Drillers licences

What is a driller’s licence?

A driller’s licence authorises a person to work as a driller for the construction of water bores.

It is an offence to construct a bore without a driller’s licence or in contravention of a driller’s licence.

Why is a driller’s licence required?

Poor drilling practices and poorly constructed bores can impact on groundwater by:

  • wastage and degradation through uncontrolled bore flow
  • contamination of aquifers.

The purpose of licensing drillers is to ensure they have the skills and knowledge required to protect groundwater from these impacts.


Our department is responsible for managing legislation and policies relevant to driller’s licences.

WaterNSW is responsible for managing driller’s licences, including issuing or canceling a driller’s licence, and requiring information to be provided about the construction of a bore.


The NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator is responsible for compliance and enforcement of NSW water law including driller’s licence requirements.

For information, go to Compliance.