Driller's Licence - Australian Capital Territory


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

  • to intercept or collect groundwater
  • 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.

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
  • be of a good character and nature with a clean environmental record for the purpose of the licence.

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.


Up to 3 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $199.55

Fees for 2023-24


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Information for Drillers - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Water Resources Act 2007 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Water Resources Regulation 2007 Australian Capital Territory


Not transferable

Administering agency

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate


Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.