Government magazine fees for services provided 2019-20

Explosives information bulletin no. 63 | 13 December 2019 | Version 25

This bulletin lists the fees charged by the Chief Inspector of Explosives under section 122 of the Explosives Regulation 2017. The fees are determined by the Executive Director Statewide Operations, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy for the storage of explosives and related activities at a government magazine. For the 2019-20 financial year, the Queensland Government indexation rate of 2.25% has been applied. No additional fees or increases have been made.

Note: The full range of services listed here may not be available at all government magazines.

General explosives storage in explosives magazines

The general magazine storage rate applies to packaged explosive products that are authorised and within shelf life. This includes manufactured commercial explosives, explosives accessories, high explosives, detonators, propellant powder, gun powder, black powder, fireworks, ANFO and emulsion stored in government magazines.

Service Fee (including GST)
0 kg-30 kg $6.05 per box, bag, drum per year or part thereof
30 kg-100 kg $10.55 per box, bag, drum per year or part thereof
100 kg-250 kg $60.20 per box, bag, drum per year or part thereof
250 kg-1000 kg $119.70 per box, bag, drum per year or part thereof
1000 kg $150.50 per box, bag, drum, package per year or part thereof

Special explosives storage for unauthorised explosives (including out-of-date product)

Service Fee (including GST)
0 kg-30 kg $6.05 per box, bag, drum per month or part thereof
30 kg-100 kg $10.55 per box, bag, drum per month or part thereof
100 kg-250 kg $60.20 per box, bag, drum per month or part thereof
250 kg-1000 kg $119.70 per box, bag, drum per month or part thereof
1000 kg $150.50 per box, bag, drum, package per month or part thereof

General storage of ammonium nitrate, calcium nitrate, sodium nitrate or similar chemicals stored in explosives magazines at the request of the client

Service Fee (including GST)
0 kg-50 kg bags $2.90 per bag per year or part thereof
Bulka bags $118.70 per bag per year or part thereof
In owner-provided structure/containers $1088.00 per structure or container per month or part thereof
ISO containers (IBCs other than Bulka Bags) $115.90 per 1000 kg per month or part thereof

General storage of ammonium nitrate, calcium nitrate, sodium nitrate or similar chemicals or ingredients used to manufacture explosives stored on purpose built pads or in sheds which are not explosives magazines

Service Fee (including GST)
0 kg-50 kg bags $2.26 per bag per year or part thereof
Bulka bags $13.65 per bag per year or part thereof
In owner-provided structure/containers $545.00 per structure or container per month or part thereof
ISO containers (IBCs other than Bulka Bags) $59.25 per 1000 kg per month or part thereof

Security and infrastructure fee

Service Fee (including GST)
Security and infrastructure for each package stored in a magazine or on a site (box, bag, drum, bulka bag, owner provided structure/container/ISO container). (Materials stored on lease sites are excluded) $0.24 per month or part thereof

Transit storage of explosives and other products in shipping containers and isotainers

Service Fee (including GST)
20 ft shipping containers held in purpose built compound but not inside a magazine-transit storage (5 days max.) $545.00 per container per 5-day period or part thereof
40 ft shipping containers in purpose-built compound but not inside a magazine-transit storage (5 days max.) $1088.00 per container per 5-day period or part thereof

Specialist storage-sole use of magazine

Service Fee (including GST)
High-security underground magazines (72 m2) $2971.00 per month or part thereof
Fireworks magazines (6 m2) $594.00 per year or part thereof
Medium-security magazine-168 m> (40 t gross) $9908.00 per year or part thereof
Medium-security magazine-72 m2 (20 t gross) $4953.00 per year or part thereof
Medium-security magazine-45 m2 (10 t gross) $3563.00 per year or part thereof
Low-security concrete slabs-108 m2 $2971.00 per year or part thereof

Disposal activities

Service Fee (including GST)
Incinerator set-up $495.20
Detonators $1.93 per detonator
High explosives $10.35 per kg or part thereof
Ammunition $4.80 per kg or part thereof
Fireworks $4.80 per kg or part thereof
Flares $10.55 per kg or part thereof
Other dangerous goods $10.55 per kg or part thereof
Magazine keepers fee $189.60 per hour or part thereof

Miscellaneous activities

Service Fee (including GST)
Reserve keeper supervision/service of clients. Repackaging or restacking. Stocktaking and other special requests by or on behalf of client: all materials supplied by client. Order picking for client. $189.60 per hour or part thereof
After hours activities in government magazine by reserve keeper, at request of client (2 hours min.) $217.70 per keeper hour or part thereof
Spillages, cleanup and/or decontamination by reserve keeper (basic clean-up materials only) $237.60 per keeper hour or part thereof
Specialised services, on request $264.80 per hour or part thereof
Use of government magazine facility for which a fee has not been listed in this schedule $274.60 per hour or part thereof
Forklift with reserve keeper as operator - loading and unloading activities $301.60 per hour or part thereof
Pallet wrapper hire (wrapping materials supplied) $45.70 per hour or part thereof
Issue of government magazine access card (applicant must hold current security clearance) $42.45 per card
Reissue of weighbridge and government magazine access cards that have been lost or stolen $42.45 per card
Weighbridge operation in and out of reserve $32.10 per vehicle or weighbridge issue of docket
Storage of plant, empty shipping containers, equipment, packing material and other non-explosive/chemical products $150.90 per square metre or part thereof per month or part thereof
Temporary parking of vehicles transporting explosives in the purpose-built transit compound for explosives and other things not subject to a scheduled fee (2 days max.) $129.40 per vehicle or day or part thereof
Fumigation / quarantine of shipping container $265.30 per month or part thereof

