The NSW Resources Regulator produces regular reports on its activities in order to:

  • ensure a consistent and responsive regulatory approach
  • to provide increased transparency and confidence in its compliance and enforcement activities
  • promote voluntary compliance by industry

This approach is consistent with the NSW Government’s Quality Regulatory Services Initiative External link which promotes transparency and accountability in regulatory services and requires all regulators to regularly report on compliance activities.

Compliance priorities

Compliance Priorities reports, which set out our current priorities and focus areas, as well as the regulatory activities that will be undertaken to meet these identified areas of concern, are published for each upcoming period and can be accessed below:

State-wide compliance operation

The following report outlines the findings of a state-wide compliance operation conducted from 28 May to 1 June 2018 that focused on the NSW mining and petroleum sectors compliance obligations on issues ranging from work health and safety to mine site rehabilitation.

Compliance priorities outcomes  July - December 2017

Gas outburst

Following two longwall outburst events at a Colliery in late-2016 and again in early-2017, a targeted intervention program on gas outbursts was initiated in mid-2017.

Coal handling and preparation plants

A compliance inspection program of 46 coal handling facilities was undertaken in Mid-2017, focusing on structural integrity at coal handling and preparation plants (CHPPs).

Heat stress

Heat stress was identified as a significant risk and the regulator undertook a compliance inspection program targeting heat stress management plans at underground coal mines.

Lightning Ridge opal mining
Fires on mobile plant

Following a 2017 review of incident data that showed a consistently high number of fires occurring on mobile plant each month the regulator initiated a project to provide useful data to industry about fires on mobile plant; to review and update guidance material; and to prepare a long-term strategy with the aim of reducing the number of fires on mobile plant. This is an ongoing project.

A report, In-service fires on mobile plant, was presented at the Mechanical Engineering Safety Seminar in September 2017 that concluded that ‘there is a need to continue to improve the reliability of the fire protection characteristics of mining plant’.

A further outcome of this project was a commitment to publish quarterly data on fires on mobile plant.

Health control plan

From 1 February 2017 mine and petroleum site operators have an obligation to develop and implement a health control plan. The regulator undertook an awareness campaign on health control plans and developed new tools and guidance to assist operators in developing their plans.

Methods of working and control of bench heights

There have been a number of incidents at mines in which rocks have fallen from  blasted quarry faces and stockpiles onto loaders and excavators, resulting in damage to equipment and injury to machine operators. The regulator worked with industry to develop improved guidance for methods of working and control of bench heights. The guidance material will be published in July 2018.

Plant used in the hazardous zone

Following identification of a number of instances whereby electrical plant manufactured and supplied for use, and in use, at underground coal mines had not complied with the issued certificate of conformity the regulator conducted a workshop for industry participants to promote awareness and improve compliance.

Business activity reports

Annual activity report

Quarterly safety report

Business activity reports, which provide information on key regulatory activities carried out, are produced each month and can be accessed below:

Targeted assessment program reports

Compliance auditing

The NSW Resources Regulator undertakes a compliance audit program to assess the level of operator compliance with regulations. View the compliance audit program report:

For further information
NSW Resources Regulator
1300 814 609
PO Box 344 Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
516 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 Map