Shot-Firing Permit - Tasmania

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to undertake work as a shot-firer. Shot-firing refers to blasting operations which involve firing or priming explosives. Different categories of shot-firing include:

  • underground shot-firing
  • surface firing
  • structural shot-firing (for use in demolitions, for example)
  • pyrotechnical shot-firing (involving fireworks)
  • special events shot-firing (e.g. firing a canon at historical re-enactments)
  • agrarian shot-firing (often used in land clearing)
  • exploratory shot-firing (often used in geological exploration)
  • special operations shot-firing (any other shot-firing).

You are able to apply for more than one endorsement.

Please note, in almost all cases, before you commence shot-firing operations, you will also need to apply for a Security-Sensitive Dangerous Substances (SSDS) permit.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • demonstrate that you have legitimate need for the permit
  • demonstrate good character through police check records
  • have undertaken an approved shot-firers training course
  • undertake an assessment of competencies and knowledge examination
  • attend an interview
  • pay the appropriate fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Three years.


Application$65.10Background security check.
Application$77.50Recognition of interstate shot firing authority.
GeneralMiscellaneous$12.40Identity card.

Administering agency

Department of Justice
WorkSafe Tasmania

Act(s) name

Explosives Act 2012 (Tasmania)

Regulation(s) name

Explosives Regulations 2012 (Tasmania)

Contact details

Department of Justice
WorkSafe Tasmania

Operating address:
30 Gordons Hill Road
Rosny Park
Tasmania 7018
Mailing address:
Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018


03 6166 4600


1300 366 322


03 6173 0206

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