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Licences, registrations and authorisations

For: Employers and managers Information seekers

Comcare issues licences, registrations and authorisations in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.


To obtain a licence, registration or authorisation from Comcare, you need to be:

  • the ‘person conducting a business or undertaking’ (PCBU)
  • a worker for the Australian Government, or
  • an approved licensee under the Comcare scheme.

Asbestos removal work licence

The removal of asbestos must be carried out by a licensed asbestos removalist.

The ‘person conducting a business or undertaking’ must ensure that any asbestos removal work they commission is carried out by a licensed asbestos removalist.

See Asbestos removal work licensing for information on how to apply.

High risk work licence

High risk work licences are issued to workers who carry out high risk work activities. We currently only issue high risk work licences to members of the Australian Defence Force.

How to apply

Submit the High Risk Work Licence application form (PDF, 279.6 KB) to apply for a high risk work licence to carry out high risk work activities.

Applications must be made within 60 days of the training certification being issued.

Additional documents to be supplied with an application for a new or class addition are:

Exemption

Comcare may grant an exemption from the requirements to hold a high risk work licence.

Before you apply for an exemption, we recommend you read the Regulatory guide - High risk work licence exemptions, which includes further information about this exemption and the application process.

More information

For more information, see High Risk Work Licensing applicant guide (PDF, 541.0 KB).

Major hazard facility licence

If your facility holds, or is likely to hold, chemicals listed in schedule 15 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 equal to, or more than, the threshold quantity then you must have a licence to operate a major hazard facility.

See Major hazard facilities to find out how to apply as well as information on:

  • notification quantities of hazardous chemicals (when you must notify Comcare)
  • threshold quantities of hazardous chemicals (when you must apply for a licence).

Plant design and items of plant registration

Some plant design and items of plant must be registered, under the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (WHS Regulations).

Plant design

The items of plant design that need to be registered are listed in Registration of plant and plant designs—schedule 5 of the WHS Regulations.

To apply, submit the Design Registration (or Variation of Design) of an Item of Plant application form (PDF, 201.5 KB).

For more information, see Plant Design Registration applicant guide (PDF, 129.0 KB).

Items of plant

The items of plant that need to be registered are listed in Registration of plant and plant designs—schedule 5 of the WHS Regulations.

To apply for plant item and design registration, submit:

For more information, see Plant Registration applicant guide (PDF, 133.6 KB).

A condition of all plant registrations is that you must provide Comcare with details of the maintenance, inspection and, if necessary, testing of that item of plant annually. See Annual maintenance notifications for more details.

Prohibited and restricted carcinogens authorisation

A ‘person conducting a business or undertaking’ or their workers must have authorisation from Comcare to use, handle, or store prohibited or restricted carcinogens.

Background

The PCBU at a workplace is responsible for applying for authorisation. You must complete an application form for each carcinogen you are applying for at your workplace.

Authorisation is necessary so that Comcare can apply resources and target compliance and enforcement actions to areas of greatest risk to health and safety.

The use, handling and storage of prohibited or restricted carcinogens are covered in schedule 10 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.

How to apply

To apply, submit the Authorisation to Use, Handle or Store Prohibited and Restricted Carcinogens application form (PDF, 114.8 KB).

Conditions of authorisation

Comcare may authorise a person to use, handle or store:

  • a prohibited carcinogen only if it will be used, handled or stored for genuine research or analysis
  • a restricted carcinogen only if it will be used, handled or stored only for a use referred to in column 3 of schedule 10, table 10.2, column 2 for the relevant item.

A person who applies for an authorisation to use, handle or store a carcinogen must have the appropriate delegation from the responsible agency or organisation.

How long an authorisation applies for

An authorisation is valid for an unrestricted duration, unless the authorisation is cancelled by Comcare.

A decision to cancel an authorisation is a reviewable decision.

Statement of exposure to workers

At the end of a worker’s employment, the PCBU must give them a written statement to the worker containing:

  • the name of the prohibited or restricted carcinogen to which the workers may have been exposed during their employment
  • the time the worker may have been exposed
  • how and where the worker may obtain records of the possible exposure
  • whether the worker should undertake regular health assessments, and the relevant tests to undertake.

Changes to information in your application

You must advise Comcare in writing of any changes to the information provided in your application form.

This information should be provided prior to the change or as soon as reasonably practicable after becoming aware of the change.

More information

For more information on using, handling and storing carcinogens, see:

General construction induction training card

Workers must complete general construction induction training before they can carry out construction work, under the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.

Background

General construction induction training provides basic knowledge of:

  • construction work
  • the work health and safety laws that apply
  • common hazards likely to be encountered in construction work
  • how the associated risks can be controlled.

The nationally recognised unit of competency for general construction induction training is CPCCOHS1001A – Work safely in the construction industry.

Upon successfully completing this training, a worker is eligible to apply for a general construction induction training card, commonly known as a white card within the industry.

If you are working at the workplace of an Australian Government agency or statutory authority and hold a valid state or territory issued construction induction training card, you are not required to apply to Comcare for a Commonwealth Construction Induction Training Card. This is because the Australian Government recognises valid construction induction training cards issued by all state and territory authorities.

How to apply

To apply, submit the Commonwealth Construction Induction Training Card (New or Replacement) application form (PDF, 339.7 KB).

Applications must be made within 60 days of the training certification being issued, or at any time if the applicant holds a written declaration issued by the registered training organisation (RTO) who delivered the training.

More information

For more information, see:

Page last reviewed: 10 February 2020
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Date printed 01 Oct 2020

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