About explosives

This section provides information on the safe and legal use of explosives by members of the community, the hazards and penalties of illegal use, and what to do if you want to surrender or dispose of an explosive, or come across an explosive while cleaning up after an emergency or disaster. It also contains information about collecting ammunition.

The use of explosives is controlled by the Explosives Inspectorate.

Explosives licences

Read the information about the use of explosives in the mining and allied industries, and of how to obtain a licence to use explosives, including fireworks.