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COVID-19, Resource Regulator update

The COVID-19 situation as it relates to the NSW mining and petroleum industry

We have implemented a response plan to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This plan is consistent with the advice from NSW Health and the broader NSW government approach and takes into account the specific considerations which reflect our operational model.

Important information regarding our regulatory activities, advice to industry and your obligations is available at the link below:
Update: COVID-19 situation

Changes to Certificate of competence briefing sessions and exams

Due to restrictions imposed on account of COVID-19 we have made necessary changes to the scheduled dates and delivery of the 2020 Certificate of competence (CoC) briefing sessions and exams. Key changes are outlined below.
Briefing sessions :
  • Future sessions scheduled for 2020 will use the online video and audio conferencing application 'Zoom' ( in place of face to face sessions
  • Instructions will be sent directly to registrants (register via Eventbrite).
Oral exams:
  • All oral exams have been postponed until further notice
  • Closing dates will remain as scheduled
  • Applications will be processed as normal
  • Application fees and/or examination fees remain payable on application/by the dates advised in the invitation letter
  • Candidates will be contacted with further details regarding their exams as soon as a suitable alternative has been established.
Written exams:
  • The written exams remain scheduled but will be reviewed given the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation
  • All registered candidates will be informed if this changes.
 Click below for further information and to view the updated 2020 exam schedule.
Certificate of competence briefing sessions and exams

Public consultation forum... going online!

Due to the latest health advice, recommendations and restrictions as a result of COVID-19 we have moved our final public consultation forum for the WHS (Mine and Petroleum Sites) Laws review, online.
If you were unable to make it to your preferred face-to-face session, or would like to join us for the final public forum, we are pleased to advise you can now register to attend our webinar on Tuesday 7 April 2020, 9:30am – 11:30am.  Once registered, you will receive an email with a link to join the webinar. Further information
For access to the discussion paper, and further information about the review, and how to join/participate in an online Zoom webinar, please visit the links below:
Download the public discussion paper
Further information about the review
How to join a Zoom webinar
How to participate in our Zoom webinar

Update: 2020 Tailings management forum

In response to the current COVID-19 situation the 2020 Tailings management forum, which was scheduled for 3 June 2020 is being reviewed. Updates on this event will be published as soon as possible via our website and Mine Safety News.

Business Activities Overview... now available

This Business Activities Overview shows our key compliance and enforcement activities undertaken in 2019 across NSW’s mining and petroleum sectors. It profiles regulatory activities we performed under work, health and safety and Mining Act legislation.
Download our latest Business activities overview
Business activity report January 2020

Activities at a glance

We continually seek to improve the presentation and delivery of information regarding our key compliance and enforcement activities.

The new 'Activities at a glance’ section in our Business activities report for January 2020 is an example of our ongoing objective to provide information more effectively.
Download our Business activity report (January 2020)

Gazette notice: Ancillary Reports - Fire related to mobile plant 2020

The recently published Ancillary Reports – Fire related to mobile plant 2020 gazette notice specifies details regarding the provision of an ancillary report to the regulator in respect of incidents that relate to fires on mobile plant.

Ancillary reports are a separate and additional requirement to the initial notification of an incident to the regulator. Ancillary reports must be completed and submitted to the regulator no later than 30 days after the incident was required to be notified to the regulator.

This notice commenced on 11 March 2020 and has effect until revoked.
Gazette notice: Ancillary Reports - Fire related to mobile plant 2020
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Mine Safety News online archive... now available!

We have recently created an online archive to provide access to previous editions of our Mine Safety News publication.
Visit the Mine Safety News online archive

Release 14 open for public comment

Safe Work Australia is evaluating the Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants to ensure they are based on the highest quality, contemporary evidence and supported by a rigorous scientific approach.

We would like your feedback on the draft evaluation reports and recommendations. In particular comments of a technical nature are sought about:
  • the toxicological information and data that the recommended workplace exposure standard is based upon, and
  • the measurement and analysis information provided.
For more information on other chemicals and their release dates, please see the release schedule.

Comments are open from Friday 13 March 2020 and will close on 10 April 2020.
Click here for further information and to provide your comments
Further information:
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