Licence for a factory for the manufacture of explosives (explosives factory other than mobile manufacturing unit) - Queensland


A licence to manufacture explosives is required for you to:

  • manufacture certain explosives at a designated location
  • purchase, possess and store certain explosives at a designated location.

Note: A manufacture licence does not cover:

  • the transport of explosives at a place of use
  • a mobile manufacturing unit.

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
  • be an appropriate person under S15 of the Explosives Act 1999
  • be able to read and understand the English language to the satisfaction of the Chief Inspector of Explosives.
  • comply with codes of practice and standards called up by the Explosives Act 1999
  • for a licence or permit related to security sensitive explosives, the individual, directors, partners or nominated responsible person must hold a current security clearance.

This licence may be applied for by a person (person is defined as an individual or corporation (public company, private company, club, association, government agency or partnership).

If an individual is a person having an interest in a corporation and the corporation is the separate legal entity responsible for the intended explosives operations and activities, the individual must apply using the corporate licence application form.


This licence is effective for a period of 1 year or 5 years from the date of approval.

Application process

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

The required items section of the application form outlines all prerequisite licensing requirements.

A corporation applying for this licence must:

(a) nominate an authorised person to act on behalf of the corporation and,

(b) if non-publicly listed company, provide an Australian Securities and Investments Commission Extract showing the directors of the corporation.

(c) if a publicly listed company, nominate a responsible person for explosives activities related to the company.

The Chief Inspector of Explosives may require further assessment of the applicant under S15 (7)(c) of the Explosives Act 1999.

The applicant's work status may require the provision of further information not outlined on the application form.

An inspector will review the proposed manufacture operations, safety and security management system and security plan to ensure compliance.

Transfer process

S20 of the Explosives Act 1999 allows the transfer of this licence only with the prior approval of the Chief Inspector of Explosives.

You may apply to transfer the licence by contacting Explosives Licensing.

Each transfer is assessed and reviewed on a case by case basis by the Chief Inspector of Explosives.

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Explosives Inspectorate

Contact details

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Manager, Explosives Licensing

Explosives Inspectorate

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Mailing address: PO BOX 15216
City East, Queensland 4002
Phone: 07 3199 8023
Website: Explosives Inspectorate contact information (Opens in new window)