Authorisation as a compliance certifier

A compliance certifier is an individual or non-individual (a body corporate) authorised by WorkSafe to issue compliance certificates. A compliance certificate confirms that an individual, site and/or equipment is compliant with the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.

To be granted authorisation as a compliance certifier, you are required to demonstrate you have sufficient qualifications and experience with hazardous substances and/or associated equipment and that you are a fit and proper person.

Criteria are specified in Part 6 of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017(external link).

More information is available in the following guides:

Guide for compliance certifier authorisation (Individual) (PDF 156 KB)

Guide for compliance certifier authorisation (Body corporate) (PDF 140 KB)

Application fees

Fees for authorisation as a compliance certifier are specified in Schedule 2 of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.  These are summarised below:

Application

Amount (including GST)

Authorisation as new compliance certifier $830

Application to vary scope or conditions of

compliance certifier authorisation
$583
Renewal of compliance certifier authorisation $415

Authorised compliance certifiers

Authorisation as a compliance certifier is specific to the person’s knowledge and experience.  This is set out in the scope of authorisation, which specifies the types of compliance certificates the compliance certifier can issue. 

An authorisation as a compliance certifier can be granted for up to 5 years.

All authorised compliance certifiers are listed on the register of compliance certifiers(external link).

WorkSafe monitors the performance of compliance certifiers to ensure they comply with the regulations and carry out their functions in an objective manner that promotes safety.

Compliance certifier application

To apply as an individual to become a compliance certifier, renew and/or vary your authorisation, complete the form: Application for authorisation as compliance certifier (individual)

Application for authorisation as compliance certifier - Individual (PDF 176 KB)

For a non-individual (a body corporate) to apply to become a compliance certifier, renew and/or vary an authorisation, complete the form: Application for authorisation as compliance certifier (body corporate)

Application for authorisation as compliance certifier (Body corporate) (PDF 176 KB)

An applicant for authorisation as compliance certifier must also complete a Fit and proper assessment form

Fit and proper assessment form (PDF 130 KB)

Assessment forms and statutory declaration

New applicants for authorisation as a compliance certifier or compliance certifiers applying to vary the scope and/or conditions of their authorisation may use the following annexes to demonstrate their knowledge and experience.

Select the annexes that are relevant to the scope applied for and attach them to your application.

Annex A – Hazardous substances (PDF 56 KB)

Annex B – Gases under pressure (PDF 59 KB)

Annex C – HSW legislation (PDF 57 KB)

Annex D – Experience with equipment, procedures, systems, handling, testing, inspecting, design (PDF 75 KB)

Annex E - Handler/Filler assessment expertise  (PDF 61 KB)

Annex F - Statutory declaration – Practical experience under supervision (PDF 50 KB)

Auditing of compliance certifiers

Compliance certifiers must be audited by WorkSafe at least every four years to verify they are working within the scope of their authorisation and meeting legal requirements.

Audit of compliance certifiers - FAQ (PDF 58 KB)