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High risk work

Hazard, Risk and Remedy information herein adapted from Safe Work Australia material.

High risk work (HRW) refers to work that requires a person to have a licence to perform that work, this includes but isn’t limited to;

  • basic, intermediate and advanced scaffolding
  • dogging
  • basic, intermediate and advanced rigging
  • crane and hoist operation
  • reach stacker operation
  • forklift operation
  • pressure equipment operation
  • boom-type elevating platform operation.


Risks within the regulatory context and definition of ‘High Risk Work’ relate to several industries and separate parts of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations define them. The risks include; Death, serious injury, loss of bodily function, crush injury and many more.
Schedule 3 of the WHS Regulations outlines the classes of HRW which require HRW licences.


PCBU’s must ensure workers have appropriate licences or are training towards attaining a licence. In the absence of a licence there’s a legislative obligation for supervision to be provided by a licensed worker. The best approach is to identify hazards and manage risks associated with the specific work being undertaken using the code of practice that applies to the industry (see resources section below).


Comcare currently only issues high risk work licences to members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Application formsGuidance information


Information SourceContents
Safe Work Australia – Model Code of Practice – How to Manage Work Health and Safety RisksThis code provides practical guidance for persons who have duties under the WHS Act and Regulations to manage risks to health and safety
Safe Work Australia - High Risk Work - Model Codes of PracticeSeveral codes of practice that apply to work within the definition of ‘High Risk Work’.
Comcare - Information on general construction induction trainingGeneral information on construction induction training available at Comcare.
Comcare - General information on the responsibilities associated with managing demolition risksGuidance on regulatory responsibilities for managing demolition risks


Information sourceWhat it contains
Incident notification - Part 3, Section 35 to 37 of the Work, Health and Safety Act 2011The legislative requirements for incident notification to Comcare
Comcare - Guide to incident notificationHelps you decide whether you need to notify Comcare of an injury, illness or dangerous incident under the WHS Act
Page last updated: 10 May 2019