A person or an organisation which carries on the business of aerial distribution of agricultural chemicals or which directs or authorises an aircraft to be used to carry out aerial distribution requires this licence.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
Definition of terms
- Aerial distribution contractor
any person who carries on the business of aerial distribution or at whose direction or upon whose authority, an aircraft is used to carry out aerial distribution.
- 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 have an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) endorsed to conduct agricultural operations from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Commonwealth.
This licence cannot be transferred.
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 a completed Aerial or Ground Distribution Contractor Licence Application Form to Biosecurity Queensland. A copy of this application can also be obtained from the Department's Customer Service Centre.
This licence may be issued to either an individual or a body corporate (corporation or other organisation). A person or body corporate cannot apply for or hold this licence unless they have been issued an AOC from CASA. An aerial distribution contractor licence application once received at Biosecurity Queensland, 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.
A licensed aerial distribution contractor is permitted under the Act to also carry on the business of ground distribution of herbicides or direct or authorise ground equipment to be used to carry out for ground distribution of herbicides.
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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