Licence or permit to import / export explosives - Queensland

Description

You will need this licence if you intend to import or export explosives to or from another country through seaports and airports and possess the explosives for that purpose.

The licence does not cover transport, sale, manufacture or storage of the explosives. It also doesn't apply to:

  • an explosive that's part of the operational equipment of a road vehicle or boat, including airbags and distress signals that are part of the boat's safety equipment
  • brought into Queensland from another Australian state or territory
  • explosives held in bond.

You can be granted either a licence or a permit. You should apply for a licence is you have an ongoing requirement to import or export the stated explosives. You should apply for a permit if either:

  • the import or export is a one-off and not generally related to business
  • the explosives are destined for another country and being held in Queensland temporarily before being transported to the other country (if one-off case)
  • the explosives are for an importer licensed in another state or territory and were destined for that state or territory but were diverted to Queensland by the shipping company (not the importer).

Service type

Licence

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
  • 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
  • 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).

Prior to completing the application, the applicant must decide whether to apply as an individual or a corporation.

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.

An individual who does not have an interest in a corporation would apply using the individual licence application form.

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

Duration

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

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Licence to import / export blasting explosives:

  • 1 year - $746
  • 5 years - $3730
Apply Application All

Licence to import / export propellant powders and ammunition:

  • 1 year - $495.30
  • 5 years - $2476.5
Apply Application All

Licence to import / export fireworks :

  • 1 year - $365.10
  • 5 years - $1,825.50
Apply Application All

Licence to import / export distress signals:

  • 1 year - $111.60
  • 5 years - $558.00
Apply Application All

Licence to import / export an explosive not elsewhere mentioned, including SSAN:

  • 1 year - $365.10
  • 5 years - $1825.50

Application process

Apply

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. Applications can be posted or submitted in person at regional offices only.

The following may also be required before your application is approved:

  • 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.
  • The storage and transportation of the exported explosives must be adequately covered by the appropriate explosives licence.
  • The export activity cannot commence until the licence is issued.
  • For a licence or permit related to security sensitive explosives, the individual, directors, partners or nominated responsible person must hold a current security clearance.

A corporation applying for this licence must:

  • nominate an authorised person to act on behalf of the corporation
  • if a non-publicly listed company, provide an Australian Securities and Investments Commission Extract showing the directors of the corporation
  • if a publicly listed company, nominate a responsible person for explosives activities related to the company.

Additional information

Explosives being imported into Queensland must be an authorised explosive.

The Chief Inspector of Explosives must be notified prior to the importation of any explosives.

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

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:

Explosives Licensing

Explosives Inspectorate

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Operating address: Level 19
275 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1321
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3199 8023
Email: explicensing@rshq.qld.gov.au