Excise - Storage Licence - Australian Government


You will require this licence if you intend to store excisable goods on your premises. Excisable goods are goods manufactured in Australia on which excise duty is imposed and include:

  • alcohol, including beer, brandy, other spirits, ethanol, liqueurs and alcopops or pre-mixed beverages
  • fuel, including diesel, petrol, aviation fuel, heating oil, kerosene, fuel ethanol, biodiesel and crude oil
  • tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, tobacco and snuff.

Goods where excise or customs duty has been paid must be stored separately from goods that are being stored free of duty. You must also apply separately for each category of excisable goods that you wish to store on your premises and if you plan to do anything to these goods prior to paying the excise duty then you must receive permission.

Permission can be granted to:

  • destroy excisable goods to get excise refund
  • lodge returns instead of clearance
  • deliver goods for home consumption (this is only granted on the condition that you will pay excise through a post-paid arrangement instead of pre-paid)
  • move goods between licensed premises
  • export excisable goods
  • interfere with goods while under customs control
  • repackage and unpack goods
  • decant goods into a bulk storage container
  • permission to weigh / sample or gauge spirits

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

In considering your application the following will be considered:

  • Whether you are a fit and proper person
  • The risk to excise revenue
  • Your compliance with other tax laws
  • Your skills and experience in conducting the activity
  • The market for the goods
  • Your financial resources
  • Your proposed arrangements for storing the excisable goods, including the area or premises and the physical security arrangements for the area or premises
  • How you will measure the quantity of excisable goods you store
  • How you will pay your excise duty.

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


Two years.


30 September.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Excise Act 1901 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Taxation Office

People, Systems and Services Group

Business Reporting and Registrations

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:


Business Reporting and Registrations

People, Systems and Services Group

Australian Taxation Office

Phone: 13 72 26