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Critical Resources Sector Employees (CRSE)

This content was last updated on 16 April 2020.

The following positions are recognised as a statutory critical resources sector employee (CRSE) under the Border restrictions Direction (No. 5).

Required positionApplication
Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999
Site senior executive (SSE) All coal mines
Open cut examiner (OCE) Surface mines
Underground mine manager (UMM) Underground mines
Ventilation officer (VO) Underground mines
Explosion risk zone (ERZ) controller Underground mines
Mechanical engineering manager (MEM) Underground mines
Electrical engineering manager (EEM) Underground mines
Surface mines where electrical work is being carried out
Underground fire officer Requirement for emergency preparedness, underground mines
Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999
SSE Mineral mines and quarries
UMM Underground mines
Person to control electrical work Mineral mines and quarries where electrical work is being, or is proposed to be, undertaken
Person to control winding operations Applies only to winding operations where winder of at least 30kW capacity is used
Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004
Site safety manager Operating plant

Statutory position exemption letter

If your employee is recognised as a statutory critical resourced sector employee, please complete the CRSE statutory position exemption letter (DOCX 29 kB). This letter can be presented to border authorities when entering Queensland.

Application for Critical Resources Sector Employee Status

If your employee is not on the list of critical resources sector employees above, the operator of the mine or gas field may apply for a Critical resources sector employee exemption (DOCX 69 kB). Only applications from operators will be accepted. If you are a contractor or individual please contact the mine or field operator who will need to lodge the application on your behalf. The details of relevant employees (XLSX 12 kB) must be provided and attached to the application.

Read the guide for processing and preparing applications for more information.

The completed form must be emailed to and CC for assessment.

Last updated: 16 April 2020