The Resources Regulator is responsible for compliance and enforcement functions across NSW's mining and energy sectors.

The primary focus of the Regulator is compliance activities within the resources and energy sectors, including compliance with the Mining Act, and regulating safety and health performance in NSW mines.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the sole authority responsible for compliance and enforcement of all coal seam gas exploration and production activities with the exception of work health and safety issues. This is part of the implementation of the NSW Gas Plan and the recommendations of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor Mary O'Kane, in her Final Report of the Independent Review of Coal Seam Gas Activities in NSW.

Refer to the EPA website for all non-work, health and safety compliance and enforcement matters related to coal seam gas.

Regulatory objectives

The regulatory objectives of the Resources Regulator are:

  • To maximise a titleholder's compliance with legislation and policies governing coal, mineral, petroleum and coal seam gas activities
  • To provide for a healthy and safe work environment for mineworkers resulting in zero deaths and a reduction in serious injuries occurring in the workplace
  • To promote a culture of environmental protection and best practice environmental management in the exploration, mining and petroleum industries
  • To educate and provide guidance to industry and the community
  • To demonstrate consistency in the compliance and enforcement actions taken by the department
  • To promote transparency in the department's decision-making processes
  • To conduct thorough and timely investigations of potential non-compliances or alleged breaches of legislation, policies or approvals
  • To exercise enforcement action in a professional, transparent and effective manner
  • To encourage self-regulation and timely reporting of non-conformances to Government
  • To protect the interests of the State and the people of NSW.

The Resources Regulator’s direction and priority areas over the next three years are outlined in the Resources Regulator’s Strategic Approach 2017-2020. The focus of the Strategic Approach will help ensure we achieve our vision of a safe and responsible mining, extractive and petroleum industry. By focusing on business improvement through a unified and integrated regulatory approach; and leveraging off strong industry engagement and partnerships, we are confident that we can deliver on our mission of enabling and supporting industry to understand and fulfil its obligations.

Compliance requirements

The Resources Regulator administers, or has some regulatory responsibilities, under the following statutes and regulations:

  • Mining Act 1992
  • Mining Regulation 2016
  • Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991
  • Petroleum (Offshore) Act 1982
  • Work Health Safety Act 2011
  • Work Health Safety Regulation 2017
  • Work Health Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013
  • Work Health Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Regulation 2014
  • Explosive Act 2003
  • Explosives Regulation 2013
  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000
  • Radiation Control Act 1990
  • Radiation Control Regulation 2013

The Regulator promotes voluntary compliance by helping industry to better understand regulatory requirements and encouraging industry to act in a manner that minimises the need for government intervention.

For further information
NSW Resources Regulator
1300 814 609
PO Box 344 Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
516 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 Map