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1 August 2019
We facilitated a tailings management workshop earlier this year which brought industry, subject matter experts and regulators together to address knowledge gaps and share key learnings regarding tailings management. The video above captures workshop highlights, activities and interviews taken on the day.

Latest Investigation information releases

We issue investigation information releases (IIRs) on particular incidents such as fatalities or serious bodily injuries. Information releases are designed to draw attention to the occurrence of a serious incident in the mining industry and are issued at the preliminary stages of an investigation.

Please use the links below to view the latest IIRs:
Click here for the Investigation information releases archive

Proposed end dates for practising with certificate of competence

We are proposing to publish a gazette notice regarding end dates that people can practise in a WHS mines statutory function with a certificate of competence or qualifications.

The dates proposed from which people must hold a practising certificate are published on our website.

Further information on practising certificates and guidance can be obtained at the link provided below or emailing
View the practising certificate implementation timeline

Upcoming events and workshops


The Silica Roadshow 2019 for Tamworth that was originally scheduled for the 4th September has changed to the 10th September. If you have already registered or intend to register for the Tamworth event and require further information please direct your enquiries to SafeWork NSW:

Phone: 131 050
Click here to register

Workshop on Practising Certificates – Singleton 6 August & Gunnedah 7 August 2019

We will be holding two morning workshops (from 9am to noon) for people who hold a practising certificate or who want to obtain one. The workshops will cover:
  • How and when to apply for a practising certificate
  • How the maintenance of competence scheme works
  • What records and evidence you must keep for the learning you claim
  • How auditing will be carried out for holders
People who attend are encouraged to bring their application or records for maintenance of competence to discuss.

To register to attend, please use the link provided below. Unable to atttend? There are other workshops being held around NSW from September to November.
Please note: people applying for, or holding a, quarry manager with conditions practising certificate for a specific mine location (previously a production manager permit) should instead attend a small mines workshop. Dates and times will be announced shortly.
Click here for workshop event registrations

Registration time is running out!

Event dates: 14 - 15 August 2019

Now in its 29th year, the Mechanical Engineering Safety Seminar is a prestigious and respected seminar for mechanical engineers in the mining industry. Over 75% of tickets have been sold. With registrations closing COB on 5 August, time is running out! Don't miss out.

The two day seminar focuses on mechanical safety and health issues in mines and provides a means for collective communication, discussion and consultation of those issues between engineers and other key stakeholders.

Click here to view the 2019 seminar agenda.
Click here for event details and online registration

NSW Mining HSEC Conference and Awards Dinner 2019

We are looking forward to participating at the NSW Mining Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) Conference 2019. The annual conference brings together policy experts and leading decision makers to address issues and topics in the areas of health, safety, environment and community.

Regulator representatives will be manning a trade stand throughout the conference and we encourage attendees to use the opportunity to ask questions, discuss issues or share any learnings that could inform improvements in the industry.
Click here for further details and the event program

New Safety and Health Representatives training package available

We have developed a Safety and Health Representatives training package. It is aimed at electrical safety and health representatives at coal mines, as well as more broadly at mining sites across the mining industry.

To ensure training delivery is of the highest standard, only suitably qualified and experienced organisations or individuals will be approved to deliver the training course.

Apply to deliver the course by completing the application form available on our website.
Application form available here

Chair of Mining and Petroleum Competence Board reappointed

We are pleased to announce that Ruth Mackay has been reappointed as Chair of the Mining and Petroleum Competence Board for a period of three years. We look forward to her continued support and advice on competence issues concerning the health and safety of people in the NSW mining industry.

The Mining and Petroleum Competence Board meets quarterly to:
  • oversee the development of competence standards for persons exercising functions at a mine or petroleum site that may impact on the health and safety of any person
  • undertake initial and ongoing assessments of the competence of persons exercising any such function
  • advise the Minister on matters related to the competence required of persons to exercise any such function.
Click here for the media release

Have your say

The Explosives Act authorises SafeWork NSW to issue licences for the handling of explosives and precursors. The Act regulates the control and handling of explosives and explosive precursors in NSW. The Act is being reviewed to determine whether its policy objectives remain valid and its terms remain appropriate for securing those objectives. A discussion paper has been developed to assist you in providing feedback. The paper is located on the NSW Government’s Have Your Say website and on SafeWork NSW’s website. You can also request a copy of the discussion paper by calling SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50.

Comments must be received by 5pm, Friday 16 August 2019. Once the consultation period closes, all feedback will be considered. A report on the Act will be submitted to the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation. The Report will then be tabled in each House of Parliament before 29 October 2019.
Click here to 'have your say'
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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