Explosives Act 1999 - Queensland

Service summary

The purpose of the Act is to provide for the safety of the community from the handling, transport, secure storage and use of explosives.

The Act sets out to control the availability of, and to control all processes associated with, explosives by means of a licensing system and establishing standards of operation.

It also provides for the establishment of an Explosives Inspectorate to monitor the standards of operation in Queensland.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms

  1. a substance or a thing containing a substance, manufactured or used with a view to produce
    1. a practical effect by explosion; or
    2. a pyrotechnic effect; and
  2. a substance or thing declared under a regulation to be an explosive. Examples of explosives: ammunition, detonators, gunpowder, nitroglycerine, pyrotechnics (including fireworks).

Additional information

Each State/Territory has its own legislation dealing with explosives. The departments in each State/Territory have a close liaison and are working towards uniformity in legislative requirements and standards of operation.


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

Activities using explosives are subject to strict licensing requirements, prescriptive standards of operation and compliance monitoring by the Explosives Inspectorate. The Explosives Inspectorate has extensive powers under the Act to support its policing role.

For any breach of the Act penalties are imposed by the Courts and can include fines and/or terms of imprisonment.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

Any decision by an Inspector can be appealed to the Chief Inspector, and

Any decision by the Chief Inspector can be appealed to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Service Delivery
Explosives Inspectorate

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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