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Incident and security reporting for explosives and fireworks

Note: In an explosives emergency call 000 or the Explosives Emergency Hotline 1300 739 868. This includes any theft of explosives, any possibility of theft of explosives, if you suspect a theft of explosives, or if there is a break-in to an explosives storage facility, room or area.

You must notify the chief inspector or an inspector of an explosives incident (as defined in Schedule 2 of the Explosives Act 1999) and other significant matters that may occur at a storage facility or magazine.

Relevant licence holders must also report:

  • suspect or unusual requests to purchase security sensitive explosives
  • discrepancies in records of explosives stored.

This page explains how to meet your notification and reporting obligations under Queensland explosives legislation.

Who this applies to

  • Holders of a licence, permit or other explosive authority under the Explosives Act 1999
  • Persons at a licensed storage facility or at a government magazine/reserve
  • Display host for a fireworks display

Before starting activities

Check explosives and fireworks licensing requirements.

How to lodge your notices and reports

The tables below show what you need to submit and how to do it. If you need more help:

Incident reporting

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
Notice (by authority holder) to chief inspector of explosives incident (refer to legislation for definition)
(EA1 s. 55)
Immediately after the incident Call the explosives hotline on 1300 739 868 and then email notice to relevant regional office

1EA: Explosives Act 1999

Security and safety reporting matters

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
Report (by licence holder) of suspect or unusual request to purchase security sensitive explosive
(ER1 s. 87)
Immediately after suspect or unusual request Call the explosives hotline on 1300 739 868 and then email report to relevant regional office
Report matters (i.e. dangerous situation, capability to comply, incidents) at an explosive storage facility or magazine
(ER s. 130)
Immediately after becoming aware For government magazines call the explosives hotline on 1300 739 868 and then email the explosives inspector. For other storage facilities contact the manager of the facility or holder of the licence to store explosives
Report (by relevant holder) of discrepancies in records of explosives stored
(ER s. 109)
After discrepancy is investigated Email report to relevant regional office

1 ER: Explosives Regulation 2017 (PDF, 679KB)