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Licence to Use Security Sensitive Dangerous Substances - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you are an individual or company that intends to purchase, possess, use, store, transport and dispose of security sensitive dangerous substances (SSDS). SSDS includes formulations of ammonium nitrate, which can be used in:

  • fertiliser for agriculture, horticulture or other primary production
  • bio-manufacturing
  • education and research.

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 or unsupervised handling licence
  • have a legitimate reason for handling SSDS
  • have arranged for the safe and secure handling and storage of SSDS


Up to 5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $136.00

Fees for 2024-25

General Duplicate Certificate All $41.00

Fees for 2024-25

Renew Renewal All $136.00

Fees for 2024-25

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 to bring 100 points of identification with you for initial applications.

Approval time

28 days

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.