Forklift Licence Qld

A forklift licence in Qld is a compulsory requirement in order for an operator to get accepted for a job in warehousing, construction and many other industries.

To get your HRW forklift licence, Worksafe Qld obliges applicant to complete the formal training conducted by an RTO and informal training administered by a licenced supervisor. If you are needing licence for yourself, training for your employees or need a competency upgrade, you have to hire a registered RTO to do the training and evaluation.

Breach to existing legislations has stiff fine for both operator and employer.

How to Apply for a Forklift Licence

  1. Look for a Registered Training Organization (RTO) offering the course you required. Some of registered RTOs are listed below. Select the one nearest to your location and provide the HRW training requirement you need. 
  2. RTO will conduct the formal and practical training. The applicant must attend the number of hours (40) of practical forklift operation and undertake lectures of formal training course. 
  3. Reserve for written examination and practical assessment with your chosen RTO. You should notify your RTO at least six (6) days in advance. 
  4. Applicant who passed the formal and practical trainings will receive assessment (AS1) from accredited supervisor and statement of attainment from the RTO.
  5. Submit application in person (within 60 days after passing) together with other documentary requirements (filled up F1 form, AS 1 from supervisor, any valid HRW licence or certificate relevant to it, 100 points ID, including your passport type photo and $74) to Australia Post. Workplace Health and Safety Qld allow Australia Post to process application on behalf of them.  
  6. Keep your AS1 and receipt issued by Australia Post. They are proofs that you properly submitted an application for a legal HRW forklift licence. You can present these to your prospective employer attesting that a pending licence application has been properly submitted and awaiting decision. 
Take notice that the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will not recognize by Workplace Health and Safety Qld if applicant is applying for HRW licence.

If you supply sufficient evidence proving you to be experienced operator, you can present that to adjust the type of training to achieve relevant to your competency.

You can discuss your level of skill with your RTO, so they can modify the type of training suitable to you.

Registered Training Organizations in Queensland

Here are some of the Workplace Health and Safety standard compliant RTOs. They provide training and refresher course at the workplace:

  • Industry Training Qld - 51-55 Toll St, Mount St John QLD 4818, Australia, Phone: +61 1300 872 462
  • Transqual - Unit 4 / 308 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge, QLD 4115, Telephone: (07) 3344 5272, Fax: (07) 3344 6335, Mobile: 0407 541 377
  • FMS Training - 1/42 Paisley Dr, Lawnton Qld 4501, Phone: (07) 3889 2003, 0423 187 314
  • The Operator School - 27 Technology Dr, Arundel QLD 4214, Australia, Phone: +61 7 5537 9244
  • Get Skilled Qld - 11 Wilkins St, Annerley, Brisbane City QLD 4103, Phone: 1300 856 832
  • AG Training - 49 Carrington Rd, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Phone: +61 7 4634 6887
  • One Stop Training - 1 Marine Parade, Southport, Queensland, Phone: 1300 556 387
  • Site Skills Training - 07 4979 1722, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 63 Raedon St Biloela, 4715
  • Major Training Group - 21-25 Monigold Place, Dinmore / Ipswich, Queensland 4303, Phone: 07 3282 0344
  • Backlay Thomas - Loganholme QLD 4129, Australia, Phone: +61 7 5573 0216
  • Tafe Queensland - Call 1300 308 233
  • AG Training - 49 Carrington Rd, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Phone: +61 7 4634 6887
  • CTAD - Servicing Manunda, QLD, 4870, Mobile: 0404 70 0409
  • Alpha Truck and Driver Training - 218/220 Spence St, Bungalow QLD 4870, Phone: +61 438 010 614
  • Wallace Forklift Training and Assessment - 15 Sauger Ct, Mountain Creek Queensland 4557, Phone: (07) 5478 4929
  • Morgan and Sons Plant Operator Training - 7 Albion Rd, Eatons Hill, QLD 4037, Phone: (07) 3264 1777
  • Coates Hire - Lot 1, Northridge Road, Mt Isa QLD 4825, Ph: (07) 4749 9000, Fax: (07) 4749 1915
  • Sharp Training - website:, provides other construction trainings
  • JADS Training and Assessing - 5 Marryatt Street, 4740 Mackay, Queensland, Phone: +61 402 311 280
  • NOVA Skill - Unit 10/110 Brisbane Road, Labrador QLD 4215, Phone: (07) 5665 0800, Fax: (07) 3208 2641
  • Industry Training QLD - 51-55 Toll St, Mount St John QLD 4818, Phone: +61 1300 872 462
  • Mt. Blue Training - Provides service in Mackay, North Mackay, Beaconsfield, Paget, Slade Point, Walkerston, Marian, Sarina, Dysart, Moranbah, Mobile: 0428 73 2147
  • Koolat Safety - 2/492 Beaudesert Rd, Salisbury QLD 4107, Phone: +61 1300 186 308
  • Diverse Training - Meadowbrook & Burleigh Heads, QLD, Phone: 07 3450 9895 or 0406 713 644
  • Civil Safety - 52 Commerce Circuit, Yatala QLD 4207, Phone: 07 3804 7723
  • Hi Reach Training Australia - 28 Goodman Place, Murarrie QLD 4172, Phone: 1300 661 400

Cost may vary depending on the course, length of training and the number of applicants an employer will apply.

Requirements of Forklift Training 

  1. At the time of application, applicant should be at 18 years old or above. Present proof of age.
  2. Physically fit and not suffering from any illness.
  3. Can communicate in written and verbal English language is a must.
  4. Other requirements may be needed, applicant must enquire with RTO for supplemental prerequisites.

How Much Doest it Cost for Forklift Licence Training 

Pricing will depend on the type of course you applied for. If you are a new student and no knowledge on forklift truck driving, then you may need to take some time taking the course, thus, it is more expensive, around AU$400 to AU$500.

However, if you are an experienced operator and needing only the formality of the RTO training course to get your licence, you will spend much lesser time, 1-2 days perhaps. You may need to pay as much as AU$200 to AU$350, depending on the RTO.

In addition to the RTO training course fee, you need to pay also AU$70 to Australia Post for processing of the plastic licence.

I wish you good luck and continue your endeavor to obtain a forklift licence.


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