Looking for information on fireworks in the community? Visit Hosting a fireworks display in the 'Explosives in community' section.
Content on this page includes:
- Illegal fireworks
- Licence application forms
- Renewal of licence
- Qualifications of a fireworks contractor
- Qualifications of a fireworks operator
- Notice of fireworks displays
- Fireworks competencies
- Support tools
- Fireworks Advisory Committee
- Making a complaint
It is illegal to possess or use fireworks in Queensland without a licence. Fireworks can only be bought, stored, transported and used by properly trained and licensed professionals who understand the hazards and risks. Information on illegal fireworks activities should be reported to the Explosives Inspectorate, or to the police.
The following people all must be authorised:
- fireworks supplier, manufacturer and/or importer
- fireworks contractor
- fireworks operator
- fireworks transporter (if relevant), and
- fireworks storer (if relevant).
If the fireworks contractor is an individual, the contractor must also be an authorised fireworks operator. If the fireworks contractor is a corporation, the corporation must have a nominated licensed fireworks operator who otherwise qualifies as a fireworks contractor.
A fireworks contractor licence allows an individual, corporate body or partnership to conduct the following activities:
- organise, or agree to organise, a fireworks display for the display host;
- possess fireworks for the purpose of supplying them to a fireworks operator;
- purchase fireworks for use in a fireworks display organised by the fireworks contractor;
- store and transport fireworks, as required under Parts 8 and 9 of the Regulation, for the purpose of supplying them to a fireworks operator.
The fireworks contractor's licence may limit the category and size of the fireworks display that can be undertaken by the contractor.
Apply for a fireworks contractor licence using the forms below (refer s. 31, Explosives Regulation 2003):
- Individual fireworks contractor licence (PDF, 76 kB)
- Corporate fireworks contractor licence (PDF, 76 kB) (partnerships may also use this form)
A fireworks operator licence allows an individual to conduct the following activities:
- use fireworks for the purpose of a fireworks display organised by a fireworks contractor;
- possess fireworks for the purpose of using them in a fireworks display conducted by a fireworks contractor;
- store and transport the fireworks, as required under Parts 8 and 9 of the Explosives Regulation 2003, for the purpose of using them in a fireworks display conducted by a fireworks contractor.
However, a fireworks operator licence does not authorise the holder of the licence to purchase fireworks. A fireworks operator may only conduct displays under the supervision of a fireworks contractor
Apply for a fireworks operator licence using the form below (refer s. 32, Explosives Regulation 2003).
Applicants for a fireworks operator licence must undertake a medical assessment.
To have your licence renewed, you must provide your current Statement of Attainment, dated in the last two years, covering the competencies relevant to your licence type(s).
Any application for renewal licence not accompanied by a current Statement of Attainment cannot be renewed.
To qualify as a fireworks contractor, a person must:
- be over 21 years of age
- have at least three years' experience as a fireworks operator for a range of types and sizes of displays
- be competent and satisfactorily completed an approved course of training as a fireworks contractor
- have sufficient public liability insurance
- have a safety management system.
A fireworks contractor must demonstrate competency in:
- operating as a fireworks operator
- accessing the suitability of a fireworks display site
- conducting fireworks displays
- undertaking hazard and risk identification, risk analysis, risk assessment and risk management
- developing and applying a safety management system
- workplace health and safety
- organisational management, and
- the Queensland code of practice for control of outdoor fireworks displays (see support tools). Section 12.2.3 of the code provides information on approved training courses.
A fireworks contractor must also ensure that all other people involved in the fireworks display including the fireworks operator are trained and competent.
To qualify as a fireworks operator, a person must:
- be an adult
- be physically able to carry out the duties of a fireworks operator
- have completed a training course or be able to demonstrate competency
- have demonstrated knowledge of the legislation and of the Queensland code of practice for control of outdoor fireworks displays (see support tools).
Fireworks contractors must notify the Explosives Inspectorate in the Fireworks Notification Form of any fireworks display at least 7 calendar days before the fireworks display is staged (see section 141 of the Explosives Regulation).
