Shotfirer's licence - Queensland

Service summary

A shotfirer licence is required for you to use, possess, purchase, store and transport blasting explosives.

This includes transporting up to 250kg of blasting explosives (net explosives quantity) without a separate licence to transport explosives in a suitable vehicle.

Licences limit you to the type and nature of shotfiring activities that you can perform, such as outside built-up areas, quarrying, safety fuse only, etc.

Service type


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

Definition of terms

Blasting activities

preparing a blasting explosive for use or using a blasting explosive. Examples of types of blasting activities: Agricultural and small scale blasting, quarrying and open cut mining, tunnelling and underground mining, submarine blasting.

Blasting explosive

an explosive used for blasting or producing a similar effect. Examples of a blasting explosives: ANFO, a booster as defined under AS 2187, part 0, a cartridge (or plug or stick) as defined under AS 2187, part 0, a detonator, a detonating cord, a precursor, TNT.

Eligibility requirements

You must:

  • be an adult
  • be physically able to conduct blasting activities
  • have the required knowledge and training to conduct the work properly
  • have passed security clearances for criminal history and politically-motivated violence
  • undertake a medical assessment.

This licence may be applied for by an individual only.


This licence remains in effect for 1 year or 5 years after date of issue.


Refer to Applying for a shotfirer licence 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 to the nearest Explosives regional office.

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

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 shotfiring activity cannot commence until the licence is issued.

Transfer details

This licence cannot be transferred.

Additional information

There is a mutual recognition licence available for a shotfirer licence application. This is only valid for a 1 year licence.

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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