Driller's Licence - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to construct groundwater bores in the Australian Capital Territory that can be used:

  • To intercept or collect ground water
  • For the disposal of water or waste below the surface of the ground.

This licence is issued to ensure the groundwater environment is protected, as well as to ensure you have the relevant skills to undertake the task. This licence will allow you to conduct other bore work which includes:

  • Drilling, constructing, altering, plugging, backfilling or sealing off a bore
  • Removing, replacing, altering, slotting or repairing the casing, lining or screen of a bore
  • Deepening a bore (in the course of construction).

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Hold the required qualifications to drill for water
  • Lodge a completed application form
  • Be of a good character and nature with a clean environmental record for the purpose of the licence
  • Pay any fees.

If you hold of a current interstate licence equivalent to at least National Drillers Licence Class 1 standard, you can apply for this licence under mutual recognition arrangements. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


This licence is not transferable.


Up to 3 years.





Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.



Your application for renewing your licence must be made not later than 14 days before the end of the licence period.

Administering agency

Environment and Planning Directorate

Act(s) name

Water Resources Act 2007 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Water Resources Regulation 2007 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Enquiries, Water Regulation Unit
Environment and Planning Directorate
Environment and Planning Directorate
Environment Protection Authority

Operating address:
Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis St
Australian Capital Territory 2602


02 6207 1923


13 22 81

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