Apply for a Programme of Work

The Mining Act 1978 requires that a Programme of Work (PoW) is lodged in the prescribed manner and approved by the Minister (or a prescribed official) prior to an explorer or prospector conducting any ground disturbing activities with mechanised equipment.

Programme of Work Spatial (PoW-S)

PoW-S was released in March 2017. Exploration and Prospecting proponents can now access relevant, site specific spatial data for their proposed activities which can be adjusted and optimised prior to lodgement.  The system also prompts the proponent for location-specific additional information, which otherwise would have been requested by an Environmental Officer during assessment. The overall result is faster application and assessment timeframes.

Users can either draw their proposed activities directly in the system or upload their activities using two spatial format options: ESRI shapefile or MapInfo TAB files.

Example files and a data dictionary are provided below and contain details on the conventions required for each activity type.

Example Shapefiles for PoW Spatial - 19 Kb

Example of format for shapefiles to be loaded into PoW Spatial

Example TAB Files for PoW Spatial - 12 Kb

Example of format for TAB files to be loaded into PoW Spatial

Spatial Upload Formats for PoW Spatial - 383 Kb

Information on the requirements for shapefiles lodged via PoW Spatial

Programme of Work Exploration (PoW-E)

PoW-S will replace the PoW Exploration (PoW-E) lodgement system in 2018.  Industry training in PoW-S lodgement and ongoing support is being offered by the department.  For further information please contact

Programme of Work Prospecting (PoW-P)

Prospecting applications can be lodged via PoW-S and are processed faster than those received as a PDF document. However, PoW-P applications and Prospecting Rehabilitation Reports can still be lodged in hardcopy format or attached as a PDF and submitted online via the button below. Read our guide for how to submit your PDF Prospecting applications and reports online.

Programme of Work - Prospecting (PoW-P) Application Form - 604 Kb

PoW-P application