Do you need a licence to operate a scissor lift?

Scissor Lift

A scissor lift is a versatile elevated work platform that allows work access to an are that would otherwise be restricted due to height.

In most Australian states, it is a legal requirement to obtain a Scissor Lift license prior to operating a electric scissor lift, diesel scissor lift or any other EWP (elevated work platform) machine. 

The EWP license is a statement for your employer and yourself to show you have successfully achieved the required level of competence to operate diesel scissor lifts, electric scissor lifts and other EWPs.

Along with your Scissor lift ticket, you will need to successfully complete your High Risk Work license. This licence is required when you are operating certain types of cranes, hoists, forklifts, rigging, scaffolding and pressure equipment.

To acquire the appropriate licenses to be able to work on electric scissor lifts or diesel scissor lifts, you must register, attend and submit your final assessments from a registered training organisation that delivers the appropriate learning. 

What are scissor lift ticket requirements?

Here is a list of what is required to obtain your scissor lift ticket:

  1. Adequate training of the scissor lift
  2. In most states you must be 18 years of age to obtain a license 
  3. Receive training from an appropriate Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
  4. Organise “on the job” training with a supervisor who holds a current EWP license and receive instructions on how to safely operate the scissor lift
  5. In all situations, the training must be supervised
  6. Obtain relevant OHS (occupational health & safety) training and accreditation
  7. Keep a training record or log book which can be used by the RTO as evidence of your “on the job” training component of your assessment
  8. Obtain your High Risk Work license

What you can expect to learn in a Scissor Lift Operator course?

During your time spent conducting further learning in a scissor lift operator course, you can expect to learn:

  • Operator safety checks
  • Reporting Machine Faults
  • General operating procedure
  • Workcover standards for operator competence
  • Workcover Infringements
  • How to avoid bad operating habits
  • Practical driving tests
  • Battery handling, maintenance and charging

Do scissor lift tickets expire?

Yes, after a certain period of time, scissor lift tickets will expire generally every 5 years. However depending on your governing state body, this time frame can differ. Something to also consider is the expiry time of your High Risk Work License, these also expire every 5 years.

How much does it cost for a Scissor Lift license?

Firstly, you must complete a scissor lift education course conducted by an RTO (Registered Training Organisation). These courses provide you with the necessary education and knowledge required to obtain your High Risk Work license.

You can expect to pay anywhere between $175 - $700 for a scissor lift training course which includes all the components required by state law to obtain your High Risk Work license.

In terms of the High Risk Work license fees, these differ from state to state. See below a table of full fees per state.


New Application

License Renewal



$96.80 per license class

$87.85 per license class

5 Years

New South Wales

$74 per license class

$68 per license class

5 Years


$66.60 per license class

$50.35 per license class

5 Years

South Australia

$83.50 per license class

$83.50 per license class

5 Years


$100 per license class

$53 per license class

5 Years


$71.28 (1-3 classes)
$84.24 (3+ classes)

$58.32 per license class

5 Years

Northern Territory

$76 per license class

$63 per license class

5 Years


$100 per license class

$100 per license class

5 Years


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