Licence to Manufacture Explosives - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to manufacture explosives in the Australian Capital Territory. As holder of this licence, you will be in control of:

  • Handling of the explosive;
  • The premises where the explosive is manufactured;
  • Any associated plant or system; and
  • Any associated activity.

You will be expected to take reasonable steps in relation to any risk that may arise directly or indirectly from the manufacture of the explosive. There are many safety requirements in relation to this licence, and other associated licences may also be required.

Please consult the Contact Officer for 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 your application on the appropriate form;
  • Undergo a security assessment;
  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Be considered a suitable person to hold the licence;
  • In the case of a corporate, supply the corporation's Australian Corporation Number;
  • Give details of the purpose of manufacture;
  • Supply address of the premises where explosive is to be manufactured and stored;
  • Supply a security plan prepared in accordance with the Regulations;
  • Supply any information or documents required under the Act; and
  • Pay the relevant application fees.

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


As specified on the licence.



Manufacturing at a factory.


Manufacturing at premises other than a factory.



Application for a Licence to Manufacture Explosives - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.



If you are applying on behalf of an organisation, a director and secretary, or two directors, you must sign the application form. If you are applying as a partnership, all partners must sign the application form.


Please lodge your application with the following additional documentation directly with the Agency:

  • Police records check;
  • Drawings and specifications of magazines;
  • A detailed description of manufacturing process;
  • Safety Management System information; and
  • A plan of the premises, to scale.

Approval time

Your application should be submitted to ACT WorkCover at least 56 days prior to the need to manufacture any explosives.

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

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