane and hoist operation
  • reach stackers
  • forklift operation
  • pressure equipment operation.

Please be aware that you may apply for a licence to carry out one or more classes of high risk work.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


You may apply for an exemption from this licensing requirement if you believe you have sufficient cause. An exemption may be granted on the Regulator's own initiative or on the written application of the applicant.

A licence is not required to carry out high risk work in the course of training towards a certification, or high risk work under the supervision of a person who is licensed to carry out the high risk work. Other exceptions apply.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • hold the relevant qualification for the class of high risk work you intend to undertake
  • provide evidence of your identity, a copy of your certification to undertake high risk work and any other information or documentation required by the Agency
  • be able to use English at a level that enables the safe performance of high risk work
  • complete the relevant form
  • pay any required fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


5 years.



Per class of licence.

GeneralDuplicate Certificate$32.50


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Licence to Carry Out High Risk Work - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.



Application and lodgement details will vary depending on your licence class. Please see the Agency website for details.

Additional information

Please be aware that your licence may be subject to conditions. For example, conditions in relation to control measures that must be implements in relation to carrying out work or activities under the licence.

Administering agency

Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
SafeWork NSW

Act(s) name

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Licensing Enquiries
Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
SafeWork NSW

Operating address:
92 - 100 Donnison Street
Gosford, New South Wales 2250
Mailing address:
Lisarow, New South Wales 2250


13 10 50

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