Applying for a fireworks operator licence

Applying for a fireworks operator licence

Fireworks operator licence - application form - 72 Kb

This form or template is required to apply for a fireworks operator licence.

When is this licence required?

A fireworks operator licence is needed to:

  • possess, set up and initiate outdoor fireworks at a display covered under a fireworks event permit (while under the employ or supervision of a licensed fireworks contractor)
  • initiate firecracker chains at ceremonial occasions under a ceremonial fireworks notice provided to the WA Police and the local council
  • initiate indoor fireworks under a permit issued by Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

The fireworks operator licence is issued for five years.

The fireworks operator licence does not allow the holder to purchase fireworks or apply for a fireworks event permit.

Who can apply?

Only individuals, not companies or businesses, can be licensed.

The applicant must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • hold a current dangerous goods security card or recognised security clearance
  • pass a medical assessment against the standards in Assessing Fitness to Drive - Medical Standards for Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers not more than six months before the day the application is lodged
  • possess competencies acceptable to the department’s Chief Dangerous Goods Officer.

Security clearance

Medical fitness

Dangerous goods and explosives medical certificate – application form - 48 Kb

Print out the dangerous goods and explosives licence medical certificate and take to your medical practitioner to complete. When making an appointment with your medical practitioner, inform them the medical assessment is for a dangerous goods licence.

Competency

 

Competency for fireworks operator licence - information sheet - 100 Kb

A fireworks operator licence states the types and/or size of fireworks that may be initiated appropriate to the level of knowledge and practical experience previously gained.

Mutual recognition

If you are not resident in Western Australia, but hold a fireworks operator licence in another State or Territory of Australia, or New Zealand, you may apply for mutual recognition of that licence.

For information on mutual recognition refer to Applying for mutual recognition.

Required information

Applications for a fireworks operator licence must be accompanied by specific information.

Before completing your application, ensure you have the documents described in Fireworks operator licence - general information and summarised.

Fireworks operator licence - general information - 128 Kb

The following information is to guide you on the requirements for applying for and renewing fireworks operator licences.

Item Document details        Date before lodgement
Competency training
  • detailed summary of your experience in fireworks events you have participated in, the fireworks permit number, and the level of involvement in the events
  • references from your employer(s) to support the claim
  • training completed in other jurisdictions of Australia will be accepted, but is not mandatory.
  • Certificate of Attainment (if applicable).
Medical certificate Assessed against the standards in Assessing Fitness to Drive – Medical Standards for Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers Not more than 6 months
Photograph Colour passport photo Recent
Relevant offence

Original or certified copies of documents detailing any conviction and/or charge pending relating to a relevant offence

Dangerous goods security card Colour copy of both sites of a valid WA dangerous goods security card or interstate equivalent
Proof of identity

Colour copy of both sides of your motor driver’s licence (MDL) from any Australian State or Territory or New Zealand or:

  • WA photo card
  • Australian or international passport
  • Licence or permit issued by an Australian State or Territory or New Zealand
  • Proof of age card.

 

The completed and signed application must be lodged with the supporting documentation, which is:

  • the original or the original certified document (where a copy is requested this does not apply)
  • dated not more than six months before the day your application is received by the department.

Failure to provide the required documentation will delay processing of applications. Most applications are dealt with within 20 business days.

Application fee

The licence fee payable covers the 5 year period of the licence.

For information regarding application fees please see Schedule of fees and charges.

Lodging the application

The completed and signed application form must be accompanied by:

  • required information
  • the fee
    • this can be paid by credit card (details on application form)
    • by cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Mines and Petroleum
    • cash payments can only be made when lodging in person.

This can be mailed to

Resources Safety
Department of Mines and Petroleum
Mineral House 100 Plain Street
East Perth WA 6004

Or lodged in person to Resources Safety at 1 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth WA 6004.

Related information

Notification of changes of details

The Chief Dangerous Goods Officer must be notified within 14 days of any material changes to the details on a licence or registration.

Reporting an incident

Fireworks operators are responsible for reporting accidents and incidents arising from their activities, including unexplained losses or theft.

Other guidance

Safe use of outdoor fireworks in Western Australia - code of practice - 2787 Kb

This code of practice covers the safe use of outdoor firework, including firework equipment, workshop operations and events.

Western Australian theatrical fireworks - code of practice - 2340 Kb

This code of practice covers the safe manufacture, transport, storage, handling, and use of theatrical fireworks.

Fireworks operator licence - general information - 128 Kb

The following information is to guide you on the requirements for applying for and renewing fireworks operator licences.

Overview of explosives regulations - information sheet - 267 Kb

This document is for guidance only and the definitive statutory requirements are contained in the Dangerous Goods Safety (Explosives) Regulations 2007 (the Explosives Regulations).

Applicable legislation

Contact
For any enquiries please contact Dangerous Goods Licensing:
Phone: (08) 9358 8001
Email: cso@dmp.wa.gov.au