Authorisation of use and handling of explosives - Queensland

Service summary

A person (person is defined as an individual or corporation (public company, private company, club, association, government agency or partnership)) may apply to the Chief Inspector of Explosives

  • for an explosives trial approval
  • for an explosive to be authorised in Queensland.

Service type


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

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).

not previously registered in Queensland.

Eligibility requirements

The explosive must be classified according to its class, division and compatibility group. Each application is considered by the Chief Inspector of Explosives on a case by case basis.

The application form and requirements are available from Information Bulletin 10.


The approval to trial or authorise an explosive is effective from the date of approval for the period specified. Trials will have a specified period, conditions and reporting requirements to the Chief Inspector of Explosives and other Regulatory Authority(s). This is determined on a case by case basis. Explosives authorisations have no expiry date.


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.


You can obtain this authorisation by completing an Application for Authorisation of an explosive and submitting it to the Chief Inspector of Explosives at the department's head office.

All documentation should be marked for the attention of the Manager, Explosives Licensing.

You may also be required to provide the following 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 explosives and explosives trial activity cannot commence until the date the approval is granted by the Chief Inspector of Explosives or his delegate.

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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