Licence to Manufacture Explosives - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to manufacture explosives or explosive mixture. An explosive mixture is a mixture of an oxidising agent and a fuel component.

Explosives do not include any safety or emergency system or device that is activated by explosives. Examples of such equipment are airbags, fire extinguishers, life rafts and passenger evacuation slides.

This licence entitles you to make explosives of particular kinds and classifications, up to specified quantities. This licence may also give permission to store, sell or import explosives.

The licence to manufacture explosives consolidates four previous licences:

  • licence to manufacture explosives at a factory
  • licence to manufacture explosives with a mobile manufacturing unit (MMU)
  • licence to manufacture an explosive mixture at a central mixing point or other place at point of application or use
  • licence to fill or cap safety cartridges at a place other than a factory.

If you hold one of these licences that was issued prior to 26 June 2011, you can continue to operate under this licence until it expires. You will then be able to renew your licence and convert it to a licence to manufacture explosives.

One licence is required per vehicle for mobile manufacturing units.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

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:

  • submit an application form to the Authority
  • be at least 18 years old if you are applying as an individual
  • produce details of any security plans, specification, management and operating procedures, result of hazard or risk studies and other information required by the Agency
  • inform the relevant fire authority of the premises that is licensed to manufacture explosives
  • pay the prescribed fees.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Ongoing requirements

It is an ongoing requirement of this approval that you abide by all industry legislation and codes of practice and any specific conditions on the approval.

You must provide any relevant records and information as required by the authority, and you must notify the Authority of any licence detail changes in writing before the event.

You are required to implement a safety management system that ensures the manufacture of explosives is carried out as safely as possible prior to manufacturing any explosives.


Up to 5 years.


ApplyApplication$5,000.00Manufacture within a factory. Fees for 2016-17.

Manufacture within a factory. Fees for 2016-17.


Manufacture within a factory. Fees for 2016-17.

Application$312.50Manufacture in premises other than a factory. Fees for 2016-17.

Manufacture in premises other than a factory. Fees for 2016-17.


Manufacture in premises other than a factory. Fees for 2016-17.



Please ensure you include all the required documentation with your application, as detailed on the application documents.



Please lodge your application and associated documentation directly with the Licensing Branch at WorkSafe Victoria.

Approval time

Within 30 days.

Administering agency

Department of Treasury and Finance
WorkSafe Victoria

Act(s) name

Dangerous Goods Act 1985 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Regulations 2011 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Branch
Department of Treasury and Finance
WorkSafe Victoria

Operating address:
222 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
PO BOX 4293
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


03 9641 1555


1800 136 089

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