A person must hold a blaster's licence to perform blasting activities in South Australia. This includes the preparation, assembly, charging or firing of explosives.


To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • hold a National Police Clearance Certificate less than 3 months old from the date of your application
  • have the necessary qualifications, experience and knowledge in the use of explosives.

A blasters licence is issued to an individual. A business/body corporate may not apply for a blasters licence.


Before you can commence training in the use of explosives, you must obtain a blasting licence. A condition of 'TRAINEE UNDER DIRECT SUPERVISION' will apply to the licence. Only after the licence is issued, may training in the use of explosives commence.

Your employer is responsible for training and direct supervision until you are deemed competent in the use of explosives. You may then complete an application for a variation to the licence for SafeWork SA's consideration. If approved, SafeWork SA will issue you with a new blasters licence.

Before you begin

Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age and understand the English language.

All applications for a South Australian blaster's licence or renewal must include a current national police clearance certificate, not more than three months old at the time of application. The certificate can be obtained from a police station for a fee.

How to apply

1. Application form

Blaster's licence application form - complete the form, then print, sign and date it.

2. Lodgement

Lodge the signed application with SafeWork SA, along with the specified fee and any supporting documents indicated in your application.

Lodgement details are contained in the application form.


Licences are issued for three years. Renewal tax invoices are issued 30 days before the expiry date. Supporting documentation must be provided with full payment.

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