Explosives legislation modernisation
We are modernising Queensland’s explosives legislation to make workplaces and communities safer. The Land, Explosives and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (the Amendment Act) was enacted on 29 March 2019, making changes to the Explosives Act 1999 (the Explosives Act) and Explosives Regulation 2017 (the Regulation).
The Amendment Act strengthens explosives security across the entire life cycle – from manufacture through to disposal – as well as reducing regulatory red tape and improving worker mobility.
The Amendment Act makes a number of important changes to the Explosives Act and Regulation to:
- ensure persons with unsupervised access to security sensitive explosives have undergone appropriate security assessment and hold a security clearance (transitional period will apply)
- provide security-cleared workers with a card that is recognised between employers
- ensure persons subject to domestic violence orders are prohibited from holding a security clearance or an explosives authority
- incorporate existing duties and obligations regarding security of explosives, currently applied through conditions of licences and policies, into the legislation
- ensure explosives authority holders have, and give effect to, an explosives safety and security management system that includes a security plan
- introduce a new explosives driver licence for persons driving vehicles for the transportation of explosives, aligning with requirements for explosives drivers in other states (transitional period will apply)
- introduce new powers for the chief inspector to approve or prohibit certain routes, areas and times for transporting explosives
- align the Explosives Act with other relevant legislation such as the Weapons Act 1990 and Queensland’s mining safety laws
- enable the Explosives Inspectorate to undertake more-effective monitoring, compliance and enforcement activities.
When will the changes commence?
The amendments to the Explosives Act and Regulation will commence on a date to be fixed by proclamation (expected to be within 12 months).
The Explosives Inspectorate will engage with industry, in a timely manner, on changes and implementation.
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A copy of the Amendment Act (as passed), the explanatory notes and indicative reprints are available on the Queensland Legislation website.
- changes made by the Amendment Act will not appear in the Explosives Act or Regulation until after the changes have commenced
- mock-ups of the amended Explosives Act and Regulation (i.e. indicative reprints) are available for information purposes
- indicative reprints are point-in-time versions and do not reflect amendments made to the Explosives Act and Regulation since 7 March 2018.
Enquiries about these changes can be made directly to the Queensland Explosives Inspectorate.
Last updated 2 April 2019