Licence eligibility and general obligations for explosives and fireworks
You're eligible for an explosives licence or permit if you:
- are an adult
- 21 years of age for an explosives driver licence
- 18 years of age for all other licences or permits
- are physically able to conduct the nominated explosives activities
- have the knowledge and training to do the work competently.
You must have a security clearance if you are applying for a licence or permit related to activities involving a security-sensitive explosive.
Who needs a licence or permit?
In Queensland, you need a licence or permit to:
- use explosives for
- blasting and shotfiring
- conducting fireworks displays
- any other specialised purpose (e.g. demolition, testing)
- import and export explosives
- manufacture explosives
- at a place of use
- in a factory
- in a mobile manufacturing unit
- sell explosives
- store explosives (other than in a government reserve)
- collect ammunition
- drive a vehicle that is licensed to transport explosives
- transport explosives.
Permits are issued for single-use, non-commercial activities related to importing and exporting explosives, and storing explosives (other than in a government reserve).
There is no fee for permits.
Appointing a responsible person
Publicly listed corporations must appoint a responsible person for explosives matters and this person must hold a security clearance (the responsible person may be a director of the corporation).
You only need to nominate the responsible person once (not with every application). If the responsible person leaves the company or no longer holds a security clearance, then the nomination must be updated.
To nominate a responsible person, contact us to complete Form E114 – Nominated responsible person and submit it with your licence application.
General obligations for licence holders
All licence and permit holders have obligations under the Explosives Act 1999. Regardless of your licence or permit type, you must keep the explosives secure and use them safely.
You must also:
- notify the Explosives Inspectorate when a significant explosives incident occurs
- ensure your licence is current
- comply with the licence conditions
- use only explosives that are authorised or approved
- keep records.
- Last reviewed: 31 Jan 2020
- Last updated: 17 Dec 2020
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