Explosives driver licences
Who needs an explosives driver licence?
If you drive a vehicle that's licensed to transport explosives, you'll need to obtain an explosives driver licence unless 1 of the exceptions below applies.
You don't need an explosives driver licence if you:
- have another licence that authorises the transport of the explosives (e.g. shotfirer licence, licence to use, licence to manufacture explosives for a mobile manufacturing unit, or fireworks operator licence) – refer to Part 9 of the Explosives Regulation 2017 for conditions
- are transporting low-risk explosives such as marine flares – refer to Information Bulletin 51 – Transport of low risk loads of explosives (you may need a licence that authorises you to possess the explosives)
- hold an interstate explosives driver licence (only if the driver is undertaking a single direct interstate journey)
- are employed to work at a mine and are transporting the explosive at the mine in the course of your employment.
New employees must apply for an explosives driver licence before they begin driving.
Existing employees of licensed explosives transport companies, who were employed by the company to drive a vehicle transporting explosives (as at 1 February 2020), have until 1 February 2021 to obtain their licence.
To obtain a licence, you'll need to meet these requirements.
You need to be 21 years or older to apply.
Driving qualifications and history
To be eligible, you will need:
- a valid driver licence for the class of vehicle you are driving
- evidence of your driving history
- evidence that you have completed the relevant units of competency with a registered training organisation.
The evidence of your driving history should:
- cover at least the past 5 years (or the entire period you've held your licence if you've been driving for less than 5 years)
- be issued within 30 days of applying
- be issued by the agency that issued your valid driver licence (e.g. Transport and Main Roads in Queensland). If you've held licences in more than 1 jurisdiction within the last 5 years, provide a report from each jurisdiction.
Queensland drivers can apply for a transport history report online.
For a Class 1 Category 3 explosives driver licence, you must also provide a written statement from a current or previous employer showing that you have performed 50 hours under the direct supervision of a driver experienced in the transport of explosives.
You must have completed the relevant units of competency (PDF, 130KB) with a registered training organisation within 3 years of applying for your explosives driver licence.
You will need to hold a security clearance unless the transitional arrangements below apply to you.
Transitional arrangements apply to drivers already employed (as at 1 February 2020) to drive a licensed explosives transport vehicle.
These drivers won't need either a security clearance or explosives driver licence until 1 February 2021 as long as they remain with their current employer.
If they change employer, they will need to apply for both a security clearance and explosives driver licence before they can drive for the new employer.
Medical fitness to drive
You will need to provide a current medical certificate for motor vehicle driver (F3712).
How to apply
Your application should include:
- Form E100 – Application for an occupational authority* (explosives driver licence) (PDF, 699KB)
- applicable licence fee (see below)
- supporting documents (as per the form's checklist).
*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 be destroyed if your application is withdrawn or refused, or your licence expires.
Fees and payment options
Fees for explosives driver licences
|Licence class||Licence fee and period|
Explosives driver licence
$66.68 (excl. GST)
Obligations of licence holders
As a holder of an explosives driver licence, your obligations include:
- complying with the Australian code for the transport of explosives by road and rail and the Australian dangerous goods code
- notifying us of any circumstance that could affect your fitness to drive
- carrying the licence with you when you are transporting explosives.