Licence to Import Explosives - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to import explosives. As holder of this licence, you will be in control of:

  • Handling the explosive;
  • The premises where the explosive is stored after import;
  • Any associated plant or system; and
  • Any associated activity.

You will also be expected to take reasonable steps in relation to any risk that may arise directly, or indirectly, from the import of the explosive. Certain exemptions apply, please refer to the Agency website for a list of authorised explosives that require no licence to import.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Submit the application form;
  • Undergo a security assessment and be considered a suitable person to hold this licence;
  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • In the case of a corporate, supply the corporation's Australian Company Number;
  • Give details of the purpose of import;
  • Supply address of the premises where explosive is to be stored after import and appropriate security plans; and
  • Pay the relevant application fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


1 to 3 years.





Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.

Approval time

Time to approve a licence may vary. Your application should be submitted to ACT WorkCover at least 56 days prior to the need to import explosives. Please consult the Contact Officer for full details.

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra
WorkSafe ACT

Act(s) name

Dangerous Substances Act 2004 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Dangerous Substances (Explosives) Regulation 2004 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra
WorkSafe ACT


02 62073000


02 62050336

Supporting information


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