Pyrotechnician licence

To use fireworks you must hold a licence to use fireworks as a pyrotechnician. This licence also allows you to temporarily store and transport limited amounts of fireworks.

Apply, renew or amend a licence


Pyrotechnician licence class types

  • ground display
  • Chinese fireworks
  • theatrical fireworks
  • aerial shells (up to 75mm)
  • aerial shells (up to 100mm)
  • aerial shells (up to 150mm)
  • aerial shells (up to 300mm)
  • aerial salutes (up to 75mm)


WorkSafe no longer authorises licences that allow the discharge of Chinese firecrackers and theatrical fireworks on a single occasion.

There is a change to the requirement to notify of intended fireworks display. The seven day notification requirement has been extended to indoor / theatrical displays. The requirement continues to be to notify WorkSafe, the relevant fire authority, and local council. However, please check with your council about any additional requirements about the notification period.

Pyrotechnicians can temporarily store fireworks for seven days – in line with the notification period. The temporary storage must also meet the requirements for medium-scale storage (although a medium-scale storage licence is not required).

Mutual recognition of interstate licences

You can apply for mutual recognition of a current pyrotechnician licence issued by other states in Australia.

This process is subject to confirmation of your licence by the issuing state and will result in a licence being issued with the same expiry date as the interstate licence.

Before you start your application

For your application to be processed you need to supply the following documents as part of your application:

Receiving the licence

We will make a decision on your licence application, and write to you with that decision, within 60 days of receiving your application.

If your licence application is approved you'll be able to access the digital licence immediately in myWorkSafe.

We'll also send a plastic card licence in the mail which you should receive in 20 to 25 business days from the date of the decision.

Fee summary

Contact WorkSafe's licensing branch

To check the progress of an application or if you need assistance, contact the Licensing Branch at:

Licensing Branch
PO Box 279
Geelong Vic 3220

Phone 1300 852 562
Fax 1800 060 727
Email [email protected]