Learning from experience, preventing devastating reoccurrences and improving the health and safety of all those working in the mining industry is a profound way to acknowledge and recognise all those affected by mining incidents throughout history.

An interactive timeline of NSW mining disasters from the late 1800s has been developed to communicate lessons from past disasters and conserve knowledge within the NSW Resources Regulator and the mining industry. The timeline links to further information on a selection of these disasters, including reports of Royal Commissions and other inquiries, newspaper and journal articles, photographs and links to websites.

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Training package

We have developed a Learning from disasters training package consisting of three programs to ensure mine workers learn from past mining disasters. These programs incorporate the findings from investigations and independent reviews of mining incidents that involved fatalities and serious injury, or where the circumstances presented a significant risk of injury or death to workers or the wider community.

    Program 1 is targeted to entrants to the mining industry and/or people requiring work health and safety refresher training across all forms of mining.

    This program is available for mining industry stakeholders to deliver either in-house by suitably qualified staff or by using the services of a registered training organisation (RTO).

    Facilitator's guide [PDF, 2487.3 KB]

    Program 1 - Learning from disasters (presentation) [PPTX, 8409.6 KB]

    Program 2 is targeted to quarry managers with specified mine restrictions working in the metalliferous and extractives industries.

    This program is available for mining industry stakeholders to deliver either in-house by suitably qualified staff or by using the services of a registered training organisation (RTO).

    Facilitator's guide [PDF, 2754.43 KB]

    Program 2 - Learning from disasters (presentation) [PPTX, 9012.44 KB]

    Program three is targeted to practising certificate holders for any class of mine to satisfy their maintenance of competence requirement (excluding holders restricted to a specific mine site).  (Note: Practising certificate holders may also choose to undertake seven hours of other formal learning on disasters to satisfy their maintenance of competence requirement.)

    We are administering a process to approve suitably qualified and experienced organisations or individuals to deliver the course.

    Successful applicants will be required to enter into a deed with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment that contains terms and conditions of approval to deliver the course. See below for more information: