Fireworks on Australia Day: The Illegal Act That Could Cost You $52,000

Jail time and fines of up to $27,000 can be slapped in some places for illegally using fireworks, authorities warn ahead of Australia Day.

Anyone caught setting off fireworks without a permit faces severe penalties after reports of several illegal performances on New Year’s Eve, said Natasha Mann, head of SafeWork NSW.

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“Fireworks can cause serious injury or death if not handled properly, which is why we have a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to people putting their lives and the lives of others at risk,” Mann said.

In NSW, anyone illegally selling, buying, storing, transporting or setting off fireworks could face fines of up to $27,500 or 12 months in prison.

NSW authorities will also be conducting compliance checks of registered displays across the state in the run up to the bank holiday.

Unauthorized fireworks have been illegal in Queensland since 1972, and anyone caught using them could face a fine of up to $52,220 and six months in prison.

A similar rule applies in Victoria, where only licensed pyrotechnicians are allowed to use or carry fireworks and anyone else can be prosecuted, including prison terms of up to 15 years and fines of thousands of dollars.

The use of fireworks by the general public is also banned in Western Australia and can result in fines of thousands of dollars.

In the Northern Territory, fireworks may only be sold and set off during a permitted Territory Day period, commonly known as “Cracker Night”.

Otherwise, it is illegal without a permit and carries a $1,570 fine for each offence.

Anyone caught with illegal fireworks in South Australia also faces a maximum fine of $5,000.

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