NT workers reminded to renew WorkSafe-issued licences

Friday, 17 June, 2022

NT workers reminded to renew WorkSafe-issued licences

NT WorkSafe has issued a reminder for workers to keep their WorkSafe-issued licences current and to not let them expire, after a recent increase in workers trying to renew licenses that have been expired for a number of months.

NT WorkSafe issues high-risk work licences under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 for operating equipment including forklifts and cranes. Licences are issued under the Dangerous Goods Act 1998 for gasfitting and shotfiring and under the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2010 to drive vehicles transporting dangerous goods.

Workers are reminded that it is a breach of these Acts to perform work unlicensed or on an expired licence. Workers operating without a valid high-risk work licence can face an on-the-spot fine of $1440 and workers caught breaching the dangerous goods laws may face prosecution. Licence holders are also reminded that it is a requirement to notify NT WorkSafe of a change of residential address within 14 days of the change occurring.

Workers who have allowed their licence to expire for too long a period may be required to apply for a new licence instead of a renewal, which includes providing evidence of training or competency. NT WorkSafe sends licence renewal reminders but has noticed an increase in email bouncebacks lately from these reminders due to invalid email addresses. All licence holders are reminded to check that their licence has not expired and encouraged to update their contact details by calling 1800 019 115 or emailing ntworksafe@nt.gov.au to receive licence renewal reminders.

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