High risk work licence - Queensland


You will need a high risk work (HRW) licence to engage in any of the following work:

  • operation of cranes and hoists
  • dogging and rigging work
  • driving a forklift truck
  • erecting or dismantling scaffolding
  • operation of boilers or other pressure equipment
  • operation of concrete placing booms
  • operation of an elevated work platform
  • operation of a reach stacker.

A separate licence is required for each class of work.

A work health and safety licence (high risk licence) ensures that people and businesses have the appropriate knowledge, skills, competency and safe systems of work to ensure a high level of safety.

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 undertake:

  • formal training - provided by a registered training organisation (RTO) with approval to deliver the particular course competency
  • informal training - workplace training under the supervision of someone holding the relevant HRW licence, which may include a log book
  • formal assessment - an assessment conducted by an accredited assessor to determine competency to obtain the particular licence.

You must apply for this licence within 60 days of a successful assessment.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $102.60

Fees for 2022-23

General Duplicate Certificate All $40.64

Replacement of high risk work licence document. Fees for 2022-23

Renew Renewal All $93.17

Fees for 2022-23

Application process


  1. Find an RTO offering training for a HRW licence class.
  2. Complete both formal training and informal learning through an RTO.
  3. Contact the RTO and book a theory and practical assessment. Assessors are required to provide WHSQ 3 business days notice prior to conducting any assessment. Successful applicants will receive an assessment summary (AS1) from the accredited assessor and a statement of attainment from the RTO.
  4. Within 60 days of a successful assessment, apply for a high risk work (HRW) licence or add a new licence class to an existing HRW licence by completing an online application form.


This licence cannot be transferred.

Additional information

If you have made an application within the initial 60 days, retain the assessment summary from your application and your AS1 form as evidence that you can lawfully perform work in the relevant class of high risk pending a decision on your application.

Administering agency

Office of Industrial Relations

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.