Regulatory and security assessment fees (2019-20)

Explosives information bulletin no. 37 | 21 January 2020 | Version 27

This bulletin lists the fees for a licence (authority), security clearance or authorisation of an explosive as prescribed in section 14 of the Explosives Act 1999 and schedule 2 of the Explosives Regulation 2017.

For the 2019-20 financial year, the licence (authority) fees have increased by 2.25% and take effect on 1 July 2019.

Application for the issue of a licence - 1 year and 5 years

Licence class Licence type Licence fee and period of licence
1 year 5 years
Licence to import/export explosives (a) for blasting explosives $733.00 $3,665.00
(b) for propellant powders and ammunition $486.80 $2,432.50
(c) for fireworks $358.60 $1,793.00
(d) for distress signals $109.60 $548.00
(e) for an explosive not mentioned in items (a) to (d) including SSAN $358.60 $1,793.00
Licence to manufacture explosives (a) for an explosives factory other than a mobile manufacturing unit $454.10 $2,270.50
(b) for a mobile manufacturing unit $208.90 $1,044.50
(c) for manufacture explosives at a place of use that is not an explosives factory $105.30 $526.50
Licence to sell explosives (a) for blasting explosives $88.60 $443.00
(b) for propellant powders $88.60 $443.00
(c) for fireworks $88.60 $443.00
(d) for ammunition $16.35 $81.75
(e) for an explosive not mentioned in items (a) to (d) including SSAN $88.60 $443.00
Licence to store explosives (a) for blasting explosives up to 100 kg $116.20 $581.00
(b) for blasting explosives greater than 100 kg $454.10 $2,270.50
(c) for propellant powders up to 100 kg $43.65 $218.25
(d) for propellant powders greater than 100 kg but not greater than 250 kg $116.20 $581.00
(e) for propellant powders greater than 250 kg $454.10 $2,270.50
(f) for fireworks up to 100 kg (gross weight) $43.65 $218.25
(g) for fireworks greater than 100 kg (gross weight) $454.10 $2,270.50
(h) for explosives not mentioned in items (a) to (g) not more than 100 kg including SSAN $43.65 $218.25
(j) for explosives not mentioned in items (a) to (g) greater than 100 kg including SSAN $454.10 $2,270.50

Application for the issue of a licence - 1 year, 3 years and 5 years

Licence class Licence fee and period of licence
1 Year 3 Years 5 Years
Licence to transport explosives (per vehicle) $116.20 N/A $581.00
Explosives driver licence$62.80N/A$314.00
Licence to use explosives $62.80 N/A $314.00
Shotfirer licence $62.80 N/A $314.00
Fireworks contractor licence $417.60 $1,252.80 N/A
Fireworks operator licence $133.30 $399.90 N/A
Licence to collect ammunition $16.35 N/A $81.75

Application for other explosives authorities and activities (does not include licence)

Application type Regulatory fee
Permit to import explosives Nil
Permit to export explosives Nil
Permit to store explosives Nil
Application for explosives trial approval Nil
Request for explosive to be declared an authorised explosive $150.30
Transfer of licence $45.70
Replacement of licence or security clearance $45.70
Application for approval of a design of a tank under s. 114 $261.25

Security clearance fees

Note: Security clearance fees are non-refundable. Security clearance fees are only payable when completing a security clearance application at an Australia Post outlet.

Type of security check

Fee

Security clearance – new application

5 years: $200.00

Security clearance - renewal

5 years: $160.00

Important points to note

Licence fees

  • All licences and authorities (excluding permits) issued under the Explosives Act 1999 are subject to regulatory fees, calculated per year of licence period. There is no application fee for explosives authorities.
  • Licences may be issued for 1 or 5 years, except for fireworks operator and fireworks contractor licences, which may be issued for 1 or 3 years.
  • Licences may be issued for various categories (e.g. licence to import explosives-blasting explosives and distress signals). When more than one category is applicable, only the higher licence fee is required.
  • Prescribed fees are reviewed annually. For 2019-20, the fees have increased by 2.25% from 1 July 2019.

Authorisation of explosives

  • An explosive must be authorised by the Chief Inspector under section 8(1) of the Explosives Act before being imported, manufactured, transported, stored, kept, used, sold or supplied in Queensland. A person may ask the Chief Inspector to declare an explosive to be an authorised explosive. The request, in writing, must be accompanied by the prescribed information and the prescribed fee.
  • Explosives Information Bulletin 10 Authorisation of explosives and trials of unauthorised/prohibited explosives in Queensland, provides the application form and details on the application for an explosive to be declared an authorised explosive and the approval to trial an unauthorised explosive in Queensland.

Security clearances

  • For more information on security clearances, visit our website.

Payment of fees

  • Please note: The Inspectorate will not accept payments via email or fax. Please post a completed ‘acceptable methods of payment form' (when paying by credit card, cheque, money order or EFT); alternatively you can contact us via phone to make payment.
  • Accepted methods of payment for prescribed regulatory fees are:
  • The completed application form for a licence, permit, or authorisation, and all required items attached, must be lodged with an Explosives Inspectorate regional office together with the accepted methods of payment for prescribed regulatory fees.
  • If you have any questions, please contact an explosives licensing officer to avoid unnecessary processing delays.
  • Explosives authorities are GST free, therefore no tax invoice will be raised.

Refund of fees

Fees paid by an applicant for an authority (licence, permit or authorisation) may be refunded if:

  • the Chief Inspector decides not to issue the authority-refer to Explosives Act 1999, section 17(4)(b)
  • a licence is surrendered during the term of the licence, where the amount that may be refunded is the licence fee for each whole year of the unexpired term of the licence-refer Explosives Regulation 2017, section 23(2).

More information

  • As it is the department's preference to distribute information via email, where applicable, we request that you provide a valid email address at the time of lodgement of the licence application.
  • An explosives licensing officer is available to provide information applicable to the licence application process. See contact details for an explosives inspectorate officer.
  • Further information on products and publications issued by the Explosives Inspectorate can be found on our website.
  • The Explosives Act 1999 and the Explosives Regulation 2017 can be downloaded free of charge from the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel's website: Qld Legislation. Hard copies of legislation are available at a cost from LitSupport.



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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