High Risk Work (HRW) Licence - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate or perform tasks considered to be high risk. High risk tasks include using any of the following:

  • Scaffolding (basic, intermediate and advanced);
  • Rigging work (dogging, basic, intermediate and advanced rigging);
  • Crane and hoist operation (tower, self-erecting tower, derrick, portal boom, bridge and gantry, vehicle loading, non slewing mobile, slewing, materials hoist, personnel and materials hoist, boom-type elevating work platform, vehicle mounted concrete placing boom);
  • Forklift operation (forklift trucks, order-picking forklift trucks); and
  • Pressure equipment operation (basic, intermediate and advanced boiler operation, turbine operation, reciprocating steam engine operation).

A High Risk Work (HRW) licence will only be valid for the class of high risk work endorsed on the HRW licence. New classes can be added to the HRW licence, allowing you to work in multiple areas on a single licence.

If you currently hold a Western Australian Certificate of Competency (OHS Certification Australia Card), or equivalent interstate issued certificate of competency, containing one or more classes, you may be able to convert these certificates to a HRW Licence.

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.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Be 18 years of age;
  • Undertake training and an assessment of competency;
  • Submit the required forms; and
  • Pay the required fees.

Please note a licence can only be issued after assessment by an accredited assessor.

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


Five years.



Per class of high risk work.


Per class of high risk work.

GeneralDuplicate Certificate$59.00



You must provide proof of your identity. Your training provider will have more information on how to obtain a licence.

Approval time

Within two months of successful assessment.

Administering agency

Department of Commerce
WorkSafe Western Australia

Act(s) name

Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Enquiries Officer, Business Service Centre
Department of Commerce
WorkSafe Western Australia

Operating address:
Level 1, Mason Bird Building
303 Sevenoaks Street
Western Australia 6107
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 14
Cloisters Square PO
Western Australia 6850


08 6251 2200


1300 307 877


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