The fireworks contractors must also notify the Explosives Inspectorate in the Fireworks Post Display Notification Form within 7 calendar days after the fireworks display is staged about the fireworks display (see section 143 of the Explosives Regulation).
The forms can be accessed via the links below and can be filled out and submitted online. You will be able to attach any documentation such as the display site plan after you select the 'Submit' button on the form.
A sample of the completed forms and a guide to submitting a display site plan are provided to assist in the provision of all relevant information when submitting notifications.
- Sample Fireworks notification form (PDF, 611 kB)
- Sample Fireworks post-display notification form (PDF, 606 kB)
- Guide to submitting a display site plan (PDF, 159 kB)
If you cannot access the forms via the links above, please contact the Explosives Inspectorate on 07 3199 8023 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
National competencies in fireworks for outdoor displays have been developed for fireworks contractors and fireworks operators. In Queensland, training in these national competencies is provided by the TAFE Queensland South West.
The TAFE Queensland South West training package has been approved by the Chief Inspector of Explosives.
All existing licence holders and prospective licence holders should contact TAFE Queensland South West to organise your Statement of Attainment, which is essential for licensing purposes.
TAFE Queensland South West is currently working on a licence renewal program for those who have completed competencies in the past. This program will be a shortened version of the original program and will be available in a flexible delivery mode to reduce the cost and training time for operators and contractors.
TAFE Queensland South West can be contacted on 1300 914 754 or by fax on (07) 3817 3014. Enquiries should be directed to 'fireworks training'.
You should contact TAFE Queensland South West as soon as possible to book your place in a refresher course to ensure you can provide a Statement of Attainment to support your renewal application.
If you are interested in finding out more about the industry, contact a fireworks contractor, they may be able to provide opportunities for work experience.
- Queensland code of practice for control of outdoor fireworks displays (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- Queensland fireworks product safety code Edition 1 (PDF, 35 kB)
- Queensland fireworks product safety test standard Edition 1 (PDF, 158 kB)
- Information bulletin 59 - Approved fireworks testers (PDF, 43 kB) issued 09/01/2006
- Information bulletin 67 - Safe use of close proximity fireworks
Statement of attainment and renewal information
Other information is available on the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service under the term 'fireworks'.
Information on fireworks fees can be found in Information Bulletin 37 Fees
Through the Fireworks Advisory Committee (FAC), the Explosives Inspectorate works closely with the fireworks industry to ensure the safety of people working in the industry, as well as the general public.
FAC comprises representatives of the Explosives Inspectorate and members of the Australian pyrotechnics Association (APA) and the Australian Professional Pyrotechnicians' Association (APPA). The committee meets regularly to discuss issues related to the fireworks industry.
The minutes of these meetings (since 2004) are given below:
- Fireworks advisory committee meeting 35 minutes (PDF, 84 kB) - 15 May 2013
- Fireworks advisory committee meeting 33 minutes (PDF, 64 kB) - 26 Aug 2009
- Fireworks advisory committee meeting 32 minutes (PDF, 24 kB) - 19 Mar 2008
- Fireworks advisory committee meeting 31 minutes (PDF, 52 kB) - 11 Oct 2006
- Fireworks advisory committee meeting 30 minutes (PDF, 43 kB) - 14 Jun 2006
- Fireworks advisory committee meeting 29 minutes (PDF, 43 kB) - 8 Feb 2006
- Fireworks advisory committee meeting 28 minutes (PDF, 43 kB) - 9 Nov 2005
- Fireworks advisory committee meeting 27 minutes (PDF, 48 kB) - 3 Aug 2005
- Fireworks advisory committee meeting 26 minutes (PDF, 37 kB) - 9 Mar 2005
- Fireworks advisory committee meeting 25 minutes (PDF, 52 kB) - 10 Nov 2004
For copies of previous minutes, phone the Explosives Inspectorate Head Office on (07) 3199 8023.
To complain about a fireworks activity or event, visit our Complaints page.
Last updated 27 August 2014