Coal Mining Industry – Scope – Detailed – Federal Awards



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Coal Mining Industry – Scope – Detailed – Federal Awards


The Coal Mining Industry (Production and Engineering) Consolidated Award 1997 [FED – AP774609] 2

Clause 3 Coverage of Award 2



The Coal Mining Industry Award (Deputies and Shotfirers), 2002 [FED – AP813783] 3

Clause 4 Incidence and Application 3

Clause 3 Definitions 3

Coal Mining Industry (Staff) Award, 2004 [FED – AP835164] 4

Clause 3 Coverage of Award 4

Clause 5 Definitions 4



The Coal Mining Industry (Production and Engineering) Consolidated Award 1997 [FED – AP774609]
Clause 3 Coverage of Award


    1. The award applies to persons engaged in work performed in the coal mining industry in the following States—




  • New South Wales;

  • Queensland; and

  • Tasmania.


3.2 The award binds—
3.2.1 The Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union and its members employed in any of the classes of work or classifications covered by its eligibility rules;
3.2.2 The Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union and its members employed in any of the classes of work or classifications covered by its eligibility rules;
3.2.3 The Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing & Allied Services Union of Australia and its members employed in the classes of work or classifications covered by its eligibility rules;

3.2.4 The employers listed in Schedule A of the award;

3.2.5 Any successor to the business of an employer listed in Schedule A of the award;

3.2.6 Any assignee or transmittee of the business of an employer listed in Schedule A of the award;

3.2.7 Any corporation which has acquired or taken over the business of an employer listed in Schedule A; and

3.2.8 Any member of an Association of Employers listed in Schedule A of the award.

The Coal Mining Industry Award (Deputies and Shotfirers), 2002 [FED – AP813783]
Clause 4 Incidence and Application

(a) This award comes into force on 15th February 2002 and will remain in force until further order of the Commission.


(b) This award shall be binding upon:
(i) the coal industry employers represented by the NSW Coal Association;

(ii) the Association, its officers and its members.


(c) This award applies in respect of all employees employed by the respondent employers under this award as deputies or shotfirers in the State of New South Wales.
Clause 3 Definitions

(p) ‘Deputies’ and ‘shotfirers’ means persons whose duties are prescribed by ‘The Coal Mines Regulation Act 1982 New South Wales’.

Coal Mining Industry (Staff) Award, 2004 [FED – AP835164]
Clause 3 Coverage of Award
This award binds:

3.1 The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA) and its members employed in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania in the coal mining industry.

3.2 The employers listed in Schedule A to this award in respect of members of APESMA employed by them.

3.3 Any successor to the business of an employer listed in Schedule A of the award.

3.4 Any assignee or transmittee of an employer listed in Schedule A of the award.

3.5 Any corporation which has acquired or taken over the business of an employer listed in Schedule A.
Clause 5 Definitions


5.2 Employment functions
5.2.1 Assistant undermanager (Qld only) means an employee, the holder of at least a second class mine manager’s certificate of competency under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999, Queensland, who is appointed to such position…
5.2.2 Production supervisor means an employee at an open-cut mine whose duties include operational planning, co-ordination, supervision and control of mining and overburden operations and personnel on all shifts worked at the mine.
5.2.3 Open-cut overseer (NSW & Tasmania only) means an employee appropriately qualified and certified performing general supervisory duties which may include the duties of an open-cut examiner under the Coal Mines Regulation Act, 1982, New South Wales.
5.2.4 Senior chemist means an employee, the holder of an appropriate qualification who is responsible for the co-ordination and control of the work on all shifts at a laboratory where at least one other chemist is employed.
5.2.5 Chemist means an employee who is the holder of an appropriate qualification and is required to carry out testing, analysis and verification of results and may be responsible for the supervision and work of laboratory technicians, laboratory assistants and/or samplers on shift.
5.2.6 Laboratory technician means an employee who has experience in laboratory techniques and who is required to carry out independent testing and analysis of coal samples according to company standards and who reports the results and may be responsible for the supervision and work for one or more Laboratory assistants and/or samplers on shift.
5.2.7 Quality control officer (grout) (NSW & Tasmania only) means an employee whose duties are to train workers in methods and processes required in the successful erection of grout chocks and/or stopping’s and/or to ensure all aspects of quality control in the erection of grout chocks and/or stopping’s.
5.2.8 Paymaster (Qld only) means an employee responsible at a mine or group of mines for the full payroll function for at least 300 employees.
5.2.9 Chief surveyor means an employee in charge of a group of mines where a mine surveyor is also employed.
5.2.10 Mine surveyor means an employee who is required by the management to certify the accuracy of mine plans, sections and tracings pursuant in New South Wales to the Coal Mines Regulation Act, 1982, New South Wales and in Queensland to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999, Queensland.
5.2.11 Surveyor (Qld only) means an employee holding a surveyor’s certificate of competency in accordance with the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999, Queensland appointed by management to use surveying instruments.
5.2.12 Assistant surveyor means an employee holding a surveyor’s certificate of competency appointed by the management to use surveying instruments.
5.2.13 Draftsperson (design) (Qld only) means an adult employee:
5.2.13(a) who has had at least four years experience as a draftsman (detail) or who has had training deemed by the employer to be equivalent thereto; and
5.2.13(b) who has received a certificate from a State Education Department or Technical Education Department appropriate to the work in which they are engaged or its equivalent; and
5.2.13(c) who is mainly engaged in the making of drawings or major designs relating to buildings or structures or machines or plant or other equipment, and who, in carrying out such work, is required to apply skill acquired pursuant to the provisions of 5.2.13(a) and 5.2.13(b);
5.2.13(d) notwithstanding the provisions of 5.2.13(a) and 5.2.13(b), an employer shall classify as a draftsman (design) an employee who for six months satisfactorily performs work which is of the same nature as required by 5.2.13(c) and which requires the application of a similar standard of trade and/or drafting experience which has been acquired by other means that as provided for in 5.2.13(a) and 5.2.13(b).
5.2.14 Draftsperson (detail) (Qld only) means an adult employee who has completed an appropriate apprenticeship or achieves an equivalent standard of trade knowledge and is employed on the making of detail drawings or sketches and/or other data requiring trade skill or knowledge.
5.2.15 Trainee means an employee being trained and educated technically to take a managerial position or a position as a surveyor, metallurgist, chemist, geologist, draftsman or a mining, mechanical or electrical engineer.
5.2.16 Deputy (NSW only) means a person whose duties are prescribed by the Coal Mines Regulation Act, 1982, New South Wales.




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