Design registration - registrable plant design - Queensland


You are required to register the design of plant listed in Schedule 5 Part 1 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, as follows:

Note 1: A manufacturer, importer or supplier must not supply plant listed in Schedule 5 Part 1 unless the design is registered.

Note 2: A person with management or control of plant at a workplace must not use, or direct or allow a worker to use plant listed in Schedule 5 Part 1, unless the plant design is registered.)

Boom-type elevating work platform

Means a telescoping device, hinged device, or articulated device, or any combination of these, used to support a platform on which personnel, equipment and materials may be elevated.

Bridge crane with a safe working load of at least 10t

Means a crane comprising a bridge beam, mounted at each end to an end carriage, capable of travelling along elevated runways and having 1 or more hoisting mechanisms arranged to traverse across the bridge beam.

Bridge crane or gantry crane designed to handle molten metal or dangerous goods

See separate definitions for bridge crane and gantry crane.

Building maintenance unit

Means a power operated suspended platform, and associated equipment on a building, designed to provide permanent access to the faces of the building for maintenance.

Concrete placement units with delivery booms

Means plant that:

  • is used to place concrete by pumping the concrete through a pipeline attached to, or forming part of, the boom; and
  • relies on gravity for stability, without the need for a vertical restraining connection with the supporting surface or a horizontal restraining connection (other than frictional forces at supporting surface level) to aid stability.


See lift definition below.

Gantry crane with a safe working load of more than 5t

Means a crane comprising a bridge beam that is supported at 1 or both ends by legs mounted to end carriages, capable of travelling along runways and having 1 or more hoisting mechanisms.

Hoists with a platform movement exceeding 2.4m, designed to lift people

Means an appliance intended for raising or lowering a load or people, and includes:

  • an elevating work platform
  • a mast climbing work platform
  • personnel and materials hoist
  • scaffolding hoist and serial hoist.

It does not include a lift or building maintenance equipment.


Means plant that is, or is intended to be, permanently installed in or attached to a structure, in which people, goods or materials may be raised or lowered within a car or cage, or on a platform and the movement of which is restricted by a guide or guides, and includes:

  • a chairlift, escalator, moving walkway and stairway lift; and
  • any supporting structure, machinery, equipment, gear, lift well, enclosures and entrances.

Mast climbing work platform

Means a hoist with a working platform used for temporary purposes to lift personnel or materials using a drive system mounted on an extendable mast that may be tied to a building.

Mobile crane with a safe working load of more than 10t

Means a crane capable of travelling over a supporting surface without the need for fixed runways and relying only on gravity for stability.

Prefabricated scaffolding

Means an integrated system of scaffolding components manufactured in a way that the assembled shape of the scaffolding is predetermined.

Pressure equipment with hazard level A, B, C or D

As worked out under the criteria stated in AS 4343 as in force on 1 July 2000, other than pressure piping.

Pressure equipment

Means boilers, pressure vessels and pressure piping.

Pressure piping

Means an assembly of pipes, pipe fittings, valves and pipe accessories subject to internal or external pressure and used to contain or convey fluid or to transmit fluid pressure and includes:

  • distribution headers
  • bolting, gaskets
  • pipe supports
  • pressure retaining accessories.

It does not include:

  • a boiler, or pressure vessel
  • any piping that is regulated under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation 2004.

Pressure vessel

Means a vessel subject to internal or external pressure and includes

  • interconnected parts and components, valves, gauges and other fittings up to the first point of connecting piping
  • fired heaters
  • gas cylinders.

It does not include a boiler or pressure piping.


Means a vessel or arrangement of vessels and interconnecting parts in which:

  • steam or other vapour is generated; or
  • water or other liquid is heated at a pressure above that of the atmosphere; by the application of fire, the products of combustion, electrical power, or similar high temperature means.

It includes superheaters, reheaters, economisers, boiler piping, supports, mountings, valves, gauges, fittings, controls, the boiler setting and directly associated equipment.

