Security Clearance for Handling Explosives - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this security clearance if you intend to have unsupervised access to explosives or security sensitive dangerous substances. Security sensitive dangerous substances currently refers to security sensitive ammonium nitrate. Explosives include:

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

This clearance exists to ensure that you are of good reputation and that you do not pose a security risk to the community if given access to explosives or substances.

Please be aware that corporations can apply for a clearance that covers the whole corporation. However, you must nominate at least one person to hold a security clearance and be responsible for the whole corporation.

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 clearance you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • complete a national probity assessment (the NSW Police will conduct this assessment in relation to your form)
  • produce proof of identity that totals to 100 points (please refer to the guide which will provide you with details on how you can make these points)
  • be considered a fit and proper person for the purpose of the clearance
  • submit the application form accompanied by any documents (including photographs) that are specified in the application form
  • pay the required fees.

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



Up to 5 years.


GeneralDuplicate Certificate$33.50

Other resources



Your application may be lodged at any Australia Post Office that offers bill-paying services. You will need to provide identification.

Approval time

Please allow 28 days for your application to be processed.

Additional information

You must hold a security clearance in order to be granted a licence to handle explosives. A security clearance does not authorise you to obtain, possess, transport, use or otherwise handle explosives, you will need to apply for a separate licence. The clearance is a precondition for all explosives licences except the fireworks (single use) licence.

You will also require this clearance if you are employed or contracted to work under the direction or control of another person who holds an explosive licence. However, you will not require this clearance if you are working under supervision or working in a supervised area.

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

Customer Service Centre
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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