What Is A Coal Board Medical? | iMINCO

What Is A Coal Board Medical?


The Coal Board Medical is a medical assessment as required by the Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme. Every coal mining company must ensure that a health assessment is carried out for each person who is to be offered employment, or is already employed, as a coal mine worker.

The assessment is performed by Nominated Medical Advisers in accordance with a departmental medical assessment form. These doctors can also be nominated by a mining company or employer.

The coal board medical assessment must be carried out before the person is employed as a coal mine worker and periodically thereafter.  However, a complete assessment must be performed at least once every five years while still employed as a coal mine worker.

Contrary to the purpose of Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme, (to track the health of existing workers) many employers and employment agencies are insisting that prospective employees obtain medicals prior to employment.

Interim Medical Assessment

To help with this issue, the Health Surveillance Unit has created an interim medical assessment report form that can be used by doctors when assessing personnel who are not yet in the industry.

This report can then be used to indicate the level of fitness required to gain employment as a  coal mine worker; however, it does not replace an actual Coal Board Medical.

What is the basic process of undertaking a Coal Board Medical examination?

According to one medical clinic that completes Coal Board Medical Forms, you should expect to set aside 1 hour to complete the examination. This is just an estimate and could be more or less time.

The Coal Board Medical Form has 4 sections:

Section 1 – Employer to complete

It asks basic questions about the condition in which you could be expected to work.

Answers here will be "Yes"or "No" and include such questions as:

  • Is the coal mine worker at risk from dust exposure (X-ray needed)?
  • Is the worker at risk from occupational noise?
  • Are there hazardous duties requiring a specific fitness assessment?

 Section 2 – Coal Mine Worker to complete

Along with wanting to know when previous vaccinations and blood tests were administered, this section asks about your health related history. As in Section 1, nothing too complicated here. Just tick the boxes corresponding to your answers which will be either "Yes"or "No".

You’ll be asked questions like:

  • Have you ever had an illness or operation that has prevented you from undertaking your normal duties for more than two weeks?
  • Do you currently smoke, or have you ever smoked?
  • Have you had chest pain, angina or tightness in chest?
  • Do you suffer from blackouts, fits or epilepsy?
  • Have you had back or neck pain which has prevented you from undertaking full duties?

You’ll also be asked about your employment history. All that’s needed here is years worked, job title, and employer.

At completion of Section 2 there is a Coal Mine Worker’s Declaration (to be witnessed by Examining Medical Officer).

You sign to agree the information you have supplied is true. The Doctor signs as a witness.

 Section 3 – Clinical Findings – Examining Medical Officer to complete

The doctor will examine the following:

  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory system
  • Musculo-skeletal system
  • Urinalysis and Blood Sugar
  • Abdomen
  • Skin

Toward the end of Section 3 the doctor answers two important questions:

  1. Is the worker's fitness for duty likely to be affected by any of the following?
  2. Is there any reason why the worker may not be fit for duty in relation to coal mine work?

In case you’re worried, some condition may affect your opportunity of employment, these questions are actually good news. It's a chance for the doctor to say "Yes" this person has a certain condition; however, this condition(s) is unlikely to affect his or her ability to perform their duties.

Approved Form - Section 4 – Health Assessment Report

Section 4 more or less the "Office Use Only" section of the form. It answers one important question. Are you fit for work or not?

There is an area provided where you can be determined fit for work but with certain restrictions. What these might be and the limitations that could be set is anyone’s guess.

This report is forwarded to your employer.

Undergoing a Coal Board Medical will prove to employers you are fit to work and you are willing to invest your own money

You should get a Coal Board Medical if:

  • You want to improve your application when applying for mining jobs.
  • You have received an offer of employment from a mining company.
  • You have a disability that might affect your ability to get a job in the mines.

Coal Board Medicals usually cost between $290 and $395 and sometimes include a drug and alcohol screen.


IMPORTANT: A standard medical can include:

  • Top-to-toe examination by a Doctor.
  • Hearing test (Audiometry).
  • Lung Function test (Spirometry).
  • Urine test for blood, protein, etc, (this is NOT a drug screen).

The standard medical DOES NOT include:

  • Extra examination items for Mines Rescue role.
  • Blood tests.
  • Occupational Vaccinations.
  • Drug and alcohol screen.
  • Chest X-ray.

Pricing for extra examinations that may not be included in the coal board medical

As a guide, here is an overview of what you could expect to pay for additional tests.

