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14 February 2019

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New design registration orders

Following a recent review, all design orders for mining-specific plant, requiring design registration under clause 177 of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulations 2014, have been updated.
Last Friday, the Registration of Design of Plant Used to Determine or Monitor the Presence of Gas Order 2019 was gazetted. It includes updated design, testing and performance requirements, bringing it into line with the latest Australian/New Zealand standards. It takes effect on 1 July 2019. All applications submitted prior to that date will continue to be assessed against the Registration of Design of Plant Used to Determine or Monitor the Presence of Gas Order 2015. 

All existing design registrations remain unchanged.
Three fact sheets focused on the registration process, what plant requires registration and the role of designers and design verifiers have been developed to inform applicants, designers and design verifiers.
Visit our website to view design orders, registrations and relevant fact sheets.
Design orders, registrations and factsheets
Changes to examination requirements

The pre-requisites to sit the examinations to obtain a certificate of competence in 2019 have changed. The NSW Resources and the NSW Mining and Petroleum Competence Board have amended the requirements as follows:
  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid certificate is no longer a pre-requisite for written or oral examinations; 
  • Only the prescribed units of competence for emergency preparedness and response are acceptable (or the units they superseded, or higher level);
  • All written examinations will be closed book;
  • In addition to the supervising manager, the Mining Engineering Manager or Quarry Manager at your mine (or another mine) can also sign off your practical experience in the application form, and 
  • The fee is now payable at the time of lodging the application form.
Visit our website for further details.
Guide and application form
Change of date

The briefing session for the Mining Engineering Manager (Underground mines other than coal) will now being held on 14 May in Dubbo.

Visit the 2019 examination calendar on our website for the latest updates. For further information email or call (02) 4063 6461.
2019 Examinations Calendar
TAP report

The Targeted Assessment Program (TAP) report on fatigue management practices summarises the findings and recommendations of targeted assessments undertaken throughout 2017 and 2018 at 15 open cut coal mines in NSW.
Targeted Assessment Program Report
Mining lease suspended

Aus Gold Mining Group Pty Ltd was issued a suspension notice on 4 February 2019 for mining lease 1322, known as the Good Friday Gold Mine, located approximately 26 kilometres south-west of Tibooburra.
Media Release
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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