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.
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.
- 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.
This licence cannot be transferred.
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Explosives Act 1999 (Queensland)
Explosives Regulation 2003 (Queensland)
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