Aerial Distribution Contractor Licence - Queensland


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.

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.


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.


Application process

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.


This licence cannot be transferred.

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

Contact details

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Biosecurity Queensland

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Mailing address: GPO Box 46
Queensland 4001
Phone: 13 25 23