Water bore driller's licence - Queensland


You will require this licence if you intend to undertake water bore activities. You must hold a water bore driller's licence to carry out drilling operations in artesian and sub artesian aquifer systems.

Driller's licences are classified according to aquifer type and are endorsed with the drilling methods that may be used. This ensures the skills, knowledge and experience of a driller match the groundwater protection requirements. The classifications are:

  • Class 1: permits work in non-flowing (subartesian) single aquifer systems
  • Class 2: in addition to operating in Class 1 conditions, permits work in non-flowing (subartesian) multiple aquifer systems
  • Class 3: in addition to operating in Class 1 and 2 conditions, permits bore drilling in flowing aquifer systems.

The drilling method endorsements are for cable tool, auger, rotary air, rotary mud, non-drilling rig and sonic drilling. Water bore drillers must have the correct licence endorsements for the construction of new bores or any other work on an existing bore.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must provide evidence of that you have the necessary qualifications and experience set out in legislation.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $621.00

Fees for 2021-22

Apply Miscellaneous All -

Onsite evaluation fees (excluding GST):

  • Class 1 - $1,116.00
  • Class 2 - $1,630.00
  • Class 3 - $1,974.00
Fees for 2021-22
Renew Application All $621.00

Reinstate licence. Fees for 2021-22

Renew Renewal All $597.00

Fees for 2021-22

Vary Variation All $184.00

Fees for 2021-22

Other resources

Application process


Please contact your local authority if you would like to receive a water bore drillers licence kit, want a new or amended licence or want to renew an existing licence,


This licence cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Resources

Service Delivery

Water Services Support, Regional Support

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:

Principal Technical Officer (Drilling)

Water Services Support, Regional Support

Service Delivery

Department of Resources

Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Email: Drillers.Licensing@dnrme.qld.gov.au
Website: Department of Natural Resources and Mines contact list (Opens in new window)