WorkCover NSW is reminding workers who are qualified to operate high risk plant and equipment to review, and if needed, to renew their licences.
Workers operating a range of machinery including forklifts and cranes, and pressure equipment such as boilers and turbines are required to secure high risk work licences.
High risk work licences are also required for those carrying out scaffolding, rigging and dogging work.
WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division General Manager, John Watson said that the changes were part of a national approach to uniform licensing and mobility across Australia.
“This is the final stage of the NSW transition, which began in 2006,” said Mr Watson.
“The incoming changes are going to be very beneficial to the thousands of people in NSW currently holding a high risk work licence.”
According to Mr Watson, two main changes will be introduced into the current system.
“The three different WorkCover high risk work licences will be combined into one easily recognisable card with a photo, expiry date, and information showing the type of high risk activity the holder is licensed to perform.
“Secondly, this new card will be recognised across all the states and territories.
“This is going to be beneficial across many industries where we see people moving interstate for short or long periods of work.
“It makes sense to have one licence recognised no matter where you work in Australia, rather than the present system where some licenses are only recognised in the state where they were issued.”
Mr Watson explained three ways to know if a licence needs to be replaced.
“If you received your licence before 1996, or if it doesn’t have an expiry date or photo ID, the licence will need to be replaced,” he said.
“Since 2006, WorkCover has been contacting licences holders via letter and advertising the changes through the media.
“WorkCover will send you a renewal pack. You will then need to lodge an application form, a passport sized photo, proof of identity and pay a $ 60 fee for the new five year photo licence.
Licences must be renewed before 31 December 2012.