Display Operator Licence - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this licence if you intend to test, use or operate fireworks for indoor or outdoor displays. As the display operator you are responsible for:

  • the handling of the fireworks
  • the display site
  • any associated plant or system
  • any associated activity.

Please use the contact details below to find out 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 licence you must:

  • submit an application form outlining your personal details
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • provide documentation of the safety management system for the use of fireworks
  • have attended an approved training course on the use of fireworks for fireworks displays
  • have the required knowledge, competency and training level
  • demonstrate suitable practical experience in the use of fireworks
  • pay the relevant application fees.

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


1 to 3 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $890.00


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a Display Operator Licence - PDF (Opens in new window)
Apply All Application for Mutual Recognition (Opens in new window)
Apply All Request for Authorisation of Explosives - General - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Dangerous Substances Act 2004 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Dangerous Substances (Explosives) Regulation 2004 Australian Capital Territory

Lodgement process


If paying by cheque, the licence will not be issued until the funds are cleared.

Approval time

Your application should be submitted to the Agency at least 56 days prior to the need to hold the licence.

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

WorkSafe ACT

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries

WorkSafe ACT

Access Canberra

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Mailing address: GPO BOX 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6207 3000
Fax: 02 6205 0336
Email: worksafe@act.gov.au