Aus LoadShifting is a family-owned business based in Londonderry, Western Sydney, established in 2000. As an accredited training organisation since 2009, Aus LoadShifting has become industry leaders in training and assessment for forklifts, high risk, and heavy vehicle licensing.
Our team has helped countless people obtain licences for their given professions. Our trainers also offer onsite training, reducing the loss of productivity, and allowing your employees to receive their training and assessments on-premises.
Our facilitators are passionate about providing high-quality training courses and producing positive results for their clients. We are fully accredited and adhere to all SafeWork NSW and the Australian Skills Quality Authorities standards and policies.
Below we will have a look at how you obtain a forklift licence in NSW and why Aus LoadShifting is the trusted leader in forklift training in Sydney and greater NSW region.
How do you obtain a forklift licence in New South Wales?
The process of obtaining a forklift licence in Australia differs from other countries. The training process is identical; however, the issuing authority is not. Workcover and Worksafe issue the licences Australia wide, and the scope of the licences can vary in each state.
In NSW, obtaining an LF, LO and LR licence, has become stricter and more expensive since January 2013. Applying for forklift training in Sydney is done by enrolling in a course offered by a registered training organisation (RTO).
Aus LoadShifting is a registered and certified training company offering high-quality training on all kinds of forklifts and high-risk, heavy vehicles.
Don’t get caught unlicenced
If you get caught using a forklift without a licence on NSW premises, you may be held criminally liable. Both the business and the operator could face fines in the tens of thousands, and also be penalised by Workcover NSW.
Don’t risk the safety and lives of others or the substantial cost of breaching forklift operation regulations. Contact Aus LoadShifting for all Sydney forklift licence inquiries and make sure you and your employees are licenced and certified.
Laws and regulations governing the safe operation of high-risk vehicles in Australia are under constant review. Workcover and Worksafe are always looking for new ways to assure the safety of all workers nationwide.
Certified companies like Aus LoadShifting provide refresher courses for all forklift types. They also offer various other courses to upskill, update and refresh operators on additional high risk, heavy vehicle regulations, and reviewed licence changes.
It is important to ensure all operators in your company or corporation fully comply with changing health and safety regulations.
What do you need to apply for a licence?
To obtain a forklift licence in NSW, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be 18 years old or older
- You must be able to communicate in English, both in writing and verbally
- You must submit 100-Point Evidence of Identity Form (if applying for HRW licence)
The next step is to find a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in NSW, like Aus LoadShifting. We can offer all accredited forklift training and licencing on their Sydney premises, or arrange on-site accreditation in the greater NSW region.
What other high risk and heavy vehicles do you need licences for?
Most heavy machinery and trucks over a specific size and weight require specialist licences in NSW. Aus LoadShifting, for example, offer a variety of courses for a number of vehicles.
- Heavy trucks
- Skid steering vehicles
- Elevated work platforms
- Various other courses
All courses are kept small, so you get more machine time to develop safe and competent handling skills. This helps to build students confidence in a shorter amount of time.
How is a course structured?
Different schools may vary slightly in the curriculum; however, a forklift or high-risk vehicle accreditation course is generally separated into two parts:
- Knowledge assessment
This section involves an interactive information session, followed by a written/oral exam, generally featuring a series of multiple-choice questions. These courses vary in length depending on the vehicle and contains critical questions that must be answered correctly.
- Performance assessment
Assessing your performance involves the physical operation of the vehicle. This consists of evaluating a students competence in pre and post-operation checks, general use of the vehicle as well as safe handling and operation of the forklift or vehicle.
What is within the course content?
The course aims to provide you with everything you need to be a confident, competent and safe driver. A typical course curriculum covers things like:
- General procedures
- Pre and post-operational checks
- Hazard prevention and control measures
- Assessing safety
- Safe and effective handling of the vehicle
All students need to pass all aspects of the course to receive accreditation. If you meet all requirements, you will receive a notice of satisfactory assessment (NSA). Your application and fee must be lodged via post within 60 days to receive your ticket.
If you are unsuccessful, you will be issued with an assessment summary (AS), and you will not be able to operate a forklift until all assessment criteria are met. An AS is valid for 90 days, and any further assessments carried out in this time, will only be on components deemed as not yet competent.
Are you looking to obtain a forklift licence in Sydney or greater NSW region?
All state-issued forklift licences are accepted across all Australian states and territories. A forklift licence is an excellent employment tool for all workers to have. It gives you access to a wide variety of job opportunities across a broad spectrum of industries.
At Aus LoadShifting, we offer a range of flexible training plans to meet your needs. We provide a fun, engaging, personalised experience, with flexible operating hours for your convenience.
A student who successfully meets all the requirements of our forklift assessments will have the authority to operate forklifts, reach forks, rough terrain forklifts as well as electric, gas, diesel, and petrol-driven forklifts.
Call the industry leaders at Aus LoadShifting to arrange an assessment at our Londonderry facility, or book one of our friendly, expert facilitators on your premises, or send us an email, and we’ll get back to you very soon.