Licence to Manufacture a Security Sensitive Substance - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this licence if you intend to manufacture a security sensitive substance which is a controlled dangerous substance. Security sensitive substances include:

  • a substance that has a UN number
  • an ammonium nitrate emulsion or mixture, containing greater than 45% ammonium nitrate
  • a substance with UN number 3139, if the substance is a form of ammonium nitrate. It does not include any ammonium nitrate solution or any form of ammonium nitrate that is an explosive.

The following purposes could constitute a legitimate need for this licence:

  • Academic, scientific or industrial research
  • Building construction or building demolition work
  • Commercial production processes
  • Forestry operations
  • Manufacturing, smelting or refining
  • Mining, quarrying or road works
  • Tertiary education (in science and engineering)
  • Transportation, distribution and storage connected with any of the above.

As the holder of this licence, you will be in control of:

  • any handling of the substance
  • the premises where the substance is manufactured
  • any associated plant or system
  • any associated activity.

Due to the sensitive nature of the licence, 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 supply:

  • your application on the approved form;
  • copies of identification papers for yourself and any other responsible person named in the application;
  • in the case of a corporate, supply the corporation's Australian Company Number;
  • reasons why you are manufacturing the substance;
  • details of each vehicle to be used for carrying the substance;
  • a security plan prepared in accordance with the Regulations; and
  • payment of the relevant application fees.

Other licensing requirements may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Licence may be issued for up to 3 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1356.00 -
Apply Licence All $62.00

Fee per year if this security sensitive substances activity is the second or subsequent activity authorised under the licence.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a Licence to Manufacture a Security Sensitive Substances - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Dangerous Substances Act 2004 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Dangerous Substances (General) Regulation 2004 Australian Capital Territory

Application process


Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.

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