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Licensed activities

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.

Application forms

Activities that require a licence are detailed below. 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
  • carried out by workers who have:
    • completed a course of training specified by the regulator in relation to the activity, or
    • appropriate experience or training in the carrying out of the activity
  • carried out using procedures, equipment and facilities that are suitable for those activities.

Application forms by licensed activity

Sampling or analysing airborne dust under Schedule 6 of WHS (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014

Applicable mine type: Coal
Application form (DOCX, 131.19 KB) | List of current licences (PDF, 24.85 KB)


Sampling or analysing of diesel engine exhaust under clause 75 of WHS (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014

Applicable mine type: Underground coal
Application form (DOCX, 110.58 KB) | List of current licences (PDF, 28.15 KB)


Overhauling or repairing activities that may affect the explosion-protection properties of explosion-protected diesel engine systems (ExDES)

Applicable mine type: Underground coal
Application form (DOCX, 120.84 KB) | List of current licences (PDF, 47.71 KB)


Overhauling or repairing activities that may affect the explosion-protection properties of explosion-protected electrical plant

Applicable mine type: Underground coal
Application form (DOCX, 131.19 KB) | List of current licences (PDF, 115.47 KB)


Any repairing of flexible reeling, feeding or trailing cables for use in a hazardous zone

Applicable mine type: Underground coal
Application form (DOCX, 109.43 KB) | List of current licences (PDF, 79.67 KB)


Undertaking a polymeric process

Applicable mine type: Underground coal
Application form (DOCX, 116.25 KB) | List of current licences (PDF, 95.41 KB)

Further resources

Change of information

This form is to be used to apply for a change of information that was previously given in an application for a licence under Part 9 of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014 (the Regulation).

Fact sheets

Reporting non-compliance

Schedule of fees

A fee may be applicable to your application. For further information see the Schedule of fees for authorisations page.