Water bore driller's licence - Queensland


You will need this licence to undertake water bore activities, such as carry out drilling operations in artesian and subartesian 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

To be eligible for your licence, you must:

  • pass the relevant National Uniform Driller Licensing Committee examination
  • complete the examination on water legislation
  • pass the relevant Australian Drilling Industry Training Committee (ADITC) examination for the required class of licence and endorsements
  • demonstrate the necessary experience
  • undertake a mandatory on-site assessment.


New licences are issued for 10 years and may be renewed for 10 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $658.26

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Miscellaneous All -

Onsite evaluation fees (excluding GST):

  • class 1 - $1182.96
  • class 2 - $1727.80
  • class 3 - $2092.44.

Fees for 2023-24

Renew Application All $658.26

Reinstate licence. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $632.82

Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $195.04

Fees for 2023-24

Administering agency

Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water

Contact details

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