Security assessments for explosives licences

If you apply for a licence or permit to handle restricted explosives, you need a security assessment.

This applies to individuals, partnerships, office bearers of corporate bodies - including directors, owners and part owners - cooperative trading societies, associations and people applying for unsupervised access to a government explosives reserve.

It doesn't apply to office bearers of publicly listed registered companies or government agencies.

Security assessments involve:

  • a national criminal history check, including domestic violence order check
  • an Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) check for any history of politically motivated violence.

These checks can take up to 3 months to be completed. The Explosives Inspectorate cannot influence the speed of this process and will not issue a licence or permit until the necessary checks have been completed.

Applying for a security assessment

Licence and permit applicants

If you are applying for a licence or permit, you don't need a separate application for a security assessment. The information you provide on your application is enough for us to conduct a security assessment.

However, you still need to pay the security assessment fee if you haven't received security clearance from the Explosives Inspectorate within the previous 3 years.

Other applicants

If you are not applying for a licence or permit and require a security assessment (e.g. for access to a government explosives reserve), complete the Application for security assessment.

Police clearance for access to explosives

If you are not a licence holder but your employer requires you to provide a police clearance to access explosives, contact the Queensland Police Service.

Fees for security assessments

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

Type of security check When requiredFee
National criminal history check (NCH) At the start of a licence or permit for an individual or officeholder associated with a corporate application, or when a person is reapplying from an expired licence and expired NCH {{ 36660 }}
History of politically motivated violence check (PMV) At the start of a licence or permit for an individual or officeholder associated with a corporate application. This is a once-only assessment {{ 36661 }}