Stronger protections for DV survivors
Survivors of domestic violence now have greater protection from the threat of explosives, with stronger security and safety laws now in place.
Queensland Chief Inspector of Explosives Alex Mandl said the inspectorate has introduced a new Explosives Security Clearance that will see enhanced criminal history checks performed before security sensitive explosives licences, such as blasting licences, are issued.
“The Explosives Inspectorate will be working closely with the Queensland Police Service to continuously monitor Security Clearance holders,” he said.
“If any domestic violence orders have or – in the future – are put in place, security clearance and explosives licences will be suspended or cancelled.”
Stronger laws for the transportation of explosives are now also in place to keep communities safe while explosive materials are on the road.
Queensland has also introduced a new Explosives Driver Licence that requires drivers to be 21 or over, have adequate training and experience, also have no Domestic Violence Orders against them.
There’s also stronger regulations regarding the transportation and storing of potentially dangerous materials, and the Explosives Inspectorate now has greater control over explosives transport routes and plans.
Mr Mandl said safety was paramount and the new laws would help ensure explosives don’t end up in the wrong hands.
“The Inspectorate’s number one priority is to keep the community safe and these changes will help us do that,” he said.
“Government, the Inspectorate and industry have worked together to develop and deliver these practical, reasonable and significant security improvements.”
The new regulatory, safety and licensing requirements follow changes to Queensland’s explosives legislation introduced in March 2019. Transitional provisions are in place regarding both the security clearance and drivers licence for existing applications and explosives licence holders.
Last updated 3 February 2020