Fireworks licensing and handling

Outdoor fireworks during fire bans

On Friday 22 November 2019, the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services revoked the Declaration of State of Fire Emergency in Queensland. However, fire bans are still in place in many local government areas.

Where total fire bans are in place, no outdoor fireworks display should proceed without prior consultation with the local fire warden. All fireworks contractors must:

  1. Notify the Explosives Inspectorate and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
  2. Check the locations of total fire bans.
  3. Contact the local fire warden (if necessary).

In Queensland only trained and licensed professionals who understand the hazards and risks may buy, store, transport or use fireworks. Possessing or using fireworks without a licence is a criminal offence.

You should report illegal fireworks activities to the Explosives Inspectorate or the police.

There are 4 categories of fireworks displays for which licences are issued:

  • outdoor display
  • close proximity (or indoor theatrical fireworks)
  • special effects (before a close audience)
  • string of crackers.

A fireworks contractor is an individual or company that's hired to organise a fireworks display.

A fireworks operator conducts fireworks displays for the fireworks contractor.

Before you can become a licensed fireworks operator or fireworks contractor in Queensland, you will need training in the national competencies from an approved trainer.

This guide explains the licensing requirements and qualifications needed to become a fireworks operator or fireworks contractor in Queensland. It provides links to licence applications and information on how to renew a licence.

The guide also outlines your obligations regarding:

  • notifying the Explosives Inspectorate of fireworks displays
  • dealing with unrestricted fireworks
  • safely using close proximity fireworks
  • reducing noise impacts on the community.