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Fireworks operator licences

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

A fireworks operator is allowed to conduct displays only under the supervision of a fireworks contractor.

A fireworks operator licence allows you to use, possess, store and transport a limited quantity of fireworks for a fireworks display organised by a fireworks contractor.

A fireworks operator licence does not allow you to purchase fireworks.

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

Note: To apply for a special effects (pyrotechnics) fireworks operator licence, please contact the Explosives Inspectorate.

Application requirements

Check the application form for a list of requirements, including requirements for security clearances for security-sensitive explosives (which includes fireworks and pyrotechnics), a medical assessment and competency requirements (see also below).

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 _ CP
Competency assessment by inspector SC* _

Legend:

  • OD: Outdoor fireworks displays (including strings of crackers)
  • CP: Close proximity
  • SC: Strings of crackers
  • *Course not yet available.

Note: To apply for a special effects (pyrotechnics) fireworks operator licence, please contact the Explosives Inspectorate.

How to apply

Your application should include:

*Note: If you apply for an occupational authority, your biometric data (digital photo and signature) will be retained while your licence remains current. It will destroyed if your application is withdrawn or refused, or your licence expires.

Fees and payment options

Read about payment options and make sure you include an acceptable methods of payment form (PDF, 361KB) with your application.

Fees for fireworks operator licences

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

Obligations of licence holders

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

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