HRWL Exemptions – 2 down, 4 to go

There is more good news on the Worksafe High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) exemption front.   ATHRA finally have confirmation in writing from Worksafe Vic that HRWLs are NOT required in Victoria for railway steam locomotives transporting the public.

The relevant section in the regulations is:

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 –  see below
Schedule 4—Pressure equipment for which high risk work licence is not required 
Regulation 130 
3. Steam locomotive boilers used for public rail transport.

Those Victorian T&H operators who have HRWL requirements in their SMS would be advised to take this part out as ONRSR will audit against your SMS – and not against the exemption in the Act.

An ATHRA Steam Fireman or Steam Drivers certificate of competency is clearly recognised by ONRSR nationally as sufficient qualification for those RSW roles without the need for any Worksafe HRWL.

2 states down (WA and Victoria) – 4 to go. (Exemption applications have been lodged in all states)

FYI – correspondence received from Worksafe below


From: []
Sent: Tuesday, 27 November 2018 2:11 PM
To: Frank Hussey
Subject: RE: Application by ATHRA for HRWL exemption Ref H18/00030


In response to your recent query, What is  the meaning of “public railways” in Regulation 130 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017, I have been advised that this regulation when read in its entirety refers to the boiler only that is used to provide the steam for a locomotive steam engine, used on railways for transporting the public, which is considered pressure equipment for which a high risk work licence is not required under the Victorian OHS Regulations 2017.

Kindest regards,

Senior Licensing Officer
Tel/ 1800 136 089 or 9641 1444

Head Office, 1 Malop Street
Geelong VIC 3220