How explosives are used in Queensland
Queensland is the largest user of explosives in Australia, using about 1.5 million tonnes each year (approximately 40% of all explosives used nationwide).
Most explosives are used in the mining and quarrying industries, but also in:
- manufacturing and construction industries
- the demolition industry
- the entertainment industry (fireworks, special effects, film and TV, theatre)
- safety devices for automotive and aircraft industries
- lifesaving and signalling devices for maritime industries
- ammunition, propellants and sporting shooters
- oil and gas industries
- the rocket industry.
Explosives also have many other everyday uses, including for:
- industrial tools
- medical instruments
- fire extinguishers
- railroad track signals
- airbag inflators
- metal hardening
- novelty (caps, bon bons, sparklers, party poppers)
- starter pistols
- model rockets.
In Queensland, explosives are controlled by legislation and regulated by the Explosives Inspectorate, which decides who is allowed to possess, manufacture, own, use, store, transport, sell, import, export and dispose of explosives.
- Best practice guideline – Prevention of explosives misfires in blasting applications (PDF, 1.2MB) – provides practical guidance to prevent the generation of misfires associated with blasting activities in open cut, underground and civil applications.
- Read more about fireworks licensing.
- Read more about explosives licensing requirements for various sectors.
- Find out about the Australasian Explosives Industry Safety Group.
- Learn about the International Society of Explosives Engineers.
- Find out about the Institute of Explosives Engineers.
- Last reviewed: 1 Sep 2017
- Last updated: 19 Dec 2022