Performing High Risk Work in Australia

In Australia, some forms of work are categorised as “high risk” and requires additional training and license to undertake. For example, scaffolding, rigging, boiler or crane operation is considered high risk work. All workers engaged in high risk work must complete training set according to the National Standards, in addition to various state or local standards if any are applicable. Here are several facts about getting trained and licensed to perform high risk work in the stats you live in:

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Applying for Qualifications

High risk workers must apply for qualifications issued by state agencies under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations Act. Basically speaking, if your work requires operating dangerous equipment or getting into dangerous places, such as heights, you will most likely need to get the qualifications you need. The number of classes could vary depending on the work you want to do. Once you do get the qualifications, it will be valid up to 5 years. You will be issued a qualifications card with a date of expiration printed.

Attending Classes

You will have to attend classes to get the qualifications legally required to perform high risk work. You will need to find an accredited institution that provides lesions to get licensing. For example, if you want a crane licence to work at heights, find an accredited institution that provides classes in the construction area. There are many excellent training programs to choose from. The lessons are the same regardless of which state you want to get the qualification from. Each qualification card is valid in any state or territory in Australia. Therefore, focus on finding a good, affordable institution instead of where to sit for the testing.


There are two types of fees associated with getting your accreditation. First, you will need to pay a fee to the government for the actual qualifying test and the card. In addition, you will have to pay for the classes from the institution of your choosing. Later, if you want to renew your card, you will need to pay another fee. Overall fees are not costly and are well worth as an investment in your career.

Transferring Certificates

The Australian government used to issue competency certificates for performing certain tasks. These certificates are no longer eligible to be transferred for high risk work. Workers need to apply for the new credentials and go through lessons and the testing process to be approves for high risk work.

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Going for the Test

You will have to arrange for the testing with a local assessment provider. Your institutions that offers the lessons may have a list of testing services to obtain the certification. Do make sure the testing centre is authorised by the state to make the assessments as needed. Otherwise, you will have to pay again to get tested.

The approval process for engaging in high risk work in the country is relatively straightforward. The application and approval processes are speedy and you won’t have to spend months or years studying. Make sure you hire the right trainer and assessor that is actually accredited by your state.

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