Licence to Use a Security Sensitive Substance - Australian Capital Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to use 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.

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

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

You must ensure that the substance is used only for the purpose stated in the licence, and that no-one other than a security cleared, responsible person named in the licence has unsupervised access to it.

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:

  • copies of identification papers for yourself and any other responsible person(s) named in the application
  • in the case of a corporate, supply the corporation's Australian Company Number
  • the purpose for carrying the substance
  • details of each vehicle to be used for carrying the substance
  • a security plan prepared in accordance with the Regulations.


Up to 3 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1541.00

Fee per year – licence may be issued for up to three years. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $69.00

Fee per year if this security sensitive substances' activity is the second or subsequent activity authorised under the licence. Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Dangerous Substances Act 2004 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Dangerous Substances (General) Regulation 2004 Australian Capital Territory

Lodgement 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.