Fireworks operator licence - Queensland

Service summary

A fireworks operator licence is required for an individual to:

  • use fireworks for a fireworks display organised by a fireworks contractor
  • possess fireworks to use them in a fireworks display organised by a fireworks contractor
  • store and transport limited quantities of fireworks (to use them in a fireworks display organised by a fireworks contractor).

Note: A fireworks operator licence does not allow the licence holder to purchase fireworks.

A fireworks operator may conduct displays only under the supervision of a fireworks contractor.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms


a pyrotechnic article containing explosive composition which, upon functioning, will burn or explode, or both, to produce a visual and/or aural effect intended as a form of entertainment.

Firework operator
  • the holder of a fireworks operator licence
  • the person physically on the site for a fireworks display who is responsible for managing all activities associated with the safe handling of fireworks, setting up and managing the display, firing the display and the post-display and emergency procedures.

Eligibility requirements

You must:

  • be an adult
  • have successfully completed, within the last 2 years, an approved course in the use of fireworks
  • be physically and mentally capable
  • be able to read and understand English to the satisfaction of the Chief Inspector
  • be an appropriate person.


This licence is effective for a period of 1 year or 3 years from the date of approval.


Refer to Applying for and renewing a fireworks licence in other resources below.

Note: additional security fees will apply for new individual applicants including owners, directors, office bearers or any person having an interest in a corporation


This licence may be applied for by an individual to cover the use of fireworks only.

You can obtain this licence by submitting a completed application form to the nearest Explosives Regional Office.

Transfer details

This licence cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Service Delivery
Explosives Inspectorate

Act(s) name

Explosives Act 1999 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Explosives Regulation 2003 (Queensland)

Contact details

Manager, Explosives Licensing
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Service Delivery
Explosives Inspectorate

Operating address:
Level 16
61 Mary Street
Mailing address:
PO Box 15216
Queensland 4002


07 3199 8023


07 3224 7768


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