Glossary of terms

TermExplanation
After hours Refers to services provided by staff of the government magazine at the request of the client outside published normal operating hours; includes travel time.
Client An applicant or relevant person as defined in the Explosives Regulation 2017 (section 121).
Disposal set-up Covers the preparation, equipment-maintenance and clean-up activities required to destroy explosives by incineration.
Fumigation/quarantine fee This fee is in addition to transit storage or other general explosives fees.
Loading and unloading activities All activities by government magazine staff to load and unload vehicles and shipping containers, putting products into store, order picking, wrapping, re-palletising, restacking and checking will be charged at the appropriate scheduled fee.
Product in transit storage unloaded and then directly loaded onto a vehicle Where a product is received into a government magazine and is loaded onto a vehicle for transport off the magazine following transit storage, the appropriate transit shipping container rate applies, together with any materials-handling fees for reserve labour and forklift charges.
Shipping container in transit storage is unloaded into store Where a shipping container is received into transit storage and is later unloaded directly into a magazine on behalf of a client, the storage fee rate applies in addition to the materials-handling fees; the products are not subject to both transit storage and general storage fees.
Storage The service provided for general and specialised service covers storage only. Materials handling provided by magazine staff with or without the use of a forklift is charged separately.
Supervision Clients who have general storage in shared storage facilities must be supervised by government magazine staff to ensure security and client confidentiality of all clients.
Time period charging The time period for the charging of the service is accounted as, per number of year/month/day/hour periods, as specified in the schedule. Invoices will be raised for the whole number of periods. If the service includes part periods thereafter they will be accounted for as a full period. The charges for the service commences when the service is actually commenced and is for 365 days for a year, 30 days for a month, the number of days specified in the schedule (regardless of working day definition) and 60 minutes for an hour.
Transfer of ownership The person storing the explosives products at a magazine must notify the manager of the magazine of the sale or transfer of the explosives, wholly or partly, to another person, in accordance with section 126 of the Explosives Regulation 2017. When the product is sold or otherwise transferred to another client, the new client will be charged the appropriate storage fee, and a materials-handling fee will apply if the product is moved to another location.
IBC Intermediate bulk container
ISO International Organization for Standardization
Transit storage Transit storage applies to the holding of shipping containers for import and export for a maximum 5-day period. A shipping container can have more than one 5-day period of transit storage consecutively. If the period of 5 days is exceeded and the transit storage becomes general storage, the applicable rate for general explosives storage in magazines applies. The product cannot attract both a transit storage and a general storage fee.

Transit storage applies to shipping containers that are in transit through the magazine and the intention is clearly not for storage. Normally, transit storage is associated with a period of 5 days maximum. More than one period of transit storage can apply under the schedule of fees. Where the status of transit storage has changed, particularly for imports where rectification cannot be undertaken within 5 days and the explosives must be stored at the magazine, the normal storage arrangements and fees will apply.

The applicant must clearly identify the request to the manager, under section 117 of the Explosives Regulation 2017. Transit storage applies to:

  • packed shipping containers for export
  • shipping containers for import where, due to compliance safety and security issues, the containers that were not intended for storage at the magazine were directed to the magazine for rectification
  • packed shipping containers that may or may not be under customs bond from import for shipping overseas. For example New Zealand or Papua New Guinea
  • import shipping containers that are not intended to be stored at the reserve but, due to logistics, are awaiting transport to another storage destination.

Transit storage does not apply to:

  • Commonwealth explosives
  • shipping containers with gross compliance, safety and security non-compliances' that cannot have the contravention rectified within five days.
Unauthorised Explosive An explosive which is not declared under section 8 of the Explosives Act to be an authorised explosive. The list of authorised explosives is published in Explosives Information Bulletin 71. Unauthorised explosives also include explosives where the composition, quality or character of an authorised explosive has changed. Examples include out of life explosives, out of specification explosives, reject quality explosives, condition of packages damaged and otherwise unsuitable to be offered for transport.
Use of government magazine facility for which a fee has not been listed Applies to use of facilities on the government magazine that may be used from time to time for specialised applications such as use of range, destruction area for training or quarantine areas for fumigation.
Weight in kg Refers to gross weight or mass of products or things stored at the government magazine where the fee is based upon the weight.

Important points to note

  1. Not all government magazines offer every service, check with the manager first.
  2. Fees charged are non-regulatory. They are normally reviewed and increased annually on 1 July, in line with CPI increases.
  3. Invoices are raised monthly. Services provided attract a GST component, therefore a tax invoice is raised and issued for each storage charge or activity carried out for which a fee is charged.
  4. Acceptable methods of payment are cheque or money order (made payable to the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy), credit card or electronic funds transfer (an EFT must be arranged with staff at the government magazine before making payment).
  5. Non-payment of a fee within 60 days of the issue of the tax invoice will initiate recovery action by the Chief Inspector of Explosives (in accordance with sections 123-125 of the Explosives Regulation 2017).
  6. The applicant must be an appropriate person and the activity legal.
  7. Arrangements to access services must be made directly with the manager of each magazine.
  8. An on-line form is available for requesting explosives storage services.

Further information

Contact a government explosives reserves office.



Authorised by Alex Mandl - Chief Inspector of Explosives
Contact: explosives@dnrme.qld.gov.au

Issued by the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy


General: This information is a guide only. It is not to be taken as a statement of law and must not be construed to waive or modify any legal obligation.

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