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Forklift Licensing Requirements in Australia

Safety November 1, 2016

Forklift Training

If your wanting to operate a forklift in Australia, you’ll need to have a Australian Forklift License. Which means you will need to sit for and be assessed for a forklift licence in Australia.

Regulations have changed recently, and anyone who is planning to work as a full time forklift operator will also need to be assessed. Even if you have been working as a forklift driver, you might have to be re-assessed, depending on when you got your forklift ticket.

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

 

  • Your local Work Place Health and Safety office will have the most recent information regarding forklift licenses that you need, and there are many different companies offering courses in Australia.  Talk to your local forklift licensing business to find out the particulars you might need in your state.

 

  • If you have had your forklift license 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 for forklifts, and you have to be assessed according to the most current requirements in your state.

 

  • 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 type of  fork lift. If you sit down and don’t handle materials, a simple license for forklift is going to be enough.

 

But if you are required to load and actual pick the stock, you are going to need advanced training. These types of forklift licenses are called order-picker licenses.

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