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Challenge Drilling
Our Profile

Challenge Drilling was established in 1990 as an owner operator company offering RAB & Air Core (AC) services with a compliment of 5 staff. Since that time Challenge Drilling has expanded its operations to include RC drilling and operates with a staff of 40 - 50 employees.

Over this period Challenge Drilling has developed a crew of very competent drillers backed up by supervisors and management who have a wealth of experience within the drilling industry.

With some of the most experienced drillers, offsiders, supervisors and management in the industry, Challenge Drilling has management with over 50 years combined experience, and a team made up of some supervisors and drillers that have been with the company since formation.

Challenge Drilling’s clients range from large producers to junior explorers, operating in most areas of WA and throughout parts of QLD, NT, & SA. Challenge Drilling’s clients have been more than satisfied with the performance of the team as a whole, and the competent backup provided by the supervisors and management.


Challenge Drilling maintains its equipment to a high standard of operating efficiency, reliability and safety through a programme consisting of constant inspections, regular servicing and timely maintenance and repairs. All Challenge Drilling rigs carry sufficient spares to carry out regular servicing, including hose repair with further back up available from a fully equipped workshop, and qualified fitters/mechanics.

All Challenge Drilling rigs are equipped with satellite phone technology for reliable communication with the Challenge management/supervisors, clients, and emergency services.


Challenge Drilling prides itself on providing a safe working environment for its staff and clients. This is achieved through:

  • Operating with up to date equipment which is:
    • Heavy Vehicle Accreditation compliant
    • Special Purpose Vehicle permit compliant
    • Registered and inspected pressure vessels
  • Use of fall arrest equipment
  • Internal induction processes for new employees.
  • Comprehensive pre-employment medicals.
  • Regular D&A testing
  • Use of procedural documents such as:
    • Safety Management Plan
    • O, H, & S Guidelines
    • Environmental Management Plan
    • JSA’s