For updated information relating to the information on this page go to Commencing sinking, widening or deepening of a mine shaft using entry methods
On 31 March 2022, the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws replaced the health and safety elements of the Mines Safety and Inspection laws. For information visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/whs
Transitional arrangements may be in place for the compliance requirements on this page.
All health and safety notifications, forms and guidance for mining and petroleum has moved to the WorkSafe website
The information below has been left for historical compliance reference purposes
Shaft sinking applications must be submitted online using the Approvals sub-system in the Safety Regulation System (SRS)
Applications must use the approved pro forma
Who is responsible for the notification?
The registered manager is required to notify, and receive approval from, senior inspector of mines before:
- sinking any new shaft
- extending (deepening/stripping) any existing shaft
Refer to rr. 12.3, 12.4 and 12.5 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995.
The requirements for shaft sinking are mainly given in Parts 11 and 12 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995 and relevant Australian Standards.
Depending on the nature of the mining operation, only the relevant part(s) of the application need to be completed. However, the items must be addressed in sufficient detail for the application to be properly assessed.
Additional information may be requested after the application is lodged.
Lodging the application
Shaft sinking applications must be submitted online using the Approvals sub-system in the Safety Regulation System (SRS). Include all supporting documents.
The registered manager is required to notify, and receive approval from, the senior inspector of mines via SRS.
An SRS Company Administrator (CA) or Company Representative (CR) can enter information into SRS. The CA can assign the role of CR to any person(s) you nominate to liaise with the Department regarding the submission.
Further information is available at Safety Regulation System (SRS)
Who can I contact?
For SRS queries:
Phone: 1300 307 877
Contact an inspector of mines:
Phone: 1300 307 877