  • Drug & Alcohol  - $100 (prices may vary - depending on which state you are taking the D&A test)
  • Section 4 - $95 (for anyone that has a job to go to or a company booking. Prices may vary - depending on which state you undertaking your medical)
  • X-ray - $100 (prices may vary - depending on which state you are taking the X-ray)

Please Note: Prices may vary - depending on which state (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria,  South Australia and Tasmania) you undertaking your medical. iMINCO does not arrange Coal Board Medicals, the information provided is purely for educational purposes.iMINCO Mining Jobs Information

As iMINCO is an information provider and not an RTO, we utilise the extensive training and industry experience of Industry Pathways (NPN:32513), who are a leading provider of mining training.

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  1. Ben March 16, 2015 Reply

    I currently have a CBM which was completed may 2012, I have applied for jobs in the bowen basin, but am getting told my medical is out of date they want a maximum of 24 mths old?
    I have been told to get another medical done, I returned to where I got my last one done and completed another medical and passed with no problems but the section 4 of the medical has not been signed off.. because the don’t have a doctor at the location and they told me to send it to a board certified doctor to sign off.. so my question is where do I send it to? any help would be greatly appreciated… I live on the gold coast..

  2. Kenny December 5, 2014 Reply

    Good morning,

    What are the prices for coal board medical.

    • John December 8, 2014

      Hi Kenny,

      The medical prices vary, depending on which part of Australia you are in. I’d suggest Googling ‘coal board medical sydney”, or “coal board medical Bendigo” as an example.

      Of course you have to put in your own location :)

      Some medicals also cover x-rays (usually charged extra). You may also need a drug and alcohol test too, mining companies are getting pretty hot on these sort of things now.

      Hope that helps?

      r.e. What is the price of a coal board medical?
      iMINCO Mining Information

  3. Ben shipway August 18, 2012 Reply

    Is there anywhere in Adelaide I can do my coal board medical

    • Author
      John August 21, 2012

      Hi Ben
      Yes, you can do your Coal Board Medical in Adelaide. Call Industry Pathways on (07)5562 2212. They’ll arrange this for you with a registered Coal Board Medical practitioner in Adelaide. You can also read about Coal Board Medicals on our website.

      iMINCO Mining Information
      r.e. Can i get a Coal Board Medical in Adelaide?

  4. Matt August 9, 2012 Reply

    Would a tear in the lateral meniscus of the knee, which is being repaired (full range of motion), cause to fail a coaL board medical and prevent getting a job in the mining industry. Please reply with answer, or contact details of someone it can be discussed with.

    • Pete August 9, 2012

      Hi Matt
      I can’t really answer that one mate, it all depends on the severity of the damage to your knee and cartlage and how you currently get around. Best to call your local doctor, they’ll be better qualified to give you an answer.
      Sorry I can’t be more helpful Matt.

      iMINCO Mining Information
      r.e. Mining jobs with a torn cartlage

  5. Kenny March 7, 2012 Reply

    I want to be a dump truck driver and 57 years old.
    Shall I first have a Coal Board Medical before the training to save the cost and time ?

    • pete March 7, 2012

      Hi Kenny
      It would be best to have a coal board medical first to ensure you meet the requirements. You can book using the form above and get in to a doctor near you. Once you have passed let us know and we will see how we can assist you further.
      Thanks Pete iMINCO

  6. Aaron Rose August 14, 2011 Reply

    Hi i am currently workin offshore drilling and am looking for land baised positions in mechanical i have had a brain tumor resected in 2009 i am currently on anti seizure medications i don’t have and neurological problems but have had 2 seizures due to the trauma as long as my medication is up to spec i am cleared to work anywhere will this be a problem

  7. Julie June 10, 2011 Reply

    Would asthma stop someone passing a coal board medical?

    Ta Julie

  8. Mark June 7, 2011 Reply


    I will be having my coal board medical done shortly.
    And to settle a few nerves could someone tell me what is ivolved in them?

  9. Kath June 2, 2011 Reply


    I’m requiring a Coalboard Medical and live in Adelaide. Could you advise me of the NMA for the Adelaide area please.

  10. Melissa May 31, 2011 Reply

    If im wanting to get into the mines, the first thing id have to do is get my coal board medical?

