Shot-Firing 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 8 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.

You are able to apply for more than one category.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

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 of age
  • be a fit and proper person
  • have undertaken the relevant accredited shot-firing training course
  • 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.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


A shot-firing permit comes into force when it is issued.


3 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $81.00 -
Apply Application All $81.00 Recognition of interstate shot firing authority.
Renew Renewal All $81.00 -


Act(s) name

Explosives Act 2012 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Explosives Regulations 2012 Tasmania


A shot-firing permit is not transferable.

Additional information

You will need to have completed the shot-firing course relevant to the category or categories of shot-firing you intend to undertake.

Administering agency

Department of Justice

WorkSafe Tasmania

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:


WorkSafe Tasmania

Department of Justice

Operating address: 30 Gordons Hill Road
Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018
Mailing address: PO BOX 56
Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018
Phone: 1300 366 322
Phone: 03 6166 4600
Fax: 03 6173 0206
Website: WorkSafe Tasmania (Opens in new window)