Recognition of CoCs between Australia and New Zealand.

TTMRA provides mutual recognition between New Zealand and Australia of equivalent occupations. This means a person who is registered to practise an occupation in Australia is entitled to practise an equivalent occupation in New Zealand after notifying the local registration authority. For certificates of competence (CoC) this is the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (the Board). For more information please refer to the TTMRA users' guide(external link)

If you hold an Australian certificate of competence you can apply to Board for a New Zealand CoC under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997.

Those granted a CoC under the TTMRA are not required to demonstrate knowledge of New Zealand’s health and safety legislation as it applies to the extractives’ industry.

The Board expects that employers will ensure that applicants who are granted a TTMRA CoC have studied either:

  1. unit standard 7142: Demonstrate knowledge of the application of regulatory requirements to manage an extractive site; or
  2. unit standard 28742: Explain the health and safety legislation, and supporting documents applicable to an extractive site.

Study for either of these unit standards counts towards continuing professional development (CPD).

Holders of CoCs under the TTMRA are required to undertake CPD in order to keep their New Zealand CoC current.

Requirements

To apply for this certificate, you need to prove that you meet all of the requirements. In summary, you need to:

  • complete the application form which includes a statutory declaration;
  • provide a certified copy of your identification; and
  • provide a certified copy of your Australian equivalent CoC.

Cost

The application fee for this certificate is NZ$140.00. This includes goods and services tax (GST) however please be aware if you are paying using $AUD there may be bank charges.

These steps provide a basic overview of the documentation and qualifications required for a TTMRA CoC. 

1. Application form

The application form can be printed and sent via email or post:

PDF
Application for Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (PDF 130 KB)

2. Identification

Provide a certified copy of one of the following items to confirm your identity. The copy must be of a current (unexpired) document:

  1. New Zealand driver’s licence
  2. current refugee travel document used by or on behalf of the government of New Zealand
  3. New Zealand or overseas passport
  4. New Zealand firearms licence
  5. current certificate of identity
  6. New Zealand Police or New Zealand Defence Force photo identity card issued to non-civilian staff.

3. Australian equivalent CoC

Provide a certified copy of your equivalent Australian CoC and must be current (unexpired).

Certification of documents

You must provide a certified copy of all these documents. This means it is required to be certified by an authorised person such as a lawyer, Justice of the Peace, Court Registrar, or notary public.

  • Identification
  • Ministry of Justice criminal record check
  • First aid certificate
  • New Zealand Qualification Authority Record of Achievement
  • Statutory declaration.

4. Fees

The application fee for this certificate is NZ$140.00. This includes goods and services tax (GST), however please be aware if you are paying using $AUD there may be bank charges. There are two ways to pay your application fee:

a. Payment by direct credit

To ensure payment reaches the BoE Secretariat, complete the fields in the direct credit form as outlined below:

Account Name: WorkSafe NZ
Bank: Westpac Account: 03-0251-0040445-000
Particulars: Last name
Code: First name
Reference: Extractives CoC

b. Payment by cheque

Please make cheques payable to WorkSafe New Zealand and send to:

New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (BoE) Secretariat,
PO Box 165,
Wellington 6140

5. How to send your application

You can send your application form and supporting documentation through one of the following options:

a. Via email

Send scanned copies of your application and supporting documents to the BoE Secretariat.

b. Via courier/post

New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (BoE) Secretariat,
PO Box 165,
Wellington 6140

For your application to be considered complete, you must provide all required information and supporting documents. If your application is considered incomplete you will be given 10 working days to provide the requested information or documents. If you have not provided this within the 10 working days your application and supporting documents will be returned to you.

You will need to reapply for your CoC when you have the correct documents, ensuring your Ministry of Justice criminal record check is still dated within three months and first aid certificate is still current.

For more information, see our Incomplete applications policy [PDF, 47 KB].

As a holder of a CoC you must demonstrate that you have complied with the continuing professional development (CPD) requirements when renewing your CoC.

CPD requirements are prescribed by WorkSafe and the BoE renews all CoCs. 

To find out more, see our information about CPD and your requirements.

Contact us for more help

If you have any questions about Certificates of Competence, Continued Professional Development or anything else relating to the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners, please contact our Board Secretariat Team who are happy to help:

Phone: +64 4 901 4980 or

Email: BoE_Secretariat@worksafe.govt.nz