Some Good News
It’s not every day you get a financial break from the Government. However, 2020 / 2021 is full of strange days so we’re due for some good news. If you hold a High Risk Work (HRW) licence such as Fork Lift (licence class LF), Elevating Work Platform (licence class WP) the good news is your licence renewal fee has been waived (waiver valid until April 19 2021).
COVID-19 Fee Waiver
The NSW Government’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package includes a number of measures that have a positive impact on businesses operating in the construction, transport and civil works industries.
These industries are seen as essential for Australia’s economic recovery as we negotiate our way through and beyond the pandemic. There will be skill areas that are in high demand, and skills shortages that need to be addressed due to the increased demand and reduced immigration.
The NSW Government’s stimulus includes a special 12 month “COVID-19 fee waiver” for a variety of SafeWork NSW work licenses. These licences aren’t just for HRW licences such as forklift and elevating work platform. The waiver also includes areas such as Asbestos and Demolition licence renewal.
Follow these steps to apply for your free HRW Licence renewal
SafeWork NSW are the State Government workplace health and safety regulator. Their responsibility includes making sure all workplaces remain compliant with health and safety laws. SafeWork has outlined the following guidance on how to renew your HRW licence.
So they’re your steps to renew your SafeWork NSW HRW licence. Currently the fee wavier is set to expire April 19, 2021. If your forklift or EWP licence is due to expire in the next 12 months don’t wait for the renewal application to come in the mail – it might be too late for the freebie by the time it arrives. Follow these steps and get the renewal started now.
Normally you would hold off your renewal for as long as possible because of the $$$. It’s to your advantage to renew early with the COVID-19 fee waiver. You are entitled to start your renewal if the licence is set to expire within 12 months – you don’t need to wait until the last 60 days!