Diving start-up notices and DSMS register

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Submitting a diving start-up notice

Following acceptance of a diving safety management system, any diving works planned to be conducted must be submitted in writing to the regulator.   

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When is a diving start-up notice required?

Under the WHS PAGEO regulations no diving is permitted on a diving project unless a start-up notice has been given to the regulator at least 14 days before diving is due to commence. (r.94(2))

Who is responsible for the submission?

The operator of the diving project must provide a start-up notice to the regulator. If there is no operator, the diving contractor must provide a start-up notice to the regulator.

What information is required?

A start-up notice is a written notice that must be completed and signed and dated by or for the person giving it and contain the following information: (r.94(1))

  • the name, address and telephone number of the diving contractor conducting the project
  • the name, address and telephone number of a person who can be contacted by the regulator at any time during the project
  • the date when the first diving operations that is part of the project is expected to begin
  • the expected duration of the project
  • the location of the project
  • the depth to which it is expected that divers will dive
  • the purpose of the diving project
  • the estimated number of people to take part in the project
  • the breathing mixture to be used
  • the title, document number and revision number of the applicable DSMS and DPP

A guide providing information to diving contractors on the preparation and lodgement requirements of diving start-up notices is currently being drafted and will be available shortly.

How to submit?

Once the start-up notice has been completed, signed and dated the form is submitted to the regulator via email to petreps@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

Register of accepted DSMS

In accordance with r.77, the regulator keeps a register of each DSMS and revised DSMS received 


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