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Scaffolding in Australia

To perform scaffolding work in Australia, you must hold a valid licence and be competent (through training and experience) to undertake the work. Scaffolding is considered high risk work and there are consequences for not performing the work safely. The information below explains when you need a scaffold licence, how to get one and the responsibilities associated with holding a licence.

Scaffolding work is the erection, alteration or dismantling of a temporary structure, (not including a trestle ladder, supporting a platform) used to support people and material in the construction or repair of buildings and other large structures. It is usually a modular system of metal pipes, although it can be made out of other materials.

If you wish to perform scaffolding work, where a person or object may fall more than four metres from the scaffold, you must hold a high risk work licence for scaffolding.

When is a licence not required?

SB - Basic Scaffolder

  • Prefabricated scaffolds
  • Cantilevered hoist with a load limit not exceeding 500 kilograms (materials only)
  • Ropes
  • Gin wheels
  • Safety nets and static lines
  • Bracket scaffolds (tank and formwork)

Contact The Scaffold Tool & Training Company to book in for a course – Scaffolding Basic, Scaffolding Intermediate or Scaffolding Advanced. You must complete a Basic Scaffolding course before you can attend an Intermediate Scaffolding course.

A licence holder may have their licence suspended or cancelled if it can be demonstrated that they had not erected scaffolding safely.