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3 July 2018
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Practising certificates - Stage 1 Managers implementation period closing 31 August 

The implementation invitation period for practising certificate applications will close on 31 August 2018 for the following statutory functions:
  • Mining engineering manager 
  • Mechanical engineering manager
  • Electrical engineering manager
By applying for a practising certificate within the implementation invitation period, individuals can claim learning completed in the one year period prior to being issued with their practising certificate. Individuals can then claim the remaining hours required during the five year period of the certificate. 

A NSW Gazette currently in affect specifies that holding a certificate of competence is equivalent to a practising certificate. When the gazette expires, a practising certificate will be essential to exercise specific statutory functions as required under the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014. 

Practising certificates are issued for five years and require the holder to undertake ongoing learning as part of the maintenance of competence scheme.

Practising certificates are being launched in stages, by type of practising certificate. To find out upcoming application dates for other statutory functions, view our implementation timeline

How to apply 
To apply for a practising certificate for a statutory function listed above, complete and submit the Practising certificate application form available on our website. The implementation invitation period for these functions is open until 31 August 2018. To ensure you are issued with a practising certificate prior to this date, you should apply by the end of July at the latest.

Individuals can continue to apply for a practising certificate after this date. If they do not apply within two years of implementation, then they will be required to complete an additional 20% of total learning hour requirements for maintenance of competence.

More information 
Information on the maintenance of competence scheme and practising certificates is available on our website including frequently asked questions. For further advice contact the NSW Resources Regulator’s Mining competence team on 02 4063 6461 or email
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Updating hazardous chemical notifications by 25 July 2018

The Resources Regulator has a current compliance priority in relation to the safe storage, handling and notification of hazardous chemicals. As part of this priority program, a review of all mines and petroleum site notifications is being conducted.

In accordance with cl 348 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017, mines and petroleum sites are required to notify the regulator where a quantity of schedule 11 hazardous chemicals, or group of Schedule 11 hazardous chemicals exceeding the manifest quantity is, or is to be, used, handled or stored at the workplace. Notifications by mine and petroleum site operators in relation to this provision are to be made via the SafeWork NSW online notification form. The notification form and guidance material are available at

The online notification form has been recently updated to include mine and petroleum site specific information. As a result, the Resources Regulator requests that all mine and petroleum sites update existing notifications, or make any required notifications as soon as reasonably practicable and no later than 25 July 2018.

We thank you for you attention to this matter. If you require further information please email
View notification form and guidance material

Executive Director / Chief Inspector Mine Safety position advertised

The Executive Director/Chief Inspector leads the technical response for the mine safety compliance and enforcement activities of the Resources Regulator. The role is required to work closely with the Chief Compliance Officer when taking the lead to improve health and safety performance at mine sites and associated facilities. 
This role drives the technical response when required in respect to investigation of incidents, consultation, risk identification, site assessments and enforcement interventions.

Further information
To fully understand the scope of the role please read the information available on the I Work for NSW website link below.
I Work for NSW: Executive Director / Chief Inspector Mine Safety

Self-audit checklist for explorers

A self-audit checklist has been developed by the NSW Resources Regulator to assist people who hold exploration authorisations and carry out exploration activities to understand their regulatory responsibilities.

This checklist is self-directed and helps industry to consider many aspects of their regulatory responsibilities under the Mining Act 1992 and the Mining Regulation 2016.

The checklist can be viewed and downloaded from the Compliance management section of the NSW Resources Regulator website using the link below.
Visit NSW Resources Regulator - Compliance management
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Further contact info:
Resources Regulator | Phone: 1300 814 609

Regional NSW, Resources Regulator
516 High St
Maitland, New South Wales 2320

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