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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.

From 1 September 2022, legislative changes for Work Health and Safety (Mines & Petroleum Sites) 2022 have been implemented.

The Regulations have been amended with changes to content and numbering, with provisions now referred to as sections, not clauses.

For more information refer to guidance provided on amendments.  

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 10 of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2022.

Application forms

Activities that require a licence are detailed below. Applications must be made on the relevant form and submitted to mca@regional.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 2022

Applicable mine type: Coal
Application form (DOCX, 109.75 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 2022

Applicable mine type: Underground coal
Application form (DOCX, 134.1 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, 143.8 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, 131.99 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 | List of current licences (PDF, 79.67 KB)


Undertaking a polymeric process

Applicable mine type: Underground coal
Application form (DOCX, 140.43 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 2022 (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 (PDF, 179.02 KB) page.