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31 July 2018
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NSW Resources Regulator’s new compliance priorities

The latest NSW Resources Regulator’s Compliance Priorities report follows on from the January to June 2018 report by outlining revised key priorities identified as areas of concern. These updated compliance priorities will be the Regulator’s focus from July to December 2018.
The compliance priorities, which inform compliance and enforcement activities, play an integral role in achieving the NSW Resources Regulator’s ongoing objectives which aim to:
  • ensure a safe, sustainable and innovative mining, extractive and petroleum industry in NSW
  • provide information and guidance about safety, environmental and other regulatory obligations to protect and support industry, workers, the community and the state
  • promote confidence in how the industry is regulated
  • make regulation transparent
  • engage with and educate both industry and the community about best practice
  • support industry to meet its regulatory obligations.
Compliance priorities for July to December 2018
Listed below are the new NSW Resources Regulator’s compliance priorities for July to December 2018:
  • Drill rigs – isolation of energy
  • Articulated truck roll-overs and falls from mobile plant
  • Ground and strata control
  • Surface coal vehicle interactions
  • Construction, operation and decommissioning of tailings dams
  • Operational Rehabilitation – Compliance & Reporting Reforms
By publishing the compliance priorities, the Regulator aims to provide transparency, increase community and industry confidence in the Regulator’s activities and improve the levels of voluntary compliance.

Further information
For more information, including an updated compliance activities calendar, download the NSW Resources Regulator’s Compliance Priorities July to December 2018. For information on compliance activities and programs, targeted assessment  programs and compliance auditing visit the Compliance activities and reports section of the NSW Resources Regulator website.
Download the Compliance Priorities July - Dec 2018 [PDF, 180KB]

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Operational rehabilitation – compliance and reporting reforms

The Resources Regulator calls on you as a member of the mining and resources industries to contribute to the update of upcoming reforms.

The implementation of best-practice mine site rehabilitation is critical to ensuring NSW has a sustainable minerals industry. To help achieve this, the Resources Regulator is making operational improvements to compliance and reporting requirements for rehabilitation.

Feedback is now invited on the draft consultation documents that form part of these reforms.

Feedback closes: 31 October 2018

Blasting explosives user licence (open cut coal mines)

Applicants for a blasting explosives user licence (mining class) reference for open cut coal mines can attend the written examination on Wednesday 5 September.

Further information on arrangements for the examination will be provided to candidates. General enquiries can be directed to the Mining Competence Team on 4063 6461 or

Applicants must complete and submit a fully completed BEUL reference application form available on the Regulator website by the closing date of Thursday 23 August 2018.
Click here to access the BEUL reference application form

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
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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