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Explosives driver licences

On 1 February 2020, Queensland introduced a new licence for the transport of explosives, aligning with requirements in other states.

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.

Exceptions

You don't need an explosives driver licence if you:

When to apply

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.

Application requirements

To obtain a licence, you'll need to meet these requirements.

Age 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.

Driving history

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.

Driver training

You must have completed the relevant units of competency (PDF, 165KB) with a registered training organisation within 3 years of applying for your explosives driver licence.

Security clearances

You will need to hold a security clearance unless the transitional arrangements below apply to you.

Transitional arrangements

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:

*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, 319KB) with your application.

Fees for explosives driver licences

Licence class Licence fee and period

Explosives driver licence

1 year   {{ 36840 }}
5 years {{ 36841 }}

Obligations of licence holders

As a holder of an explosives driver licence, your obligations include:

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