  11. Josie May 24, 2011 Reply


    I have spoken to the assistant at a medical center that does coal board medicals.I contacted them to see what kind of movement is required as i have had a bad injury with my knee and it only bends 90 degrease. They said i must be able to squat down to the ground and stand up.Do you know if this is true as i thought each job would have different medical requirements as i can get in a truck and drive easy enough.


  12. peter May 24, 2011 Reply


    i am scheduled near future for the coal board medical.

    i have permanent single sided deafness(that is one ear deaf). hearing in other ear is excellent

    will this disability prevent me from passing.

  13. tom May 17, 2011 Reply

    hi i live in wagga, nsw and looking to get a coal board medical. can you give me the nearest practioner please? ta

  14. Glenn May 2, 2011 Reply

    Should a medical be done prior to obtaining a position to increase chances of employment?
    Is there a GP in Toowoomba who can do these?

  15. Poutu McGregor April 30, 2011 Reply

    Hello, I am over in WA working in a Gold Mine driving Dump Trucks – been there 9 months. Also have experinece on Moxys, Water Cart & Roller. Trying to get employment in Qld in the same field as above. Went to Qld late last year and obtain the Generic Induction Coal Core Tickets but want to know if I can obtain a Coal Board Medical here in WA. Also have my bus licence & Forklift ticket.
    Poutu McGregor

  16. Beau April 27, 2011 Reply

    Hi there,
    If I am 5″6′ and weigh over 120kg will I fail the medical examination?

    • Pete - iMINCO April 30, 2011

      Hi Beau

      I am not able to answer that. It is worked out by measuring your BMI. Maybe call the reception area of the nominated medical advisor who is going to do your coal board medical and they may be able to help.
      RE: coal board medical information

  17. Kyle morton April 13, 2011 Reply

    I have a colour deficiency and have a few interviews for undergroud electrical jobs, i have good enough colour vision to pass the electrical standard. Just want to know if you need “perfect” colour vision to work underground?

    • Pete - iMINCO April 13, 2011

      HI Kyle
      The Coal Board Medical contains a basic colour test. But you need to remember the light underground is very different because you are working with a headlamp. I would purchase a headlamp and test yourself to see if you are able to distinguish between the coloured wires….I’d hate to see you make a mistake down there.
      Pete iMINCO
      re: Coal Board Medical eye test

    • Kyle morton April 13, 2011

      Thanks for that, yeah i fail the basic test and usually have to do some more testing. Hopeully it will turn out fine.

  18. John March 30, 2011 Reply

    Just wondering if there is anywhere I can do a coal board medical in Victoria. Please send details if available.


  19. Lex March 24, 2011 Reply

    Coal Board Medicals in Victoria

  20. Matt March 15, 2011 Reply

    I’ve heard that there is a weight limit of 120kg being introduced for new UG Coal employees.
    Is this correct?

  21. Steve February 22, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for your information on Coal Board Medicals.
    Is your list definitive or is there perhaps someonr in Toowoomba who could do this?
    Thanks for your assistance.

  22. Dave February 12, 2011 Reply


    Just after a Coal Board Medical contact for anywhere in NSW. Willing to travel to Qld to get it done if necessary but would like to rule out NSW first.



  23. Kevin Gillam January 25, 2011 Reply

    Hello, We need to get Coal Board Medicals done in Melbourne and Sydney. Can you advise if this is possible and if so, who should I approach?
    Many thanks,

  24. Owen January 18, 2011 Reply

    Anything further on a list of NSW doctors for the Coal Board Medical.

    • Pete - iMINCO January 18, 2011

      Hi Owen
      I have been in talks with a few different NMA’s to see if we can organise a day in NSW each month for coal board medicals. I will keep you informed.
      Pete iMINCO

    • Marie June 19, 2011

      Hi Pete iMINCO – This answer I do not understand as the website clearly states that there are coal board medicals available in Maitland, NSW.

  25. adam January 17, 2011 Reply

    hello i need to know where i can get black coal medical in Melbourne wheres the closet one? pref around frankston area


    • Pete - iMINCO January 18, 2011

      Hi Adam
      I have also been in talks with the NMA’s to see if we can organise a day a month for coal board medicals in Victoria.
      Pete iMINCO

  26. Damien January 14, 2011 Reply

    Does the army annual health assement meet the requirements or does it have to be done by the selected doctors

    • Pete - iMINCO January 14, 2011

      Hi Damien
      The coal board medical does need to be undertaken by a Nominated Medical Advisor. I will soon have a list of NMA’s in NSW and other states on the website.
      Thanks Pete iMINCO

  27. Alan January 10, 2011 Reply

    Hi, I need to get staff in Sydney and Melbourne into Coal Board medicals for a job in Qld. Can you send me a list of providers in those places?

