WorkSafe Tasmania

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Notify WorkSafe Call 1300 366 322

How to apply?

Am I eligible to get a licence?

You are eligible to obtain a licence if you:

  • are at least 18 years of age
  • have undertaken a recognised course of training with an Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
  • can use English at a level that enables the safe performance of high risk work
  • have the necessary knowledge and ability to safely perform the high risk work
  • have been assessed as competent by an accredited assessor

To apply for a HRW licence, you must complete training against the relevant unit of competency for each class of high risk work you apply for. Training against the unit of competency must be provided by a RTO.

You will then undergo an assessment by an accredited assessor using the national assessment instrument for that class of high risk work. When found competent, you will be issued an Assessment Summary and Interim Licence. There will be two copies issued:

  • a pink copy, which you keep as an interim licence
  • a white copy, which will be attached to your application when lodging at Service Tasmania

An interim licence is only valid for 60 days so you will need to go to Service Tasmania before the 60 day expiry.

How can I apply?

To apply for a high risk work licence you must complete the relevant unit of competency for the class of high risk work you require a licence for.

You must contact a registered training organisation and enrol in the course of training.  Training in the workplace is not allowed until you are formally enrolled with a RTO.  Once you have completed your training you must demonstrate that you are competent and ready to be assessed for your licence.

Only registered training organisations listed on the national VET register and the relevant unit of competency can deliver this training. To find an RTO you will need to visit the skills training website (external link).

You will need to attend in person at a Service Tasmania outlet with the following:

  • a completed application form (GF083)
  • your current Assessment and Interim Summary Assessment provided to you by an accredited assessor
  • evidence of identity documentation
  • the prescribed fee

Your photograph will be taken and your application will be forwarded to Worksafe Tasmania for processing.

If you do not receive your new licence within 60 days, you must call WorkSafe Tasmania on 1300 366 322. If you fail to do so, you may need to return to Service Tasmania to reapply and a new fee will be incurred.

Note: Applications not correctly completed or are not accompanied by the required documentation will not be accepted.

What documents should I provide?

Before starting training and assessment, an accredited assessor/RTO must verify your identity, date of birth, signature and current address. All documents must contain your name in full, not just the initials, and copies will not be accepted.

These documents will also be required when you go to Service Tasmania to lodge your application.

Note: this is only required for new applicants who do not hold a HRW licence.

Accepted forms of identifcation include:

  • one document from Category A plus two documents from Category B or
  • two documents from Category A plus one document from Category B.

Documents category A

(All documents must be original and current)

  • Birth Certifcate (not an extract)
  • Citizenship papers
  • Australian Passport/Visa
  • Overseas Passport/Visa
  • Driver Licence
  • Firearm Licence
  • Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs issued travel documents, including a Visa
  • Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs issued Certifcate of Evidence of Residential Status

Documents category B

(All documents must be original and current)

  • Medicare Card
  • Plastic Bank or Credit Card, with signature Tertiary Student Identity card
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs/Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card
  • Births Deaths and Marriages Change of Name/Marriage Certifcate (to prove name change)
  • Security Guard/Crowd Controller Licence
  • Government issued Personal Photo ID Card

When should I renew my licence?

All HRW licences must be renewed every five years. At the time of renewal, you will need to complete a declaration that you have maintained competency in all the classes of high risk work you wish to renew.

If you fail to renew before the expiry date, you have 12 months in which to apply, but you cannot conduct high risk work during that time. If after the 12 month period you fail to apply, you are deemed a new applicant and must contact a RTO to enrol and undergo assessment.

How to renew my HRW licence?

WorkSafe Tasmania will send out a renewal notice to your last known postal address. You will need to go to a Service Tasmania outlet with:

  • the renewal notice or a completed renewal application (GF084)
  • your current HRW licence for identifcation
  • evidence of identity documentation if you do not have a HRW licence
  • the prescribed fee

Your photograph will be taken.

WorkSafe Tasmania will not renew a licence more than 30 days before its expiry date.

If you do not receive your new licence within 60 days, you must call WorkSafe Tasmania on 1300 366 322. If you fail to do so, you may need to go to Service Tasmania to reapply and a new fee will be incurred.

When should I notify about a change?

You must notify WorkSafe Tasmania in writing within 14 days if:

  • your residential/postal address details change
  • you change your name (evidence will need to be provided)
  • you become incapable of competently performing the high risk work
  • your licence is suspended or cancelled by another state or territory

What if my licence is lost or damaged?

You must notify WorkSafe Tasmania as soon as practicable if your licence is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed.

You can apply for a replacement licence. You will need to go to a Service Tasmania outlet with:

  • a completed application form (GF083), including the licence number if known
  • the reason you are applying for a replacement HRW licence
  • the prescribed fee
Updated: 29th October 2019