High risk work licence classes

Schedule 3 of the model WHS Regulations sets out high risk work licences and classes of high risk work. 

High risk work licences and classes of high risk work 

High risk work licence 

Description of class of high risk work 

Basic scaffolding 

Scaffolding work involving any of the following: 

  • modular or pre-fabricated scaffolds 

  • cantilevered materials hoists with a maximum working load of 500 kilograms 

  • ropes 

  • gin wheels 

  • safety nets and static lines, and 

  • bracket scaffolds (tank and formwork). 

Intermediate scaffolding 

Scaffolding work involving any of the following: 

  • cantilevered crane loading platforms 

  • cantilevered scaffolds 

  • spur scaffolds 

  • barrow ramps and sloping platforms 

  • scaffolding associated with perimeter safety screens and shutters 

  • mast climbing work platforms, and 

  • tube and coupler scaffolds (including tube and coupler covered ways and gantries). 

Advanced scaffolding 

Scaffolding work involving any of the following: 

  • cantilevered hoists 

  • hung scaffolds, including scaffolds hung from tubes, wire ropes or chains 

  • suspended scaffolds. 

Dogging 

Dogging work 

Basic rigging 

Rigging work involving any of the following: 

  • structural steel erection 

  • hoists 

  • pre cast concrete members of a structure 

  • safety nets and static lines 

  • mast climbing work platforms 

  • perimeter safety screens and shutters, and 

  • cantilevered crane loading platforms. 

Intermediate rigging 

Rigging work involving any of the following: 

  • hoists with jibs and self-climbing hoists 

  • cranes, conveyors, dredges and excavators 

  • tilt slabs 

  • demolition of structures or plant, and 

  • dual lifts. 

Advanced rigging 

Rigging work involving any of the following: 

  • gin poles and shear legs 

  • flying foxes and cable ways 

  • guyed derricks and structures, and 

  • suspended scaffolds and fabricated hung scaffolds. 

Tower crane 

Use of a tower crane 

Self-erecting tower crane 

Use of a self-erecting tower crane 

Derrick crane 

Use of a derrick crane 

Portal boom crane 

Use of a portal boom crane 

Bridge and gantry crane 

Use of a bridge crane or gantry crane that is: 

  • controlled from a permanent cabin or control station on the crane 

  • remotely controlled and having more than 3 powered operations, including the application of load estimation and slinging techniques to move a load. 

Vehicle loading crane 

Use of a vehicle loading crane with a capacity of 10 metre tonnes or more, including the application of load estimation and slinging techniques to move a load. 

Non slewing mobile crane 

Use of a non-slewing mobile crane with a capacity exceeding 3 tonnes 

Slewing mobile crane—with a capacity up to 20 tonnes 

Use of a slewing mobile crane with a capacity of 20 tonnes or less 

Slewing mobile crane—with a capacity up to 60 tonnes 

Use of a slewing mobile crane with a capacity of 60 tonnes or less 

Slewing mobile crane—with a capacity up to 100 tonnes 

Use of a slewing mobile crane with a capacity of 100 tonnes or less 

Slewing mobile crane—with a capacity over 100 tonnes 

Use of a slewing mobile crane with a capacity exceeding 100 tonnes 

Materials hoist 

Use of a materials hoist 

Personnel and materials hoist 

Use of a personnel and materials hoist 

Boom type elevating work platform 

Use of a boom-type elevating work platform where the length of the boom is 11 metres or more 

Concrete placing boom 

Use of a concrete placing boom 

Reach stacker 

Operation of a reach stacker of greater than 3 tonnes capacity that incorporates an attachment for lifting, moving and travelling with a shipping container, but does not include a portainer crane 

Forklift truck 

Use of a forklift truck other than an order picking forklift truck 

Order picking forklift truck 

Use of an order picking forklift truck 

Standard boiler operation 

Operation of a boiler with a single fuel source that does not have a pre heater, superheater or economiser attached 

Advanced boiler operation 

Operation of a boiler, including a standard boiler, which may have one or more of the following: 

  • multiple fuel sources 

  • pre-heater 

  • superheater 

  • economiser. 

Steam turbine operation 

Operation of a turbine that has an output of 500 kilowatts or more and: 

  • is multi wheeled 

  • is capable of a speed greater than 3600 revolutions per minute 

  • has attached condensers 

  • has a multi-staged heat exchange extraction process. 

Reciprocating steam engine 

Operation of a reciprocating steam engine where the diameter of any piston exceeds 250 millimetres