10:54 am, Wednesday 20 June, 2012
Hon Russell Wortley
Photo: SA Government website
Industrial Relations Minister Russell Wortley reminded on Thursday all South Australians who are involved in high risk work to convert their qualifications to the new national Licence to Perform High Risk Work.
The new licensing system requires people with high risk work including those involving forklifts, cranes and hoists, scaffolding and pressure equipment, or people engaged in rigging and dogging work to convert to the new licence in a phased approach through to 2015, based on the issue date of their oldest qualification.
“We are currently in the second year of the five year conversion schedule,” said Minister Wortley.
“This means that anyone who holds an OHS Certification Australian Card, or a Notice of Satisfactory Assessment (NSA) for forklift operation, issued between 4 April 1995 and 31 December 1998 will need to convert their qualifications before 1 September 2012.
“Workers with qualifications in this date range who do not possess the new licence by September will no longer be able to legally undertake that type of work here in South Australia or interstate.
“The holder of a nationally recognised High Risk Work Licence can use their qualifications anywhere in Australia, saving them the inconvenience of having to meet the requirements of different states or territories.”
Workers with qualifications falling into the relevant category are advised to call the High Risk Work Conversion Line on 1300 975 909 for assistance in converting to the new national licence.
The process of converting to the new national licence takes several weeks from application. For a single fee, multiple qualifications can be converted simultaneously with all of them listed on the new photo licence.
Additional information about High Risk Work Licensing can be obtained through the SafeWork SA website or by calling the SafeWork SA Help Centre on 1300 365 255.