Retailer frequently asked questions
These are the commonly asked questions by retailers in relation to the Territory Day celebrations.
Is there an age restriction for people selling Shopgoods fireworks?
Yes, you must have attained the age of 16 years to sell or handle Shopgoods fireworks.
Do we have to have a co-responsible person?
Yes, the co-responsible person will need to be capable of acting without supervision, able to instruct other workers on legislative requirements and have an understanding of the risks involved when retailing Shopgoods fireworks. The co-responsible person must be on site when the responsible person is not.
Do I need to have a risk assessment in place?
Yes. A risk assessment is required when there are any changes in your workplace or someone is exposed to a hazard. The risk assessment must be site specific.
If you don’t have a copy of the NT WorkSafe risk assessment document please call 1800 019 115 to request one.
Do we have to have an emergency plan?
Yes, if you are an established business you should have a site specific emergency plan in place as per Regulation 43 of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations 2011. You may need to make small changes to allow for the new hazards of storing, handling and selling Shopgoods fireworks.
If you have a vacant shop you will need to create an emergency plan prior to applying for a Territory Day retail Shopgoods fireworks licence.
Can we have more than one Shopgoods fireworks wholesaler?
Yes, you can have as many as you like; however you need to keep in mind that your licence restricts you to the quantity you can hold at the retail premise.
Do I have to return unsold excess Shopgoods fireworks?
Yes, it is unlawful to keep Shopgoods fireworks past noon 2nd July, unless you hold a current licence to store explosives.
Do I need to have Workers Compensation insurance?
Yes, under the Return to Work Act, all employers must hold a workers compensation insurance policy to cover Northern Territory workers.
Can I take online or pre-sale orders?
Yes, as long as there is no exchange of funds or by voucher/coupons prior to the approved sales period which is 1 July 9am and 9pm.
Can I retail Shopgoods fireworks from a location where food is being cooked or prepared?
Each retail premise will be evaluated on merit; the risk assessment submitted to NT WorkSafe must address the cooking facilities in detail.