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.
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.
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.
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
Aerial Agriculture - Chemical Rating Manual, and
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.
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.
Licence 1 year
Licence 3 years
Renewal 1 year
Renewal 3 years
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.
You cannot transfer this licence.
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.
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity
Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Act 1966 (Queensland)
Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Regulation 1998 (Queensland)
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