Minimum Construction Requirements for Water Bores in Australia

The third edition of Minimum Construction Requirements for Water Bore in Australia has been developed by the National Uniform Drillers Licensing Committee.

This book outlines the minimum requirements for constructing, maintaining, rehabilitating, and decommissioning water bores in Australia. It is used extensively by regulators and the drilling industry, and provides a consistent standard reference across Australia for the licensing of bores and drillers. The requirements focus on protecting groundwater resources from contamination deterioration, and uncontrolled flow associated with poorly constructed bores, and on the construction of bores to provide a good water supply.

Download here the Minimum Construction Requirements for Water Bores in Australia 3rd edition.pdf

National Uniform Drillers Licensing Committee

The National Uniform Drillers Licensing Committee (NUDLC) is a voluntary group which has representation from State Government departments, contractors, and relevant industry bodies. Its representation includes regulators and practitioners, and is a combined and co-operative industry/government view.  The role of the NUDLC is to assist in protecting groundwater resources from contamination, deterioration and uncontrolled flow associated with poorly constructed wells, protect the long term integrity of aquifers, provide standards for bore construction, and promote and regulate the competence of drillers.

The NUDLC provides information and technical advice on matters relevant to the management of and access to groundwater including:

  • Technical advice on drilling of water bores and consistency in bore construction to assist in protection of groundwater resources.
  • Strengthening driller licensing to assist in protection of groundwater resources.
  • Provision of policy advice on existing and required areas of policy development with regard to groundwater management.
  • Achievements of the NUDLC to date include:
  • The development and publication of national minimum bore construction specifications, most recently revised as Minimum Construction Requirements for Water Bores in Australia Edition 3,  February 2012.
  • Input to policy makers within the areas of our expertise.
  • Current work on development of National Driller Licensing System (draft) Agreement
  • Contribution to the development of national trade qualifications and national units of competence, to make the interface between qualifications and licensing as simple as possible.
  • Oversight of driller licence examinations
  • Development and maintenance of courses to assist waterwell drillers (and others) to use good well construction (and decommissioning) techniques: the Screens and Gravel Packing Course, Cement Grouting Course and Mud Techniques and Tests Courses

Chairman NUDLC: Virginia Hilliard
CEO ADITC Ltd
PO Box 742 Lane Cove NSW 2066 Australia
Phone: 02 9428 3444   Email: vhilliard@aditc.com.au

Secretary NUDLC: Mick Hoban
Hydrogeologist Water and Natural Resources | Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Level 10, 8 Nicholson St, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002
Phone: 03 9637 9002 Email: mick.hoban@depi.vic.gov.au