The use of blasting explosives, display fireworks and special effects in the Northern Territory is restricted to people who hold a NT Shotfirers Licence.
To be eligible to apply for this licence you must:
- be at least 18 years of age
- provide proof of identity (refer to bulletin identity requirements – people licensing)
- one primary document and two secondary documents; or
- two primary documents and one secondary document
- have a current criminal history check (issued no more than six months before you apply)
- new – criminal history fingerprint check
- renewal or reciprocal – criminal history name check
Note: A dangerous goods security card issued in Western Australia, New South Wales or Queensland is accepted in place of a criminal history check.
- evidence of competency training and a letter from employer outlining in-house training (no more than six months before you apply)
- evidence of continual use e.g. blast plans or log books
- letter from employer outlining practical or continual use
- current Interstate Shotfirer licence
There are various Shotfirer conditions available depending on the training and/or experience held by the applicant including:
- agricultural / seismic / small scale blasting;
- quarrying / open cut;
- tunnelling and underground mining.
Fireworks display and special effects
There are two shotfirer conditions for fireworks display and special effect available depending on the training and/or experience held by the applicant.
- Firework displays
- community events, such as Territory day celebrations, festivals, corporate or sporting events. A community event is an even open to the public, fee or no fee.
- Special effects
- close proximity events, such as for film and TV, or indoor/outdoor theatrical events e.g. festivals, ceremonies or performing arts events.
A licenced Shotfirer can have in their possession, the below quantity of explosives. It is a condition of their licence that the explosives are used within 3 months after the date of purchase.
Storage of these explosives must be kept in a secure storage facility as per the Dangerous Goods Regulations 1985 and Australian Standard AS2187.
|Blasting explosives, other than detonators||5 kg|
|Detonators||110 (number only)|
|Detonating cord||350 m|
|Igniters/safety fuse||50 kg|
Related Forms and Resources
|Application for a replacement individual licence - Dangerous Goods|
|Application for a shotfirer licence - New or reciprocal|
|Application for a shotfirer licence - Renewal|