Shot-Firer Permit - Tasmania


You will need this permit if you intend to undertake work as a shot-firer. Shot-firing involves the firing and / or priming of explosives. There are eight categories of shot-firing:

  • underground - tunnelling, underground or undersea mining
  • surface - road construction, open-cut mining, above-ground quarrying
  • structural - building construction, building demolition and civil engineering work without any underground component
  • pyrotechnical - firing fireworks in fireworks displays
  • special events - firing canons or similar equipment at tourism venues or historical re-enactments or musical or theatrical performances
  • agrarian - land clearing or other agricultural or forestry operations
  • exploratory - geological exploration, or in seismological, paleontological or other scientific research or experimentation
  • special operations - not covered by any other category of shot-firing.

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 permit, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a fit and proper person
  • have a legitimate reason for needing the permit
  • have undertaken the relevant accredited shot-firing training course(s)
  • undergo a National Police Record Check.

In almost all cases, before commencing shot-firing operations, you will also need to apply for a Security-Sensitive Dangerous Substances (SSDS) permit.


3 years unless cancelled, revoked or issued for a shorter period.


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Act(s) name

Explosives Act 2012 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Explosives Regulations 2012 Tasmania

Approval time

40 business days

Administering agency

Department of Justice

WorkSafe Tasmania

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