Notifying proposed exploration activities

For updated information relating to the information on this page go to Exploration operations commencement notice.

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

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



Exploration operation notification form - 209 Kb

This template is regarding the notification of proposed exploration activities. The form is read-only. Please save a copy to your computer, prior to completing and submission.

Who is responsible for the notification?

The exploration manager is required to notify the senior inspector of mines, for the region where exploration activities take place, about the:

  • location
  • scope
  • nature
  • general safety
  • date of activity

of work to be undertaken.

Refer to section 47(3) Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.

Refer to rr. 3.3 and 3.4 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995.

Find out your inspectorate area at Regional inspectorate boundaries for mining operations

Lodging the notification

The completed form and details of the schedule of works (if applicable) can be emailed using the ‘submit by email’ button at the bottom of the form. This will ensure the notification is forwarded to the correct inspectorate and create the subject heading the department requires.


For SRS related enquiries, please contact the SRS Manager
Phone: 1300 307 877

To contact an inspector of mines
Phone: 1300 307 877