It does not include a fully flooded or pressurised system where water or other liquid is heated to a temperature lower than the normal atmospheric boiling temperature of the liquid.

Gas cylinders

Means a rigid pressure vessel that:

  • has a water capacity or more than 0.1 L but not more than 3000L
  • has no openings, or integral attachments, on the shell of the vessel other than at the ends of the vessel
  • is for the storage and transport of gas under pressure.

Amusement devices covered by section 2.1 of AS 3533.1 (Amusement Rides and Devices) other than Class 1 devices

Means plant operated for hire or reward that provides entertainment, sightseeing or amusement through movement of the equipment, or part of the equipment, or when passengers travel on, around or along the equipment, but does not include:

  • a miniature train and railway system owned and operated by a model railway society, club or association
  • a ride or device that is used as a form of transport and that is, in relation to its use for that purpose, regulated under another Act or an Act of the Commonwealth
  • a boat or flotation device that
    1. is solely propelled by a person who is in or on the boat or device
    2. is not attached to any mechanical elements or equipment outside the boat or device,
    3. does not rely on any artificial flow of water to move
  • any plant specifically designed for a sporting, professional stunt, theatrical or acrobatic purpose or activity
  • a coin-operated or token-operated device that
    1. is intended to be ridden, at the one time, by not more than 4 children who must be below the age of 10 years
    2. is usually located in a shopping centre or similar public location
    3. does not necessarily have an operator.

Tower crane

Means a boom crane or a jib crane mounted on a tower structure.

Vehicle hoist

Means a device to hoist vehicles designed to provide access for under-chassis examination or service.

Work box

Means a personnel carrying device, designed to be suspended from a crane to provide a working area for a person elevated by and working from the device.

The Plant Code of Practice 2005 is also relevant.

Relevant Sections of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 are sections 231 to 233, 243 to 245, 248 to 263 and Schedule 5 Part 1.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

The applicant must provide the following:

  • application form with all sections completed
  • general arrangement drawing
  • payment of application fee.

Please refer to information provided on the website.


This registration remains in effect indefinitely, provided the design is not changed.


View the list of scheduled fees. GST does not apply to fees.


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Application process

Submit a completed application (Form 14) and supporting documentation to the Engineering Unit, WHSQ. It is preferred that applications be lodged by email to

The application form contains:
- applicant's checklist
- lodgement details for email, post or fax
- payment options
- details on what happens after the application is submitted.

Applications will not be processed until payment is received, and applications and all accompanying documentation must be in the English language and accompanied by the prescribed fee.

Further information is available from WHSQ.

Transfer process

The ownership of the plant design registration will always remain with the original applicant and cannot be transferred.

Additional information

If the design is modified or upgraded, it is then required to comply with current standards. A new submission for registration (and application fee) would then be required.

Definition of modification or alteration:
a reference to the alteration of a design is a reference to any alteration that may affect health or safety.

The Work Health and Safety Regulation recognises design registrations issued by other health and safety regulators. You are not required to re-register a plant design in Queensland if you have a design registration number issued for the design of the item of plant. If you are supplying the plant you will need to provide the design registration number with each item supplied and keep the registration document available for inspection (this is part of your obligation under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the Act)).

Corresponding WHS law is defined in the Act as:
- a law of another state corresponding, or substantially corresponding, to this Act
- a law of another state that is declared under a regulation to be a corresponding law, whether or not the law corresponds, or substantially corresponds, to this Act.

The following procedures for plant design registrations will apply in Queensland when a registration is held in another state:
- the plant design registration under a corresponding WHS law will be acceptable in Queensland
- the registration holder must keep the registration document available for inspection
- the plant design registration number must be given to the manufacturer, supplier, importer and user
- the plant design registration number must be kept in the vicinity of the plant.



Administering agency

Office of Industrial Relations

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Contact details

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Engineering Unit

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Office of Industrial Relations

Mailing address: PO Box 820
Lutwyche, Queensland 4030
Phone: 1300 369 915
Fax: 07 3874 7560
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