Forklift Licensing Requirements in Australia

If you’d like to operate a forklift in Australia, you’ll need to be assessed within Australia itself to obtain a license. Some regulations have changed recently, and everyone who is planning to work in the field will also need to be assessed. Even if you have been working as a forklift driver, you have to be re-assessed!

Here’s a summary of guidelines and regulations applying to forklift licenses.

  • Your local Worksafe office will have the most recent information regarding forklift licenses that you need, and there are different companies offering courses in Australia. HPOTS also keeps up with the latest regulations training requirements and any course you complete here will more than cover you.
  • If you have had your forklift licenses for a few years, you should check that they are still valid, as regulation has now been passed to the states. There’s a new type of training in place, and you have to be assessed according to the requirements.
  • Forklift licenses need to be renewed every 5 years, and classroom training is required every three years to refresh your knowledge and get updated on recent Australian regulations.
  • You need to be over 18 to apply for forklift licenses and a different type of license is needed, depending on the type of work you do and the make of the fork lift. If you sit down and don’t handle materials, a simple license for forklift is going to be enough. However, if you are required to load and handle the stock, you are going to need advanced training. These types of forklift licenses are called loader-picker licenses.

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