Shotfirer's licence - Queensland


You will need this licence to use, possess, purchase, store and transport blasting explosives.

This includes transporting up to 250kg of blasting explosives (net explosives quantity) without a separate licence to transport explosives in a suitable vehicle. Licences limit you to the type and nature of shotfiring activities that you can perform, such as outside built-up areas, for quarrying or safety fuse only.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be physically able to conduct blasting activities
  • have the required knowledge and training to conduct the work properly
  • have passed security clearances for criminal history and politically-motivated violence
  • undertake a medical assessment
  • hold a current security clearance.

This licence may be applied for by an individual only.

You must take reasonable precautions to:

  • prevent misfires
  • minimise the risk of material being projected beyond the exclusion zone (flyrock)
  • minimise excessive noise
  • minimise the adverse effects of ground vibration and shock waves
  • ensure the security of an explosive used in blasting activities.

You must not use an explosive after either the manufacturer's recommended shelf life or the approved, extended shelf life.

You must notify the authority of any blasting activity (other than at a mine site, a quarry, down-hole wells for oil and gas, or an explosives factory) at least seven days before the intended blasting activity.


1 or 5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Licence All $68.95

Per year. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $344.75

Per 5 years. Fees for 2023-24

Application process


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

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

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

  • the Chief Inspector of Explosives may require further assessment of the applicant
  • the applicant's work status may require the provision of further information not outlined on the application form
  • the shotfiring activity cannot commence until the licence is issued.

Administering agency

Resources Safety and Health Queensland

Contact details

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