Licence to Carry a Security Sensitive Substance - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to carry a security sensitive substance, which is a controlled dangerous substance, by road or rail, or engage a third party to do so. Security sensitive substances include:

  • A substance that has a UN number
  • An ammonium nitrate emulsion or mixture, containing greater than 45% ammonium nitrate
  • A substance with UN number 3139, if the substance is a form of ammonium nitrate. It does not include any ammonium nitrate solution or any form of ammonium nitrate that is an explosive.

The following purposes could constitute a legitimate need for this authorisation:

  • Academic, scientific or industrial research
  • Building construction or building demolition work
  • Commercial production processes
  • Forestry operations
  • Manufacturing, smelting or refining
  • Mining, quarrying or road works
  • Tertiary education (in science and engineering)
  • Transportation, distribution and storage connected with any of the above.

As the holder of this licence, you will be in control of:

  • Any handling of the substance
  • The premises where the substance is stored for carrying
  • Any associated plant or system
  • Any associated activity.

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 supply:

  • Your application on the approved form;
  • Copies of identification papers for yourself and any other responsible person named in the application;
  • In the case of a corporate, supply the corporation's Australian Company Number;
  • The purpose for carrying the substance;
  • Details of each vehicle to be used for carrying the substance;
  • A security plan prepared in accordance with the Regulations; and
  • Payment of the relevant application fees.

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


Licence may be issued for up to 3 years.



For a second or subsequent security sensitive substance activity authorised under the licence.



Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.

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 (General) 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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