New security requirements for explosives
On 1 February 2020, Queensland is introducing a new licence for the transport of explosives, as well as new requirements for security clearances.
Amendments to the Queensland Explosives Act 1999 and Explosives Regulation 2017 include:
- New Queensland explosive security clearance is required for all licence and authorisation holders, and for all people with unsupervised access to explosives.
- Enhanced criminal history checks are required for in-effect domestic violence orders.
- Requirements for criminal history checks now apply, with ongoing monitoring by Queensland Police. The new requirements align with other states.
- Continuous monitoring of card holders for offences will be notified to the Queensland Police Service
- Strengthened explosives security, storage and planning requirements apply.
- Legal obligation to secure, and report unsecured, explosives now applies.
- Safety management planning requirements are expanded to encompass security, including the requirement for a security plan.
- Improved safety requirements apply for transporting explosives.
- New explosives driver licences are required, including rules for the transportation and storage of ammonium nitrate, and notification of journey plans for the assessment of, and access to, transport routes.
- New requirements apply for the licensing of drivers of explosives transport, with a need to complete nationally recognised training.
Find out more
A copy of the Land, Explosives and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (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.
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Enquiries about these changes can be made directly to the Queensland Explosives Inspectorate.
Last updated: 21 Jul 2020