Applying for and renewing a fireworks licence

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).

Licences are required by people undertaking activities related to fireworks, including:

  • contractors
  • operators
  • transporters
  • suppliers, manufacturers and importers
  • those who store fireworks.

Apply for a licence

Fireworks operator licence

A fireworks operator may conduct displays only under the supervision of a fireworks contractor.

A fireworks operator licence allows an individual to:

  • use fireworks for a fireworks display organised by a fireworks contractor
  • possess fireworks to use them in a fireworks display organised by a fireworks contractor
  • store and transport limited quantities of fireworks (to use them in a fireworks display organised by a fireworks contractor).

Apply for a fireworks operator licence in Queensland:

Note: A fireworks operator licence does not allow the licence holder to purchase fireworks.

The licence may limit the category and size of the fireworks display.

You'll also need to undertake a medical assessment.

Fireworks contractor 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 lists the category of fireworks display.

Apply for a fireworks contractor licence in Queensland:

Fees for licences

Also read important information about your licence fees, including how to pay and refunds.

Licence class Licence fee and period
Fireworks contractor licence 1 year {{ 35389 }}
3 years {{ 35388 }}
Fireworks operator licence 1 year {{ 35391 }}
3 years {{ 35390 }}

Required documentation

You will need to have or provide current statements of attainment and other documents when you apply for a fireworks operator licence, including:

  • statements of attainment - dated within 3 years of application date
  • a medical assessment, completed in accordance with the Austroads publication, Assessing fitness to drive, dated within 3 years of application date
  • a senior first aid certificate or equivalent - dated within 3 years of application date
  • a passport photograph - which should be no more than 10 years and 6 months old at the end of the licence period. Provide more current passport photographs if your appearance changes significantly.

Your statements of attainment, medical reports and first aid certificates must remain current during the period of your licence.

Renewing a fireworks licence

To renew your fireworks contractor or operator licence, we may ask you to provide current copies of any or all of the following:

  • statement of attainment from Fireworks Australia (Importers) Pty Ltd, Healthy Business Training Academy or other registered training organisations from other states or territories, dated within the previous 3 years, which covers the competencies for outdoor fireworks displays. If national competencies haven't been developed or aren't being delivered, you must have a competency assessment done by an explosives inspector
  • a medical assessment, completed in accordance with the Austroads publication, Assessing fitness to drive, dated within the previous 3 years
  • a senior first aid certificate, dated within the previous 3 years
  • a passport photograph - which should be no more than 10 years and 6 months old at the end of the licence period. Provide more current photographs if your appearance changes significantly
  • for an application to renew a fireworks operator's licence, a record of explosives used under the licence by the holder during the term of the licence.

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