Queensland is set to introduce stronger security laws for explosives, including the requirement for all licence and authorisation holders to hold a new security clearance.
The new laws will enhance criminal history checks for in-effect domestic violence orders and strengthen explosives security, storage and planning requirements and will come into effect in February.
Queensland’s prosperous mining and quarrying industries have positioned the state as the largest user of explosives in Australia.
The state chief inspector of explosives Alex Mandl said safety is paramount and rules must be strengthened to ensure explosives don’t end up in the wrong hands.
“Around 1.5 million tonnes of explosives are used in Queensland every year, with mining and quarrying the biggest users,” Mandl said.
“There have been situations where explosives stolen from mining and quarry sites have been used in domestic disputes and gang violence.
“The inspectorate’s number one priority is to keep the community safe from the adverse effects of explosives and these changes will help us do that.”
The Queensland Explosives Inspectorate is the licenser and regulator for all things related to explosives.
The Inspectorate is implementing these changes following amendments to Queensland’s explosives legislation.