Fireworks contractor licences

You must have a security clearance if you are applying for a fireworks-related licence.

A fireworks contractor licence allows an individual, corporation or partnership to:

  • organise a fireworks display for the display host
  • possess fireworks to supply them to a fireworks operator
  • purchase fireworks to use in a fireworks display organised by the fireworks contractor
  • store and transport limited quantities of fireworks (to supply them to a fireworks operator).

If a fireworks contractor is an individual, they must also be an authorised fireworks operator.

If a fireworks contractor is a corporation, the corporation must have a nominated licensed fireworks operator who is a qualified fireworks contractor.

The licence will list the categories of fireworks display authorised under the licence.

Application requirements

Check the application form for a list of requirements, including requirements for security clearances, competency requirements (see also below) and a safety and security management system.

Publicly listed corporations must appoint a responsible person for explosives matters if they have not already done so.

Competency requirements

The competency requirements for different types of fireworks are shown in the table below.

In Queensland, Healthy Business Training Academy and Fireworks Australia (Importers) Pty Ltd are the only organisations approved to provide this training. Contact them to discuss your training requirements.

Competency requirements for fireworks operators and contractors

Competency unit Fireworks operators Fireworks contractors
CUAPYR401 Manage health and safety requirements at fireworks displays OD, CP, SC _
CUAPYR402 Operate outdoor fireworks displays OD _
CUAPYR403 Plan outdoor fireworks display _ OD, CP, SC
CUAPYR404 Operate close proximity fireworks displays CP _
CUAPYR405 Plan close proximity fireworks displays _ CP1
Competency assessment by inspector SC* _


  • OD: Outdoor fireworks displays (including strings of crackers)
  • CP: Close proximity
  • SC: Strings of crackers
  • *Course not yet available
  • 1CUAPYR405 is only required where the fireworks contractor is endorsed for close proximity displays only. In this instance, it replaces CUAPYR403.

How to apply

Your application should include:

Publicly listed corporations may also need to submit Form E114 – Nominated responsible person. Contact us to complete the form and submit it with your application.

Fees and payment options

Read about payment options and make sure you include an acceptable methods of payment form (PDF, 305KB) with your application.

Fees for fireworks contractor licences

Licence class Licence fee and period
Fireworks contractor licence 1 year $432.30 (excl. GST)
3 years $1,296.90 (excl. GST)

Obligations of licence holders

As a fireworks contractor, you must ensure that all other people involved in the fireworks display (including the fireworks operator) are trained and competent.

You are required to notify us about your fireworks display.

Licence holders must comply with the terms of their licence, as well as the following codes of practice:

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