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Recommended references

Candidate Surveyors should be aware that this list is not complete and is offered as a guide to legislation which affects mine surveying in New South Wales.

When completing projects for the Mining Surveyors' Assessment Procedures it is the Candidate Surveyors' responsibility to ensure that they are aware of all legislation affecting that project.

Acts and Regulations relating to surveying in NSW

Candidate Surveyors seeking registration as a surveyor permitted to carry out mining surveys in New South Wales should possess a sound knowledge of the following:

  • Surveying and Spatial Information Act 2002
  • Surveying and Spatial Information Regulation 2017
  • Mine Health and Safety Act 2004 and Regulations
  • Mine Safety (Cost Recovery) Act 2005 and Regulations
  • Mine Subsidence Compensation Act 1961 and Regulations
  • Mining Act 1992 and Regulations
  • Coal Acquisition Act 1981 and Regulations
  • Coal Industry Act 2001 and Regulations
  • Coal Mine Health and Safety Act 2002 and Regulations
  • Coal Ownership (Restitution) Act 1990
  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Regulations
  • Work Health and Safety (Mines) Act 2013 and Regulations
  • Survey and Drafting Directions for Mine Surveyors (NSW Coal) 2013
  • Survey and Drafting Directions for Mining Surveyors (Metalliferous and Extractive Industries) 2008

It would also be advisable to have knowledge of the appropriate clauses of the following:

  • Roads Act 1993
  • Public Works Act 1912
  • Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991
  • Petroleum (Offshore) Act 1982 and Regulations
  • Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 and Regulations
  • Pipelines Act 1967 and Regulations

Legislation can be viewed and downloaded from, a service provided by the NSW Parliamentary Counsels Office. Legislation can also be downloaded at the site of the Australian Legal Information Institute (AustLII), which provides free access to Australian legal materials.

Survey and drafting directions - Coal mines

The survey and drafting directions on the Department of Industry and Resources and Energy website are to be followed by all mining surveyors in all open cut and underground operations. Issued by the Surveyor General on the advice of the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information, they provide for the hardcopy and digital recording, storage and preparation of the Mine Workings Plan and Mine Record Tracing.

Reference publications

Publications of Spatial Services

For Spatial Services publications and other related information see the Spatial Services website.

Exam Preparation - Past Mining Exam Papers

Past Mining Exam Papers are available to view to prepare for the mining certificate of competence examination.

Publications of Minerals Resources

  • NSW Mine Safety Alerts
  • NSW Mining Design Guidelines
  • Safety Bulletins for the mining industry
  • Guidance Notes and Technical References
  • Environment policies, guidelines and forms
  • Titles policies and guidelines
  • Historical publications

Publications of Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping

Standards and Practices for Control Surveys – Special Publication 1 (SP1)

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