Registration of Plant Designs - South Australia


You are required to register plant designs if you intend to operate a plant in South Australia.

A plant means:

  • any type of machinery, equipment, appliance, container, implement and tool
  • any component of those things
  • anything fitted or connected to any of those things.

Plant designs which require registration are:

  • pressure equipment, other than pressure piping categorised as hazard level A, B, C, D using AS4343:2005
  • gas cylinders covered by AS 2030:2009
  • tower cranes
  • lifts, escalators and moving walkways
  • building maintenance units
  • hoists that are designed to lift people and have a platform movement in excess of 2.4m,other than scissor elevating work platforms
  • work boxes that are suspended from cranes
  • amusement structures covered by AS 3533, other than Class 1 structures
  • passenger ropeways
  • concrete placement units with delivery booms
  • prefabricated scaffolding
  • boom-type elevating work platforms
  • gantry cranes with a safe working load exceeding 5 tonnes or designed to handle molten metal or Schedule 10 hazardous chemicals
  • bridge cranes with a safe working load exceeding 10 tonnes or designed to handle molten metal or Schedule 10 hazardous chemicals
  • vehicle hoists
  • mast climbing work platforms
  • mobile cranes with a rated capacity exceeding 10 tonnes, other than tow-trucks.

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 registration, you must either be:

  • a person conducting a business or undertaking that designs an item of plant
  • a person with management or control of an item of plant at a workplace.


Life of the design (unless altered)


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $135.00

Additional information

In your application, you must provide:
  • design drawings
  • a declaration from the plant designer stating that they have complied with their obligations under the Act in relation to the design of the plant, published technical standards and engineering principles used in the design
  • a statement by the person who has verified that the design was produced in accordance with the published technical or engineering principles specified in the designer's declaration.

Administering agency

SafeWork SA

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Licensing Unit

SafeWork SA

South Australia
Operating address: Level 4
33 Richmond Road
Keswick, South Australia 5035
Mailing address: GPO BOX 465
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Phone: 1300 365 255
Fax: 08 8204 9200
Website: SafeWork SA (Opens in new window)