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.

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

Act(s) name

Water Act 1912 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

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

Administering agency


Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries


New South Wales
Operating address: Level 14
169 Macquarie Street
Parramatta, New South Wales 2150
Mailing address: PO BOX 1018
Dubbo, New South Wales 2830
Toll Free: 1800 061 069
Phone: 02 4774 4433
Email: customer.helpdesk@waternsw.com.au
Website: WaterNSW (Opens in new window)