Licence to Import Explosives and / or Security Sensitive Dangerous Substances - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you are an individual or company that intends to import (and if approved, export) explosives and / or security sensitive dangerous substances. Security sensitive dangerous substances currently refers to security sensitive ammonium nitrate. Explosives include:

  • Class 1 dangerous goods
  • goods too dangerous to be transported
  • articles or substances that, when manufactured, mixed, transported or assembled, can produce an explosive or pyrotechnic effect.

This licence authorises you to carry out the following activities in relation to explosives or security sensitive dangerous substances:

  • import into NSW from another country
  • supply (including exporting), at the premises (if any) specified in the licence
  • purchase or possess for the purpose of importing from another country
  • storing explosives at a premises.

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:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • hold a current security clearance
  • have a legitimate reason for importing the explosives / substances
  • have a security plan
  • ensure you only supply to people authorised under the explosives regulation to receive explosives / substances
  • have necessary qualifications, knowledge and experience to hold this licence and provide details of this
  • submit all required forms
  • pay any prescribed fees.

If you are applying as a corporation, you must nominate at least one individual who will be responsible for the activities to be authorised by the licence.

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



5 years.


GeneralDuplicate Certificate$33.50



Applications must be made at an Australia Post office. Ensure to bring 100 points of identification with you for initial applications.

Approval time

Please allow 28 days for your application to be processed.

Additional information

Please be aware that this licence does not authorise transportation of explosives and / or security sensitive dangerous substances. If you intend to transport explosives and / or security sensitive dangerous substances you must obtain a licence to transport by vehicle, vessel or aircraft licence.

Administering agency

Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
SafeWork NSW

Act(s) name

Explosives Act 2003 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Explosives Regulation 2013 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Chemicals Team
Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
SafeWork NSW

Operating address:
92 - 100 Donnison Street
Gosford, New South Wales 2250
Mailing address:
Lisarow, New South Wales 2250


13 10 50


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