Aerial distribution contractor licence - Queensland


You will require this licence if you intend to distribute agricultural chemicals from an aircraft in flight, and you either:

  • are the sole pilot in command, carrying out aerial distribution in your own aerial distribution business
  • operate an aerial distribution business and employ or engage pilots to carry out aerial distribution on behalf of your business.

An agricultural chemical includes any agricultural chemical product registered by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

The distribution of agricultural chemicals involves spraying, spreading or dispersing from an aircraft in flight. Aerial distribution includes aerial spraying of crops, aerial baiting activity (e.g. rat or mice baits or 1080 baits) and public health pest control (e.g. municipal mosquito control programs). Aerial distribution is often the preferred method to apply agricultural chemicals when it is impractical or difficult to carry out ground distribution, particularly in wet seasons.

If you are an aerial distribution contractor and also intend to be a pilot in command of an aircraft to carry out aerial distribution, you must hold a pilot chemical rating licence in addition to an aerial distribution contractor licence.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must be at least 17 years old and hold a licence to do aerial work:

  • Manned aircraft - an air operator certificated endorsed to conduct aerial applications.
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle - unmanned aerial vehicle operator's certificate or remotely piloted aircraft operator's certificate approved for aerial work operations.


One or three years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $35.98

One year. Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All $84.56

Three years. Fees for 2022-23

Renew Renewal All $24.24

One year. Fees for 2022-23

Renew Renewal All $72.72

Three years. Fees for 2022-23

Approval time

Licences are generally issued within three weeks of receiving an application that is in order and complete.


This licence cannot be transferred.

Additional information

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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