Licence to Use Blasting Explosives - Victoria

Description

You will require this licence if you intend to deal with blasting explosives. This licence allows the holder to either:

  • purchase and use blasting explosives
  • store and transport limited quantities of blasting explosives
  • make an explosive mixture (ANFO) up to a specified quantity depending on the endorsements.

Blasting explosives can be used in quarrying, drilling, trenching, sub-soiling, rock breaking, stump removal, log splitting, other mining and agricultural applications, and for the purpose of creating special or theatrical effects.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Licence

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 eighteen years old if applying for a licence as an individual
  • if applying on behalf of a company or other organisation, provide the details of a person over 18 who will be responsible for the licence
  • submit an application form and all required documents
  • demonstrate adequate knowledge of safety in the use of blasting explosives
  • specify the type of blasting and the method of shot firing requested for the licence
  • complete the approved training course on the use of explosives and demonstrate suitable practical experience
  • pay the prescribed fees.

You will not be required to demonstrate suitable practical experience to the satisfaction of the agency if the blasting explosives are for general use only and you have not previously held a licence to use blasting explosives for general use.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Ongoing requirements include:

  • ensuring that your equipment complies with relevant industry standards
  • having a blast management plan prepared in accordance with relevant industry standards
  • complying with total fire ban restrictions
  • taking reasonable precautions to minimise the effects of ground vibration and air blast overpressure
  • taking precautions at blasting sites to ensure no one enters the blasting site until fumes and toxic
  • gases created by the explosion are at safe levels.

Duration

Up to five years.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $62.50

Licence (fee 2018-2019).

Apply Application All $40.00

National Police check (fee 2018-2019).

Apply Application All $20.00

ASIO security assessment (fee 2018-2019).

Vary Variation All $21.88 Licence amendment (fee 2018-2019).

Forms

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application to Conduct a National Police Check and ASIO Security Assessment - PDF (Opens in new window)
Apply All Application for an Explosives Licence - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Dangerous Goods Act 1985 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Regulations 2011 Victoria

Application process

Apply

Please ensure you include all the required documentation with your application, as detailed on the application documents.

Approval time

Within 30 days.

Additional information

Your licence will be endorsed for the use of certain types of explosives for specified purposes. Most licences are endorsed for general blasting operations but there are also several other specific endorsements including open cut mines and quarries and underground mines. Licences can also be endorsed to specify the methods of shot firing.

Persons employed for the preparation of charges or loading charges into a blast hole do not need to hold this licence, providing they are under the direct supervision of a licensed person, and do not fire any charge.

Administering agency

Department of Treasury and Finance

WorkSafe Victoria

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:

Licensing Branch

WorkSafe Victoria

Department of Treasury and Finance

Operating address: 1 Malop Street
Geelong, Victoria 3220
Mailing address: GPO BOX 4293
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 03 9641 1555
Phone: 1300 852 562
Email: licensing@worksafe.vic.gov.au
Website: WorkSafe Victoria (Opens in new window)