Fireworks operator licence - Queensland


A fireworks operator licence is required for an individual to:

  • use fireworks for a fireworks display organised by a fireworks contractor
  • possess fireworks to use them in a fireworks display organised by a fireworks contractor
  • store and transport limited quantities of fireworks (to use them in a fireworks display organised by a fireworks contractor).

Note: A fireworks operator licence does not allow the licence holder to purchase fireworks.

A fireworks operator may conduct displays only under the supervision of a fireworks contractor.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must:

  • be an adult
  • have successfully completed, within the last 3 years, an approved course in the use of fireworks
  • be physically and mentally capable
  • be able to read and understand English to the satisfaction of the Chief Inspector
  • be an appropriate person.


This licence is effective for a period of 1 year or 3 years from the date of approval.


Refer to Applying for and renewing a fireworks licence 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.

Application process

This licence may be applied for by an individual to cover the use of fireworks only.

You can obtain this licence by submitting a completed application form to the nearest Explosives Regional Office.

Transfer process

This licence cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Explosives Inspectorate

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:

Manager, Explosives Licensing

Mailing address: PO BOX 15216
City East, Queensland 4002
Mailing address: Level 4
1 William Street
Brisbane City, Queensland 4000
Phone: 07 3199 8023
Website: Explosives Inspectorate contact information (Opens in new window)