Approval to collect ammunition - Queensland

Service summary

This licence is required to cover the importation, exportation, sale, purchase, possession, transportation and storage of collectors' ammunition.

Persons who are prescribed ammunition collectors are not authorised to import or export collectors' ammunition.

Service type


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

Definition of terms

Collectors' ammunition
  1. small arms ammunition; and
  2. other ammunition that does not contain explosives.
Prescribed ammunition collector
  1. a museum; or
  2. a person who is a member of a collectors association approved by the chief inspector under Section 148 of the Explosives Act 1999.

Eligibility requirements

You must:
  • be an adult
  • be an appropriate person under S15 of the Explosives Act 1999
  • be able to read and understand the English language to the satisfaction of the Chief Inspector of Explosives.
  • comply with codes of practice and standards called up by the Explosives Act 1999.


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


Refer to licence fee information 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.

Other resources


You can obtain this licence by submitting a completed Application for Licence to Collect Ammunition attached to the nearest explosives regional office.

This licence may be applied for by a person (person is defined as an individual or corporation (public company, private company, club, association, government agency or partnership).

Prior to completing the application, the applicant must decide whether to apply as an individual or a corporation/partnership.

If an individual is a person having an interest in a corporation and the corporation is the separate legal entity responsible for the intended explosives operations and activities, the individual must apply using the corporate licence application form.

An individual who does not have an interest in a corporation would apply using the individual licence application form.

The required items section of the application form outlines all prerequisite licensing requirements.

A corporation applying for this licence must:

  • nominate an authorised person to act on behalf of the corporation;and
  • if a non-publicly listed company, provide completed security assessment applications and pay the relevant fees for each person having an interest in the company.
Applications can be posted or submitted in person at regional offices only.

The following may also be required before your application is approved:
  • 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.
  • the collection 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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