The Petroleum operations – competencies for operational roles guideline identifies mandatory competencies for statutory functions and recommends minimum competencies for people work in petroleum operations roles when they are operating:

  • a petroleum drilling rig, undertaking:
    • conventional petroleum drilling, or
    • unconventional petroleum drilling, such as coal seam gas, tight gas or shale gas
  • a well servicing rig.

Operational activities for the exploration and production of onshore petroleum must be undertaken by people with appropriate competencies, including skills, knowledge and experience, to ensure that risks to the environment and the health and safety of workers and the public are managed.

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013 set clear duties for ensuring people are competent to undertake work safely and manage risks.