Construction excavation notification

Complete this online form to notify WorkSafe at least three days before starting construction excavation work.

Notify WorkSafe


What you'll need

  • details about the employer or self-employed person completing the excavation
  • details about the supervisor, including training and experience in trenching and excavation
  • details of the excavation location and type
  • details about risk control measures

Excavations exempt from notification

Notification is not required if the excavation is made as part of building work for which a building permit has been issued and is in force under the Building Act 1993.

Further information is available in the excavation compliance code 2018 or by contacting WorkSafe's advisory service.

WorkSafe Advisory Service

WorkSafe's advisory service is available between 7:30am and 6:30pm Monday to Friday. If you need more support, you can also contact WorkSafe using the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) or the National Relay Service.

1800 136 089 More contact options