Licence to Import Explosives and / or Security Sensitive Dangerous Substances - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you are an individual or company that intends to import (and if approved, export) explosives and / or security sensitive dangerous substances. Security sensitive dangerous substances refers to security sensitive ammonium nitrate. Explosives include:

  • Class 1 dangerous goods
  • goods too dangerous to be transported
  • articles or substances that, when manufactured, mixed, transported or assembled, can produce an explosive or pyrotechnic effect.

This licence authorises you to carry out the following activities in relation to explosives or security sensitive dangerous substances:

  • import into NSW from another country
  • supply (including exporting), at the premises (if any) specified in the licence
  • purchase or possess for the purpose of importing from another country
  • storing explosives at a premises.

Please be aware that this licence does not authorise transportation of explosives and / or security sensitive dangerous substances. If you intend to transport explosives and / or security sensitive dangerous substances, you must obtain a licence to transport by vehicle, vessel or aircraft licence.

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:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • hold a current security clearance
  • have a legitimate reason for importing the explosives / substances
  • have a security plan
  • ensure you only supply to people authorised under the explosives regulation to receive explosives / substances
  • have necessary qualifications, knowledge and experience to hold this licence and provide details of this.

If you are applying as a corporation, you must nominate at least one individual who will be responsible for the activities to be authorised by the licence.


5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $3091.00

Fees for 2023-24

General Duplicate Certificate All $39.00

Licence replacement. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $3091.00

Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Explosives Act 2003 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Explosives Regulation 2013 New South Wales

Application process


Applications must be made at an Australia Post office. Ensure you bring 100 points of identification with you for initial applications.

Approval time

28 days maximum

Administering agency

Department of Customer Service

SafeWork NSW

Contact details

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