Apply, renew or upgrade a water drilling licence

A water drilling licence is valid for five years in the Northern Territory (NT).

To apply for, renew, upgrade or transfer to a NT water drilling licence, read below.

You should also read the drilling licences new, renewals and upgrades fact sheet PDF (5.3 MB) and requirements and responsibilities fact sheet PDF (1.6 MB).

If you have a NT driller licence and want to operate outside of the NT, you will need a separate licence from that state or territory.

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To get a water bore drilling licence, you must have skills and knowledge that meet standards set by Water Resources. This is to make sure NT groundwater resources are protected.

To apply, you must follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the form

You must fill in drilling licence form:

Step 2. Attach photos and supporting documents

With the form, you must also attach:

  • two current passport photos
  • six statements of bore signed by you and your supervisor for the class and each endorsement that you're applying for

You must also make sure you have the right qualifications, skills and experience.

To support your application, you can supply referee reports and course certificates.

Read more about water drilling licences.

Step 3. Submit the form

You can submit the form with your photos and supporting documents at your local Water Resources office.

Step 4. Complete the exam

Once you submit the form, you must complete the Module A exam.

This exam is provided by the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security.

It's a competency based exam that looks at your understanding of the Water Act 2007 and Water Regulations 2008.

You must complete the exam within 30 days of receipt.

You must also pass with a mark of 80% or higher.

Assessment of application

Once you have completed the Module A exam, your application will be assessed by the department.

They will also advise you of the outcome of your application.

To renew your NT water bore drilling licence, you must apply at least one month before the expiry date of your licence.

You can do this by following the below steps:

Step 1. Fill in the drilling licence form:

Step 2. Attach two current passport photos.

Step 3. Submit the form and photos to your local Water Resources office.

To upgrade your water bore drilling licence, you must follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the form

You must fill in the drilling licence form:

Step 2. Attach photos and supporting documents

With the form, you must also attach:

  • two current passport photos
  • six statements of bore signed by you and your supervisor for the class and each endorsement that you're applying for

You must also make sure you have the right qualifications, skills and experience.

To support your application, you can supply referee reports and course certificates.

Read more about water drilling licences.

Step 3. Submit the form

You can submit the form with your photos and supporting documents at your local Water Resources office.

Step 4. Complete the exam

Complete the Module B exam for the upgraded class and/or endorsements you're seeking.

This exam is provided by the Australian Drilling Industry Training Committee.

When you pass the Module B exam, your application will be forwarded to the:

  • Drillers Qualification Advisory Committee and
  • the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security who will approve your licence.

The department may also contact you for more information about your application.

To apply for an interstate conversion, you must follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the form

You must fill in the interstate driller licence conversion form:

Step 2. Fill in and attach the exam

With the form, you must also fill in and attach the Module A Exam, which requires you to:

  • answer a series of questions
  • complete the statement of bore including a composite bore log for the example provided.

Exam Module A (form S49) DOCX (67.5 KB)

Exam Module A (form S49) PDF (186.2 KB).

Step 3. Attach photos

Attach two current passport photos with your form and exam.

Step 4. Submit the form, exam and photos

Submit the form by email to water.licensing@nt.gov.au with:

  • the Module A Exam including the statement of bore and composite bore log
  • your two passport photos.

Last updated: 13 October 2020

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