Are you interested in a career in the mining industry? Before you can start on-site there are a few things you need to know.

The minimum requirements to start work in the industry require you to have a:
Generic Induction Passport
Coal Board Medical

The Generic Induction Passport also known as GI Safety or Standard 11, is a course that must be completed in order to meet the health and safety obligations in the coal mining industry. This course must be completed and passport issued before an employee can enter a coal mine.

In June 2011 the GIQ Coal course was introduced as the new Generic Induction course. Unlike the original GI Safety course, you must be trade qualified to be eligible to attend this course. For those who are not industry specific trades people, you can still sit the GI Safety (Standard 11) however only an entry passport is issued. With this the participant is given a log book that must be completed and returned usually within 3 months exposure to a mine site. Depending on the position held, as well as a completed log book signed by a site supervisor, some positions also require evidence of each competency that is signed off. Once this is returned the individual will receive their Certificate of Attainment for the course. This must be refreshed upon expiry every 5 years.

Participants are assessed throughout the course against the following units of competency;


  • RIIOHS201A – Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures
  • RIIERR205A – Apply initial response First Aid
  • RIIGOV201A – Comply with site work processes/procedures
  • RIIRIS201A – Conduct local risk control
  • RIICOM201A – Communicate in the workplace
  • RIIERR302A – Respond to local emergencies and incidents

(Additional for underground)

As well as completing the General Induction Passport, you must also be signed off as fit to work on a mine site. This information is obtained through a series of tests conducted during a Coal Board Medical. Upon completion of the medical examination, recommendations will be given about aspects on your fitness for duty. This will include any steps that may be needed to improve your health or working practices, including any restrictions that may be necessary and when they will need to be reviewed again.

Tests conducted include, but are not limited to:

  • Vision Test
  • Hearing Test
  • Lung Function Test
  • Urine Test
  • Drug and Alcohol Test
  • Physical/Mobility Testing