  28. Chris January 7, 2011 Reply

    Hi, I was wondering if having epilepsy will affect me passing a coal board medical. ( I have been seizure free since commencing treatment.)

    • Pete - iMINCO January 8, 2011

      HI Chris
      If it doesn’t affect your ability to work safely then there shouldn’t be a problem. I would ring one of the coal board medical doctors to double check before you book a coal board medical appointment

  29. BRETT.PATTRICK December 17, 2010 Reply


    • Pete - iMINCO December 18, 2010

      Hi Brett
      I am not aware of any restrictions on this. As long as it doesn’t affect your performance at work it should be OK. Double check with the coal board doctor prior to your medical to be sure.

  30. tony graham October 28, 2010 Reply

    hi i live in cairns nq i would like to know nearest place to get coal board medical

    • Pete - iMINCO November 3, 2010

      Hi Tony,

      You can now click on the link “please see this list of nominated medical advisers” , above, for a list of doctors in all areas of Queensland who can perform the medical for you.


  31. David Ward October 21, 2010 Reply

    can I get a Queensland coal board medical done in Adelaide and if so where ?

    • Pete - iMINCO October 21, 2010

      Hi David

      I have only just started talking with NMA doctors about coal board medicals in Adelaide. There are not many who do this but i will be able to shoot you the contact details by email.

  32. Robert Wilson October 18, 2010 Reply

    thanks for the post

  33. nick October 9, 2010 Reply

    i may need to find a gp who can conduct a coal board medical as i work in sydney and would be great if you can provide the names and addresses of these so i can attain that medical and then get into the mines.

  34. Mary Hopson October 6, 2010 Reply

    can you please advise me of a GP in North Ryde, Crows Nest or elsewhere in Sydney who can provide a Coal Board Medical for one of our staff members?

  35. Linda September 28, 2010 Reply

    will being a diabetic preclude one from passing coal board medical (excellent bgl control

    • Britie June 20, 2011

      Hi Linda
      Have you passed your coal board medical, i have had a few problems on some applications nice to know how you went

  36. KARIMA September 28, 2010 Reply


  37. Dave McKenna September 8, 2010 Reply

    What are the required forms for a Coal Board Medical and can they be downloaded .

    • JamesQuaglino September 22, 2010

      need to no if i can go to my GP to get my coal board med. and if i can down load forms to bring to my GP

  38. Chad September 8, 2010 Reply

    Im looking to start work in QLD Mines in the next few months, but need to get a medical done beofre this can start.

    I am in Sydney, buttravel to the Gold Coast regualrly, or can get to Brisbane.

    Is there somewhere local to any of these locations that I can have a medical done?

    • Pete - iMINCO September 8, 2010

      Hi Chad

      I have just added a list of Doctors in Qld for the coal board. Hopefully you can get an appointment when you next come up.

  39. John September 5, 2010 Reply

    Hi, i wish to obtain a coal board medical for myself,could you please tell me if there is there a GP or medical center in or near byron bay NSW that is able to provide me with a coal board medical?

    thanks John

    • Pete - iMINCO September 8, 2010

      Hi John

      The nearest Coal Board would be in Nerang Qld…just over the boarder from where you are


  40. Dean September 2, 2010 Reply

    can you please tell me closest location to me for the sunshine coast

    • Pete - iMINCO September 8, 2010

      Hi Dean

      The nearest coal board medical would be in Brisbane. Click the link above to see a list of doctors who do the coal board medicals in Brisbane

  41. bret warner August 27, 2010 Reply

    hi, could you tell me a doctor on the gols coast, that does coal board medicals? asap, thanks

  42. A, McIntyre August 24, 2010 Reply

    I reside in Adelaide.
    I need to have a coal board medical exam.
    Could you provide me with a list of list of providers in either Brisbane of Sydney please?



  43. Matthew Robinson August 11, 2010 Reply

    Good morning,
    Trying to find a GP in Brisbane to do a coal board medical.

    Thanks Matt

  44. David jones July 7, 2010 Reply

    Once you have completed and passed a coal board medical, how long is it valid for.


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