Licensing is a way of making sure people carrying on high risk activities have the training, systems, equipment and procedures to conduct them safely or to restore critical risk controls to a safe state.

Certain potentially hazardous activities in a coal operation require a licence and must not be carried out without one. This is a legal requirement under Part 9 of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014.

Activities that require a licence are set out in the following table. Applications must be made on the relevant form and submitted to cau@planning.nsw.gov.au

The application must attach evidence to demonstrate that all activities carried out under the licence will be:

  • supervised by a competent person
  • carried out by workers who have had training in safe working methods in relation to the activity and each of these workers will have completed a course of training specified by the regulator in relation to the activity or will have appropriate experience or training in the carrying out of the activity
  • carried out using procedures, equipment and facilities that are suitable for those activities.
Licensed activity Applicable mine type Application form Change of information form Current licences
Sampling or analysing airborne dust under Schedule 6 of WHS (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 Coal mine Interactive application form DOCX, 7064.65 KBInteractive form DOCX, 111.76 KB 
Sampling or analysing of diesel engine exhaust under clause 75 of WHS (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 Underground coal mine Application form
DOCX, 108.23 KB
Interactive form DOCX, 111.76 KBList of current licences
Overhauling or repairing activities that may affect the explosion-protection properties of explosion-protected diesel engine systems (ExDES)

Underground coal mine

Interactive application form DOCX, 5395.44 KB Interactive form DOCX, 111.76 KBList of current licences
Overhauling or repairing activities that may affect the explosion-protection properties of explosion-protected electrical plant

Underground coal mine

Interactive application form DOCX, 107.23 KBInteractive form DOCX, 111.76 KBList of current licences
Any repairing of flexible reeling, feeding or trailing cables for use in a hazardous zone Underground coal mine Interactive application form DOCX, 107.44 KB Interactive form DOCX, 111.76 KBList of current licences
Undertaking a polymeric process Underground coal mine

Interactive application form DOCX, 4005.32 KB

Interactive form DOCX, 111.76 KBList of current licences

Reporting non-compliance