Mine subsidence certificates have been abolished in NSW.
From 30 September 2019, certificates of compliance for properties under Section 15 of the former Mine Subsidence Compensation Act 1961 are no longer available from Subsidence Advisory NSW.
Subsidence Advisory NSW’s records indicate the vast majority of developments in mine subsidence districts are approved structures. In the last ten years, only four claims for homes have been refused due to the structure being non-compliant. Due to the extremely low likelihood of a claim being made for a non-compliant property, the significant cost increase to adequately undertake compliance checks prior to issuing certificates was deemed unwarranted.
As a result, the certificates were not carried over to the Coal Mine Subsidence Compensation Act 2017. Property owners are afforded the following alternative protections under the Act:
- Subsidence Advisory NSW has discretion to pay a claim for subsidence damage to a contravening development in circumstances where the failure to obtain the relevant approvals was not the fault of the property owner or where exceptional circumstances exist.
- Under Section 23(a) of the Act, buyers have the right to withdraw from a contract of sale for a structure that does not comply with Subsidence Advisory NSW’s development requirements.
Prospective purchasers who wish to ascertain whether a structure is eligible for compensation can do so by obtaining confirmation of development approval through the vendor or council.