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High Risk Work Licence Changes

Submitted on Thursday, 20th July 2017

High risk work licences are required for employees who operate certain high risk equipment or plant and are issued by WorkSafe Victoria under the new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations, 2017 (OHS Regulations).  A high risk work licence is valid for up to 5 years is valid in every Australian State and Territory enabling licenced operators to work with high risk equipment under consistent standards anywhere in Australia.

The new OHS Regulations came into force on the 18th June 2017 and brought about some changes to licencing requirements and a new licence category has been introduced.  The new class of licence is a licence to operate a reach stacker where the capacity is greater than 3 tonnes.  This brings the total number of High Risk Work Licences to 29. A full list of high risk work licence classes can be found here. Note: Licences issued under the 2007 Regulations continue to be valid under the new 2017 Regulations. 

The new Regulations also introduced some changes to the licence classes for pressure equipment operation.  The existing licence classes for basic, intermediate and advanced boiler operation will cease on 17 June, 2018, after which a licence class for standard boiler operation will be introduced.

Where an employee currently holds a basic boiler operation licence they will be taken to hold a standard boiler operation licence for the purpose of the 2017 Regulations.  Where the employee currently holds an intermediate boiler operation licence they too will be taken to hold a standard boiler operation licence for the purpose of the 2017 Regulations.  In addition, they will also be licenced to cover the operation of a boiler with a single fuel source that has a superheater or economiser attached.

Where the employee holds an advanced boiler operation licence they will continue to hold an advanced boiler licence under the OHS Regulations, 2017 and, as of 19 June 2019, they will be required to operate a boiler with a single fuel source that has a superheater or economiser.

For more details of how to apply for a licence, current licence fees and how to renew a licence, see here.

To talk to one of our experts about your licensing requirements contact Phil Lovelock, Senior Health, Safety and Wellbeing Consultant at plovelock@victorianchamber.com.au or telephone 03 8662 5161

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