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Application for mutual recognition of an equivalent occupation in South Australia - mine and quarry managers

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Requirements for registration

There is a mutual reciprocity agreement between Australia and New Zealand, however this does not apply to other countries.

To be entitled to registration in South Australia under the mutual recognition regime a person must currently be registered in the state that issued the certificate.

Mutual recognition only applies if the state that issued the certificate still recognises the occupation (mine or quarry manager) to which the certificate relates.

A person applying for mutual recognition of an interstate mine or quarry manager's certificate must:

  • hold a 'full' certificate i.e. a first or second class mine or quarry manager's certificate, or
  • carry a restriction that is transferable, for example a quarry manager's certificate restricted to managing less than 25 persons, or restricted to sand mining operations.

If you hold a certificate restricted to a place name mine or quarry or a supervisory certificate, the certificate cannot be mutually recognised.

If you hold a mine or quarry manager's certificate from a country other than New Zealand, you should apply for a certificate through the normal processes by submitting an application for an underground mine and quarry manager's certificate.

If you are applying for mutual recognition for a particular mine or quarry manager position in South Australia you should also be aware of the current South Australian regulations in relation to the qualifications required for mine or quarry managers - refer to pages 4–5 and 12–17 of the Mines and Works Inspection Regulations 2013 (PDF 114 KB) Persons applying for mutual recognition of certificates are not required to undertake any examinations, including mining law examinations.

The South Australian Government's Mineral Resources Division is the relevant authority to grant registration in South Australia and all details are kept in the statutory Mutual Recognition Register of Mine and Quarry Managers. Registration will confer exactly the same rights in South Australia as the interstate certificate entitlement.

A letter confirming details of the applicant's registration will be issued if the application meets the requirements of the Mutual Recognition Act, together with a tax receipt for payment of the application. Certificates are not issued for mutual recognition.

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Application for mutual recognition

The following Mutual recognition application forms contain all that is required for mine and quarry managers to apply for mutual recognition of an equivalent occupation.

The download includes:

Fees (under schedule 3)

The fee for Mutual Recognition applications for registration under the Mutual Recognition (SA) Act 1993 is $99.80 (GST exempt).

You must ensure that your application is submitted in accordance with the Mutual Recognition (South Australia) Act 1993. Refer to the checklist to ensure all requirements are met.

Failure to submit all that is required will result in the application not being processed and/or returned.

Refer to pages 4–5 and 12–17 of the Mines and Works Inspection Regulations 2013 (PDF 114 KB) for information about qualifications for managers.


Under the Mutual Recognition (South Australia) Act 1993, enacted under the Commonwealth Mutual Recognition Act 1992, provision applies for persons who hold valid interstate mine or quarry manager's certificates to have their certificate recognised in South Australia.

For more information, contact:

Email any enquiries to: DEM.MiningRegRehab@sa.gov.au

Your query will be actioned as soon as possible by Mining Regulation staff.