Check a licence
SafeWork licence register
Following an amendment to the WHS Regulation in December 2017, the NSW Government implemented a register of high risk work, asbestos and demolition licence holders, and general construction induction training card holders. The register does not include holders of explosives and firework licences.
The register has been designed to make managing a business easier by allowing businesses and consumers to check the validity of workers’ licences/cards and make informed decisions regarding contractors they engage.
From 31 May 2018, the register will include the licence/card holder’s name, licence number and type, licence status, the licence expiry date (if any), licence conditions, prosecution summaries and information about any penalty notices issued to licence holders.
Note: Only the penalty notices issued to licence holders by SafeWork NSW on or after 1 July 2018 will be published on the register. Licence holders should use this time to implement safe systems of work to ensure compliance with the work health and safety laws.
Please refer to the policy for publishing penalty notices for more information.
A person can request to have their information suppressed by demonstrating that its publication would impact their personal safety or well-being.
Regular checking of licences
Businesses and employers should regularly check workers' licences to ensure the licence is valid.
You should check that the licence:
- has not expired
- includes the relevant classes
- has the correct photo and name of the worker
Workers need a licence to:
- remove or assess asbestos
- carry out construction work
- carry out high risk work, like operating cranes, forklifts and erecting scaffolding
- work with explosives and fireworks
Workers must have their high risk work licence available for inspection.
Industry issued competency cards
There have been a number of competency cards issued within industry that display SafeWork NSW licence numbers. These cards are not issued or endorsed by SafeWork NSW and therefore cannot be considered reliable evidence of a workers licence.
You can quickly check the validity of a licence by calling us on 13 10 50 or by email.