Licence to Import Explosives - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this licence if you intend to import explosives. As holder of this licence, you will be in control of:

  • handling the explosive
  • the premises where the explosive is stored after import
  • any associated plant or system
  • any associated activity.

You will also be expected to take reasonable steps in relation to any risk that may arise directly, or indirectly, from the import of the explosive. Certain exemptions apply, please refer to the Agency website for a list of authorised explosives that require no licence to import.

Please use the contact details below to find out 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:

  • submit the application form;
  • undergo a security assessment and be considered a suitable person to hold this licence;
  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • in the case of a corporate, supply the corporation's Australian Company Number;
  • give details of the purpose of import;
  • supply address of the premises where explosive is to be stored after import and appropriate security plans; and
  • pay the relevant application fees.

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


1 to 3 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $755.00

Act(s) name

Dangerous Substances Act 2004 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Dangerous Substances (Explosives) Regulation 2004 Australian Capital Territory

Lodgement process


Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.

Approval time

Time to approve a licence may vary. Your application should be submitted to ACT WorkCover at least 56 days prior to the need to import explosives. Please consult the Contact Officer for full details.

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

WorkSafe ACT

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries

WorkSafe ACT

Access Canberra

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Mailing address: GPO BOX 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6207 3000
Fax: 02 6205 0336