Aerial Distribution Contractor Licence - Queensland

Service summary

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.

Service type


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.

Eligibility requirements

You must have an Operators Certificate from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Commonwealth.This must be an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) endorsed to conduct agricultural operations, for manned aircraft, or a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operators Certificate (ReOC) / Unmanned Operators Certificate (UOC), for a UAV.


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 Operator's Certificate 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.

Additional information

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.

Aerial distribution contractor licences may be issued for manned aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) / drones / remotely piloted aircraft.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity

Act(s) name

Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Act 1966 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Regulation 1998 (Queensland)

Contact details

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland

Mailing address:
GPO Box 46
Queensland 4001


13 25 23

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