Licence to Use Security Sensitive Dangerous Substances (SSDS) - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you are an individual or company that intends to purchase, possess, use, store, transport and dispose of security sensitive dangerous substances (SSDS). SSDS includes formulations of ammonium nitrate, which can be used in:

  • fertiliser for agriculture, horticulture or other primary production
  • bio-manufacturing
  • education and research.

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 or unsupervised handling licence
  • have a legitimate reason for handling SSDS
  • have arranged for the safe and secure handling and storage of SSDS
  • ensure only people who have been security cleared have unsupervised access to explosives or SSDS
  • submit the required forms
  • pay any prescribed fees.

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



This licence is valid for a period of up to 5 years.


GeneralDuplicate Certificate$32.50



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.

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

Licensing Enquiries
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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