Licence to use explosives - Security Sensitive Ammonium Nitrate (SSAN) - Queensland

Service summary

A licence to use security-sensitive ammonium nitrate (SSAN) in Queensland is required for you to use, store and transport SSAN for agricultural purposes, production processes and laboratories.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms

Explosive
  1. a substance or a thing containing a substance, manufactured or used with a view to produce
    1. a practical effect by explosion; or
    2. a pyrotechnic effect; and
  2. a substance or thing declared under a regulation to be an explosive.

Examples of explosives: ammunition, detonators, gunpowder, nitroglycerine, pyrotechnics (including fireworks).

Security Sensitive Ammonium Nitrate (SSAN) defined as
  1. ammonium nitrate, ammonium nitrate emulsions, and ammonium nitrate mixtures containing greater than 45 per cent ammonium nitrate (by mass), excluding solutions and ammonium nitrate products that are classified as class 1 explosives;
  2. emulsions are precursors defined in Sch 7 of the Regulations as; "precursor" means a liquid mixture of water, ammonium nitrate and fuels, with or without other oxidizing agents, emulsifiers and other chemicals, that is manufactured with a view to producing an explosive; and is not a class 1 explosive;
  3. solutions refers to aqueous mixtures where all the SSAN is dissolved in water, i.e. there are no visible solid particles in the SSAN/water mix. Note: this includes substances such as calcium ammonium nitrate that are not classified as dangerous goods and dangerous goods with UN numbers 1942, 2067, 2071, 3375, and 3139 where applicable. SSAN meeting this definition but already included under Explosives of Class 1 have been excluded from this definition as they are already regulated under the Explosives Act e.g., ANFO.

Eligibility requirements


Individual applicant:

For a new applicant

  • provide payment of the Security Assessment Fee
  • provide payment of the regulatory licence fee
  • have attained at least 18 years of age
  • be able to read and understand the English language to the satisfaction of the Chief Inspector
  • provide a detailed Security Plan as outlined in the Ammonium Nitrate Guidance Note No 3 Agricultural Use
  • the Local Council may have related requirements which must be met

Or:

Corporation - Registered Company or Co-operative Society:

  • provide a certified copy of the original Certificate of Incorporation issued by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) under the Corporations Act 2001
  • a registered company must provide a certified copy of an extract issued by ASIC which lists all current office holder(s) (except for publicly listed companies or government agencies)
  • provide a completed security assessment form together with required items outlined on Page 3 of the form for each of the listed office Holders
  • provide payment of the Security Assessment Fee (SAFE) for each security assessment application form lodged with the licence application. A security assessment application is required to be submitted for each current director, owner or part owner etc of the registered company.
  • provide payment of the regulatory licence fee
  • provide a detailed Security Plan as outlined in Ammonium Nitrate Guidance Note No 3 Agricultural Use
  • the Local Council may have related requirements which must be met.

Or

Corporation - Co-operative Trading Society, Association or Club:

  • provide a certified copy of the annual return of the Association or Club or Co Operative Society which lists the current office bearers or a listing of current office bearers of the Association or Club or Co Operative Trading Society or any other official documentation to support the legislative requirement
  • provide a completed security assessment form together with required items outlined on Page 3 of the form for each of the listed office holders
  • provide payment of the Security Assessment Fee(SAFE) for each security assessment application form lodged with the licence application. A security assessment application is required to be submitted for each current office bearer of the Association or Club or Co Operative Society.
  • provide payment of the regulatory licence fee
  • provide a detailed Security Plan as outlined in Ammonium Nitrate Guidance Note No 3 Agricultural Use
  • the Local Council may have related requirements which must be met.

This licence may be applied for by a person (person is defined as an individual or corporation (public company, private company, club, association, government agency or partnership)). Prior to completing the application, the applicant must decide whether to apply as an individual or a corporation. If an individual is a person having an interest in a corporation and the corporation is the separate legal entity responsible for the intended explosives operations and activities, the individual must apply using the corporate licence application form. An individual who does not have an interest in a corporation would apply using the individual licence application form.

Duration

This licence remains in effect for 1 year or 5 years after date of issue.

Fees

Refer to Specialised explosives uses in other resources below.

Note: additional security fees will apply for new individual applicants including owners, directors, office bearers or any person having an interest in a corporation.


For a Corporate applicant, a security assessment fee is applicable for every director, owner, part owner or office bearer.

Application

You can obtain this licence by submitting a completed application to an Explosives regional office.

The required items section of the application form outlines all prerequisite licensing requirements.

A corporation applying for this licence must:

  • nominate an authorised person to act on behalf of the corporation; and 
  • if a non-publicly listed company, provide completed security assessment a relevant fees for each person having an interest in the company.

The following may be required before your application is approved:

  • the Chief Inspector of Explosives may require further assessment of the applicant under S15 (8)(c) of the Explosives Act 1999
  • the applicant's work status may require the provision of further information not outlined on the application form
  • a security assessment is undertaken
  • audits and inspections may be conducted of the storage and the premises from which the use of SSAN will be conducted
  • the use of explosives activity cannot commence until the licence is issued.

Transfer details

S20 of the Explosives Act 1999 allows the transfer of this licence only with the prior approval of the Chief Inspector of Explosives.

The application to transfer is considered on a case by case basis.

You may apply to transfer the licence by contacting Explosives Licensing.

Each transfer is assessed and reviewed on a case by case basis by the Chief Inspector of Explosives.

The applicant should contact the Explosives Inspectorate licensing officer to obtain information on how to apply for a transfer.


Additional information

Licence to Use SSAN (Corporation) - Security Assessment Application Form is required for each Director, Owner, Office Bearer as recorded on the ASIC or Office of Fair Trading register for an Association or Registered Company.

There is now a mutual recognition licence available for licence to use applications. This is only valid for a maximum on 12 months.

 

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Service Delivery
Explosives Inspectorate

Act(s) name

Explosives Act 1999 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Explosives Regulation 2003 (Queensland)

Contact details

Manager, Explosives Licensing
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Service Delivery
Explosives Inspectorate


Operating address:
Level 16
61 Mary Street
BRISBANE QLD 4000
Mailing address:
PO Box 15216
CITY EAST
Queensland 4002

Phone:

07 3199 8023

Fax:

07 3224 7768
explosives@dnrm.qld.gov.au

Supporting information

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