Licence to use explosives - Queensland

Service summary

A licence to use explosives covers specialised uses as stated on the licence, including:

  • dynamic breaching operations training
  • explosives testing
  • metal forming, and research & development
  • official police duties
  • fireworks testing
  • special effects for film and television
  • down-hole perforating
  • demolition
  • training purposes.

This licence allows you to use, purchase, store and transport the explosive in limited quantities.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To obtain an explosives licence, you must have the competencies relevant to your intended use. See Competency requirements for licences to use explosives in other resources below.



This licence is effective for a period of 1 year or 5 years from the date of approval.


Refer to Specialised explosives uses 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.


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

The required items section of the application form outlines all prerequisite licensing requirements.
A corporation applying for this licence must:

(a) nominate an authorised person to act on behalf of the corporation and,
(b) if non-publicly listed company, provide completed security assessment applications in addition to the licence fee and pay the relevant fees for each person having an interest in the company.

The Chief Inspector of Explosives may require further assessment of the applicant under S15 (8)(c)
of the Explosives Act 1999.

The applicant's work status may require the provision of further information not outlined on the application form.

An inspector will review the proposed manufacture operations, safety management system and security plan to ensure compliance.

The manufacturing activity cannot commence until the licence is issued.

Transfer details

S20 of the Explosives Act 1999 allows the transfer of this licence only with the prior approval of the Chief Inspector of Explosives.

The application to transfer is considered on a case by case basis.

You may apply to transfer the licence by contacting Explosives Licensing.

Each transfer is assessed and reviewed on a case by case basis by the Chief Inspector of Explosives.

The applicant should contact the Explosives Inspectorate licensing officer to obtain information on how to apply for a transfer.

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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