Authorising and trialling explosives

Under the Explosives Act 1999, the Chief Inspector of Explosives must authorise or approve for trial all explosives used in Queensland.

In Queensland, the Chief Inspector of Explosives has generically authorised fireworks. Read more about authorising and classifying fireworks.

Applying for an authorised explosive or trial

You can apply for the:

  • authorisation of an explosive
  • amendment of an authorised explosive
  • trial of an unauthorised or prohibited explosive
  • trial extension of an unauthorised or prohibited explosive.

To apply, submit the authorised explosive or trial form.

Note: An 'authorisation' does not allow you to import, transport, manufacture, store, supply or use any explosive unless you have a separate licence or permit allowing you to do so.

Application fees

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

Application type Regulatory fee
Application for explosives trial approval {{ 35398 }}
Request for explosive to be declared an authorised explosive {{ 35399 }}

Find an authorised explosive

See the full list of authorised explosives and trials of unauthorised explosives.

The register of authorised explosives in Queensland identifies 6 different groups:

  • general list - includes explosives that are authorised through a request to the Chief Inspector
  • permitted explosives - authorised for use only in underground coal mines
  • the 'defence explosives ordnance classification list' - includes explosives that are approved by the Department of Defence and authorised by the Chief Inspector
  • generically authorised explosives - includes explosives that have widespread use, are supplied by many manufacturers and are available universally (e.g. security-sensitive ammonium nitrate, ammonium nitrate fuel oil (ANFO), fireworks, distress signals, power device cartridges and small-arms ammunition)
  • generically authorised explosives used in petroleum, gas and geothermal industries
  • generically authorised explosives articles under hazard divisions 1.3 and 1.4 used by law enforcement agencies.

Explosives don't need to be authorised for particular purposes, except for permitted explosives, so you must follow the manufacturer's recommendations for conditions of use (according to the explosive's quality and character).

Read the UK Health and Safety Executive testing memorandum TM 2 for information on testing and approval of permitted explosives (for use in underground coal mines).

Life extension of out-of-specification explosives

Any explosives that don't meet the composition, quality or character of the original authorised explosives are unauthorised in Queensland.

However, a 'life extension' for out-of-specification explosives can temporarily authorise specific explosives for possession, transport, storage, use, disposal and sale.

Explosives beyond the authorised shelf life

If the authorised shelf life of explosives (based on manufacturer's recommendation) has expired, they're still authorised for possession, transport, storage and disposal if:

  • their composition, quality or character hasn't changed
  • they're no more than 12 months beyond the authorised shelf life
  • they're in good condition and order (i.e. the same condition as at receipt). If the explosives are outside specification, the manufacturer or supplier must certify that the product is fit for the required activity
  • they're in their original or approved packaging
  • you're not using them and you'll dispose of them as soon as possible within the 12 months after expiry
  • they're for 1 or more of these activities only: possession, transport, storage, disposal.

Applying to temporarily authorise explosives

If your explosives don't meet the above criteria and are for disposal, you can apply to the Chief Inspector of Explosives to temporarily authorise them for possession, transport, storage or disposal.

Apply to request a life extension of out-of-specification explosive.

You can also use this form if the explosives may still be suitable for use (i.e. beyond shelf life but still meet the manufacturer's specifications for use). You would need to provide test results to confirm that the explosives are still fit for purpose according to the manufacturer's specifications.