About the council

The NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) was established in 1998 following recommendations made in the Mine Safety Review and Gretley Inquiry to provide the Minister with advice on WHS issues of critical importance to the NSW Government. The council was strengthened in 2006 and has aimed to increase the emphasis on safety and health within the NSW mining and extractives industry by reviewing and analysing safety performance, setting strategic directions, providing advice, and developing policy recommendations.

The Minister refers matters to the council for its consideration and advice on ways to foster improved health and safety performance in the industry. These matters have included:

MSAC members are representatives of some of the most respected bodies in the mining industry. Read more about the current chairperson and members of the council.

Operation and strategy

MSAC has developed constitution [PDF, 334.24 KB] that guides its operation and includes its terms of reference. The council operates in an environment of trust and cooperation to address these issues and meets at least four times a year. Copies of all meeting minutes of the council are provided for industry and the general public.

The council's current strategy document, Strategic Plan to 2020: Working towards world-leading work health and safety in the NSW resources industry [PDF, 229.42 KB], explains the strategic direction and action priorities for MSAC until 2020. It built on Actions to 2017, developed in 2012.

MSAC will play an important role in observing, implementing and facilitating the strategic action areas for continuous improvement of the industry’s work health and safety performance. The council has identified six strategic action areas to work towards its goal of world-leading work health and safety. The strategic action areas are:

  • evidence-based regulatory approach
  • participate, engage and communicate with industry and community
  • focus on health and wellbeing
  • identify risks of fatal incidents and disease
  • address emerging trends
  • human and organisational factors

Working parties

MSAC has established the following groups to help deliver its priorities.

Health Management Advisory Committee

The Health Management Advisory Committee provides advice on the coordination of the regulation of health issues in the NSW mining and extractives industry. It is responsible for identifying and monitoring emerging health issues in the industry and proposing collaborative approaches to addressing contemporary health issues.