Driller's Licence - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a business that provides groundwater drilling services. The type of drilling that you are authorised to undertake will depend on your licence class. There are six licence classes. Your licence will authorise you to use one or more of the following drilling methods:

  • Auger;
  • Jetting;
  • Cable tool;
  • Rotary air;
  • Rotary mud; or
  • Other methods.

Before commencing any groundwater drilling activities, you must ensure that the landholder has a current work approval authorising the drilling.

Exemptions may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Other resources

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Administering agency

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
NSW Office of Water

Act(s) name

Water Act 1912 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Water (Part 5 - Drillers' Licences) Regulation 1995 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Driller's Licensing
Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
NSW Office of Water

Mailing address:
PO BOX 3720
Parramatta, New South Wales 2124


1800 353 104

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