Pilot Chemical Rating Licence - Queensland

Service summary

You are required to obtain this licence if you are a pilot in command of an aircraft from which aerial distribution of agricultural chemicals is to be carried out in the course of the business of, at the direction of, or under the authority of a licensed aerial distribution contactor.

Service type

Licence

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

Definition of terms

Aerial distribution

the spraying, spreading or dispersing, whether intended or not, of any agricultural chemical or any preparation containing any agricultural chemical from an aircraft in flight.

Agricultural chemicals

any agricultural chemical product (within the meaning under the Agvet Code) (eg a registered insecticide, fungicide, herbicide or vermin destroyer etc) or an agricultural chemical prescribed by regulation.

Aircraft

means any machine that can derive support in the atmosphere from the reactions of the air.

Pilot in command

means the pilot responsible for the operation and safety of an aircraft from the moment at which the aircraft moves under its own power for the purpose of taking off until the moment at which it comes to rest after being airborne.

Eligibility requirements


You must hold either a commercial pilot's licence or senior commercial pilots licence endorsed with an agricultural rating issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) (Commonwealth).

You must also hold the necessary qualification, either by holding AAAA Spraysafe pilot accreditation issued by the Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia Ltd (AAAA), or by passing the licence examination conducted by Biosecurity Queensland.

If you are seeking a licence and hold an AAAA Spraysafe pilot accreditation, you will need to provide a certified copy of your accreditation document.

If you are seeking a licence and wish to sit for the examination, you will need to have access to

  1. Aerial Agriculture - Chemical Rating Manual, and
  2. The Act and the Regulation.

You will also need to make application to sit the examination by submitting a completed Pilot Chemical Rating Licence - Examination Application Form together with the examination fee to Biosecurity Queensland.

Duration

Licences are issued for one or three years, nominated by the applicant at time of application. A licensee may apply to renew their licence 60 days prior to the expiry date shown on their licence for a further one or three year term.

Fees

TypeAmountDescription
Application$30.95

Licence 1 year

Application$72.70

Licence 3 years

Renewal$20.85

Renewal 1 year

Renewal$62.55

Renewal 3 years

Application

You can obtain this licence by submitting the completed "Pilot Chemical Rating - Licence Application form to Biosecurity Queensland. The necessary application forms and information can be obtained from the Customer Service Centre.

You cannot apply for the licence unless you hold the licence pre-requisites from CASA and you also hold the qualification (either the accreditation or a pass in the examination). If you hold both of these and make application and pay the correct fee, the application will be considered and a licence will either be granted or refused. In most cases it will be granted. Nothing more is required of you if your application is in order and complete.

You must be at least 17 years of age to hold a pilot chemical rating licence.


Transfer details

You cannot transfer this licence.


Additional information

Please Note: If applicable, there is also an Examination Fee. For further information in relation to this fee, please contact the Customer Service Centre.

Licences are generally issued within three weeks of receiving an application that is in order and complete.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity

Act(s) name

Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Act 1966 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Regulation 1998 (Queensland)

Contact details

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity

Operating address:
Floor 5 Primary Industries Bldg 80 Ann Street
BRISBANE
Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 46
Brisbane
Queensland 4001

Phone:

13 25 23

Phone:

07 3404 6999

Phone:

07 3087 8112

Fax:

07 3087 8001

Principal Biosecurity Officer - Nambour
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity

Operating address:
Maroochy Research Station Mayers Road
Nambour
Queensland 4560

Phone:

13 25 23

Phone:

07 3404 6999

Senior Biosecurity Inspector - Rockhampton
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity

Operating address:
25 Yeppoon Road
Rockhampton
Queensland 4700

Phone:

13 25 23

Phone:

07 3404 6999

Biosecurity Inspector - South Johnstone
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity

Operating address:
South Johnstone Road
South Johnstone
Queensland 4859

Phone:

13 25 23

Phone:

07 3404 6999

Biosecurity Inspector - Toowoomba
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity

Operating address:
203 Tor Street
Toowoomba
Queensland 4350

Phone:

13 25 23

Biosecurity Officer - Mackay
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity

Operating address:
30 Tennyson Street
Mackay
Queensland 4740

Phone:

13 25 23

Phone:

07 3404 6999

Biosecurity Inspector - Townsville
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity

Operating address:
180-202 River Boulevard
Oonoonba
Queensland 4811

Phone:

13 25 23

Phone:

07 3404 6999

Supporting information

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