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High risk work licence

For: Employers and managers Information seekers

Under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations, a worker, must have an appropriate High Risk Work Licence before a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) can direct you to undertake high risk work. We currently issue high risk work licences to members of the Australian Defence Force and selected others within the Commonwealth jurisdiction.

How to apply

Submit the High Risk Work Licence application form (PDF, 381.5 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:


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, 1.2 MB).

Page last reviewed: 15 June 2022
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Date printed 28 Mar 2023