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17 March 2022
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Large parts of NSW recently experienced significant rainfall. 

Severe weather can disrupt mining operations as well as impact safe access and egress from mines. We prepared a safety bulletin to remind people conducting a business or undertaking as a mine operator or contractor, to consider the risks posed by significant rainfall impacting slope stability of excavations, quarry benches, dumps and other structures.

Prolonged rainfall can saturate soils, cause pooling on surfaces, lubricate faults and erode roads and ramps. This can impact the safety of workers and safe access and egress to and from mine working areas. 

More information is available in the safety bulletin, including recommendations to mine operators. 
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Review of quarries sector to ensure compliance with Mining Act authorisations

Do you operate a registered quarry? All quarry operators registered with the Regulator, excluding local councils, will soon receive an email from us about the material being extracted at their operation.

This relates to a review that’s underway to ensure all quarries are operating in accordance with the requirements of the Mining Act 1992.

To facilitate this review, quarry operators will be sent an email requiring a response by 31 March 2022. The email will include specific questions to identify if scheduled minerals are being or have been extracted without authorisation. More information is available on our website.

If you seek any further information please email
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EOI for Chairperson of Mining and Petroleum Competence Board

Expressions of interest are sought for appointment as independent Chairperson of the Mining and Petroleum Competence Board.

The Board is a Minister-appointed statutory body established under the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013.
The Chairperson must be independent of the mining industry stakeholder organisations and registered training organisations that service the mining industry. Appointment is for a term of up to three years.

Applications and resumes should be submitted by email to Applications close on 22 April 2022. More information is available on our website
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Updates to certificate of competence exam calendar  

Further changes have been made to the examination calendar for the first half of 2022. Details are available on our website and changes include:

  • the closing dates for the written and subsequent oral exams have been separated
  • mining engineering manager and open cut examiner written exams closing dates
  • the underground mine supervisor briefing session is on 24 March and the oral exam closing date has been extended to 11 April.

All applications are to be submitted via the Resources Regulator portal by first obtaining a login, which requires identity documents to be submitted.

Individuals interested in applying are recommended to attend the free briefing session for each function conducted by each examination panel to inform you of what the process requires and what is expected to be assessed as competent. Please register to attend via this link.

A calendar of exams for 2022/2023 financial year will be published by May. Please contact the mining competence team for further information or 4063 6461

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Changes for quarry manager tier practising certificates 2022 – 2024 

This is a reminder to industry about changes being made for quarry manager practising certificates. Mine operators and practising certificate holders are reminded that the following changes are being implemented:

  • tier 2 specific location-only assessment process with an inspector on site will cease accepting applications after 30 September 2022.
  • from 1 October 2022 the only process will be to apply for an all tier 2 quarries certificate by satisfying the qualification and experience gazetted requirements
  • all new or renewed practising certificates have a condition requiring the holder to possess one of the gazetted eligible qualifications by 1 October 2024.

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 4063 6461.

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Last chance to secure your ticket to SHRS 

Our annual Safety and Health Representatives Seminar will be held next week, on 23 March 2022 at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. This is an important annual learning and development opportunity for coal mine safety and health representatives.

Invitations have been sent to nominated ISHRs and SSHRs. If you did not receive an invitation and would like to attend, please contact the engagement team ASAP on to request an invitation.

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See you at the IQA National Conference

We are exhibiting at the 63rd IQA National Conference to be held at Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre on 29 - 31 March 2022.

Our inspectors will be at Stand # 29 so please drop in and have a chat with the team.

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MESS 2022 - Call for speakers closing soon

We are seeking experienced and enthusiastic presenters for the 30th Annual Mechanical Engineering Safety Seminar to be held on 10 and 11 August 2022.

The submission deadline for presenter applications is 1 April 2022. Note: If you submitted an expression of interest for 2021, you do not need to complete an application.

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Have your say about National Safe Work Month 2022

National Safe Work Month runs in October each year and Safe Work Australia asks workers and employers across Australia to commit to safe and healthy workplaces.

Safe Work would like to hear from you and your networks about the theme of the NSWM 2022 campaign.

A short online survey is available to help Safe Work make this year’s National Safe Work Month relevant to you and your organisation.

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