Driller's Licence - New South Wales


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
  • 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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $346.50
Vary Variation All $150.00


Other resources

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

Act(s) name

Water Act 1912 NSW

Regulation(s) name

Water (Part 5 - Drillers' Licences) Regulation 1995 NSW

Administering agency

Department of Industry

NSW Department of Primary Industries

NSW Office of Water

Contact details

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

Driller's Licensing

NSW Office of Water

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Department of Industry

Toll Free: 1800 353 104
Email: drillerslicence@water.nsw.gov.au