What is a high risk activity?

High risk activities have the significant potential for adverse safety outcomes if not planned and carried out in a systematic and integrated manner. Careful consideration must be given to the risks associated with the activity and the methods available to manage those risks.

The high risk activities scheme under the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 (the Regulation) allows the regulator to review the arrangements for the proposed activity to assess the planning and controls.

How much notice is needed?

A range of notice periods are in place for high risk activities and the relevant notice period for each type of activity is set out in Schedule 3 of the Regulation, along with information that must be provided as part of the notification.

Coal mine operators must ensure any notice given to the Regulator regarding a proposed high risk activity is also given, as soon as is reasonably practicable, to an industry safety and health representative and any site safety and health representative for the mine.  Penalties apply if this requirement is not met.

How do I notify a high risk activity?

To notify the regulator, log into the Regulator Portal and complete and submit the high risk activity notification form.

Should you require a user account for the portal or to add a mine you operate to your existing user account then please submit a request to add a PCBU or operator.

If you are unable to notify through the Regulator Portal, you can also complete the Notifying the Regulator of high risk activities form [DOCX, 153.3 KB] and submit by email.