What you need to know about a commercial operator's licence
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Under the Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Act 1966, if you intend to use ground equipment to distribute herbicides on land that you or a close relative do not own or occupy, you may need a commercial operator's licence.
Factors that can determine if you need a licence include the type of ground equipment that you are using and whether you are carrying out the ground distribution in a declared hazardous area, a regulated area or non-regulated area of the state.
You must be at least 17 years of age to be issued a commercial operator's licence. You do not need a licence if you are carrying out ground distribution outside of the regulated areas in Queensland. Commercial operator's licences are issued by Biosecurity Queensland.
A commercial operator's licence is issued for either a 1-year or 3-year period, nominated by the applicant when they apply.
- Search the chemical application licence register to check the current licence details of any business or individual operator.
- Find out about the ground distribution of herbicides.
- Learn more about permit requirements for distributing restricted herbicides in hazardous areas.