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Festive season safety advice

Many mining operations continue to operate during the Christmas and New Year holiday period and this time of year can be stressful for workers. We want everyone to keep safety top-of-mind this holiday season.

We've put together a range of information about increased risk during the festive season, including risks from alcohol and other drugs, fatigue, mental health and severe weather, including heat. We encourage the industry to share safety messages with its workforce during toolbox talks, safety moments and pre-start meetings this month and into the new year.

The festive season can increase mental health issues, especially for fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) mine workers and those working at remote mine sites. More information is available on our festive season safety page
Festive season safety advice

Certificate of competence exam calendar updated for first half of 2022

The  examination calendar for the first half of 2022 has been updated with information about briefing sessions and oral exam dates for:

  • Electrical and mechanical engineering
  • Quarry manager

If you are interested in applying we recommend you attend the free briefing session for each function, which is conducted by each examination panel. This will inform you of what the process requires and what is expected to be assessed. Please use this link to register to attend
Please contact the mining competence team for further information or 4063 6461 and visit our website to view the updated calendar

Updated exam calendar

Mining Memo - the new Mining, Exploration and Geoscience (MEG) newsletter

Mining, Exploration and Geoscience (MEG) recently launched its updated newsletter called Mining Memo.

The newly redesigned and refreshed newsletter will include information for industry, explorers, local government, landholders and other interest groups.

The newsletter will be issued quarterly and will include updates on major projects, notification of changes to regulations or legislation, details about upcoming events, opportunities and achievements. Click here to sign up to receive Mining Memo. 

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Invitation for public submissions on the Review of the NSW Health Surveillance Scheme 

Submissions are currently being welcomed from the public on the independent quality assurance review of the NSW Health Surveillance Scheme for coal mine workers.
The aim of the review is to ensure that the coal industry health surveillance scheme is continuing to provide robust and effective health surveillance for coal mine workers. It will provide assurance to the industry that the scheme is effective in the early identification of health conditions that may affect workers and recommend any necessary changes to improve the scheme.
Submissions should be forwarded to the independent review team at the University of Illinois (Chicago) by email to
Submissions will be accepted until 15 January 2022.

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Portfolio requirements for certificate of competence exams from 2022-2023

New applicants for the 2022-2023 financial year exams will be required to submit a portfolio of sample workplace documents when applying.

Information and guidance about what is required for each statutory function is available on our website as part of assessment blueprinting. Applicants can start collecting their sample documents so they will be ready before the exams.

Existing candidates, who are re-sitting exams, will not be subject to the new portfolio requirements under the transition arrangements. 

Further information will be provided in early 2022, including an updated guide to applying for a certificate of competence. If you have questions about portfolios please contact the mining competence team via or 4063 6461.

More information

Next stage of vehicle safety campaign begins

SafeWork NSW’s "Safety Around Your Vehicle" compliance project is underway to promote safer working practices when loading, unloading and working around vehicles.

Performing tasks around vehicles is the leading cause of non-driving serious injuries and fatalities in road transport and logistics. More information is available on the Safe Work website.

Vehicle safety campaign
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