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19 August 2021
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COVID-19 advice to industry

We are continuing to provide information to industry on the evolving COVID-19 situation in NSW and its impact on mining operations. 

We understand that large mining operations in regional locations will face significant challenges in effectively managing a COVID-19 incident.

We recently provided updated information to mine operators regarding the current COVID-19 outbreak and the circumstances where mines have needed to enact their COVID-19 protocols.

This information is available here and further information about COVID-19 is available on our COVID-19 web page. Questions regarding compliance with the Public Health Orders should be directed to ServiceNSW (13 77 88) in the first instance.

COVID-19 web page

Submit your work health and safety reports - they are overdue

Is your annual work health and safety report overdue? If you have not already submitted your reports for the period 1 July 2020 through to 30 June 2021, you must do so immediately.

Reports should be immediately submitted via the Regulator Portal.

There are penalties for late or non-submission of work health and safety reports. In the case of an individual, penalty notices of $720 or court-imposed fines of up to $6,000 may apply, and in the case of a body corporate, penalty notices of $3,660 or court-imposed fines of up to $30,000 may apply.

Refer to our work health and safety reports web page and the guide for more information about reporting.

WH&S reports web page

Changes to applying for Quarry Manager Tier-2 practising certificates

There are changes in effect for those applying for Quarry Manager Tier-2 practising certificates through the Resources Regulator portal. 

  • New Tier-2 practising certificate: download the supporting information application form from our website, complete it and submit it through our portal with your required attachments for a "Conditioned to a specific site" certificate.
  • Vary or revoke conditions on an existing certificate: for adding or removing quarries where you can practise, apply for a "Reissue a certificate" under Certificate Enquiries on our portal. For other changes, email with details and any necessary supporting documents.

More information and resources refer to the "Guide to the quarry manager practising certificate for Tier-2 with conditions" and the "Fact sheet: Quarry Managers Practising Certificates three-tier approach" located on our website.

For more specific information contact us on 02 4063 6461 or

Practising certificates information

Narrabri Coal convicted and fined for mining offences 

Narrabri Coal Pty Ltd and Narrabri Coal Operations Pty Ltd were convicted and fined a total of $372,500 in the NSW Land and Environment Court on 13 August 2021, for a range of offences under the state’s mining laws. 

The convictions follow a prosecution by the NSW Resources Regulator concerning breaches including the construction of unauthorised tracks, failing to rehabilitate drill sites and the drilling of bore holes contrary to exploration activity approval conditions.

More information is available about the convictions and in our media release

Conviction information
Read our media release

Manage the risk of occupational lung disease 

Do you work with dusts, gases, fumes or vapours? 

Safe Work Australia has guidance material to help people who work in high-risk industries to manage the risks of exposure to hazardous workplace dusts, gases, fumes or vapours.

Resources are available on the Safe Work Australia website

Safe Work Australia
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