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1 September 2022
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The Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2022 commenced on 1 September 2022. The Regulation is a remake of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014, which lapsed on 1 September in accordance with NSW subordinate legislation laws.

Access the new regulation here

Among other things, the Regulation implements some of the recommendations of the 2020 Statutory Review into Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Laws by Kim Bills.

More information is available on our website

Mining, Exploration and Geoscience (MEG) consulted on the draft Regulation and supporting regulatory impact statement earlier this year before finalising. The MEG response to the submissions received during this process is available here
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Worker’s leg fractured during strata support work in coal mine 

We've issued an Investigation Information Release (IIR) into an incident on 18 July when a worker's leg was fractured at Appin East Mine.

The worker was one of three contract workers doing underground hand-bolting strata support work in the drift.

They were dropped at the work zone by a personnel car, which returned to the surface for maintenance. Later that day the personnel car travelled down the drift and the workers took evasive action to avoid being hit.

As the personnel car passed the workers it caught the bolting hoses and dragged a bolter down the drift, which hit the worker in the lower left leg, fracturing his fibula.

We've started an investigation to determine the cause and circumstances of the incident. The investigation will explore a number of issues including the management of simultaneous operations, taking plant out of service and reintroducing it to service, working around plant, as well as communication, instruction, training and supervision of the workers involved. 

A report will be published when the investigation is concluded. The Investigation Information Release (IIR) is available on our website.

Read the IIR

MESS success

We’d like to thank industry for its support of last month’s Mechanical Engineering Safety Seminar (MESS) which was a great success with high levels of industry engagement.
COVID-19 had caused the cancellation of the 30th Mechanical Engineering Safety Seminar for the past 2 years running.

Read the full story on our website.

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Registration forum

The Registration Forum will take place on 7 September 2022 in the Hunter Valley and online. 

The forum will provide industry with a collaborative event on plant and item registration requirements including amendments and alterations to designs. It will also provide an update on the implementation of the changes being made to simplify the plant registration process.

Who should attend?

  • Design engineers and verifiers for design and item registration applications made to the Regulator
  • Holders of design registrations issued by the Regulator
  • Holders of item registrations issued by the Regulator

More information is available on our website

Request an invitation

Young Mining conviction

On 15 August 2022, Cootamundra Local Court convicted and fined Young Mining Company Pty Ltd a total of $197,855. Of the total fine, $162,855  was in relation to a range of offences under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act), and $35,000 was for an offence under the Mining Act 1992.

Young Mining operates Thuddungra Mine which is located about 25 kilometres northwest of Young. It is also the holder of Consolidated Mining Lease 15 (CML 15) which authorises mining activity at the mine.

Full details of the WHS offences and the Mining Act offences are available on our website

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Call for expressions of interest – certificate of competence examiner

We are seeking additional expressions of interest (EOIs) to be certificate of competence reserve (casual) examiners for the following statutory functions:

  • Open cut examiner
  • Deputy
  • Underground mine supervisor
  • Mining engineering manager underground mines other than coal
  • Electrical engineer and manager.
People interested in examining for other statutory functions can submit an EOI.

Successful candidates will benefit from personal development through exposure to assessment processes. They will also be renumerated and paid for travel expenses, as well as being able to claim learning hours for practising certificate maintenance of competence requirements. 

For more information visit our website:
  • Information for examiners includes:
    • Factsheet: examiner for a certificate of competence
    • EOI form with criteria for appointment that must be completed in full and submitted with a resume
  • Mining and Petroleum Competence Board
  • Mining competence for details of examinations, competencies and practising certificates.

Contact Andrew Palmer, Manager Competencies and Authorisations, 02 4063 6405 or for more information.

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Reminder to renew practising certificate

Holders of practising certificates are reminded to renew their practising certificate well before the 5-year expiry date.

Three months before the expiry date, a reminder email will be sent to the address on the Resources Regulator portal record of the practising certificate holder. The holder should apply through the portal at least 6 weeks prior to expiry to ensure they receive their new certificate in plenty of time.
To ensure a holder receives a reminder email, they must comply with a condition on their practising certificate to keep their contact details up to date with the Regulator. This can be completed through the portal (Mine Workers - practising certificates section).

Further information can be sought from the mining competence team at or 4063 6461.

Access the portal

Changes for quarry manager tier 2 practising certificates - 1 October 2022

This is a final reminder to mine operators and potential applicants that the following changes will soon take effect:

  • we will stop accepting applications after Friday 30 September 2022 for the assessment process for tier 2 specific location quarries with an inspector on site 
  • from 1 October 2022 the only process for new applicants will be to apply for an all tier 2 quarries certificate by satisfying the qualification and experience gazetted requirements.

Further information can be obtained from our Applying for a practising certificate webpage.

If you have specific questions contact the Mining competence team at or 1300 814 609 (option 2 and then 3).

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MEMSS 2022 - early bird tickets now available 

Early bird tickets are still available for the 2nd Mining Engineering Managers' Safety Seminar (MEMSS) held on 12-13 October, 2022 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

A full program will be released in the coming weeks. We encourage those keen to attend to take advantage of the early bird discount and secure your seat. Early bird tickets include the 2-day seminar and dinner on the 12 October, 2022. Limited tickets available.

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Upcoming events 

Electrical Engineering Safety Seminar (EESS)
Tickets are now available for the 30th EESS 2022 on 9 and 10 November 2022 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

Opal mining safety workshops

See all upcoming events

Register for the Workplace Health & Safety Show 2022 

The Workplace Health & Safety Show will be held at Sydney Olympic Park on Tuesday, 20 September and Wednesday, 21 September 2022.

SafeWork NSW is a supporting partner of this free, in-person event. 
You will have access to information on a broad range of products and policies through live demonstrations, seminars, and round table discussions. Find out more.
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