Licence to Import Explosives - South Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to import a lot, parcel or consignment of explosive exceeding 15 kg or gunpowder, or 3 kg of any other explosive into South Australia. This includes importing explosives from interstate.

Explosives include:

  • gunpowder
  • nitro-glycerine
  • gun-cotton
  • blasting powder
  • fulminate of mercury
  • fog-signals
  • fireworks
  • fuses
  • rockets
  • percussion caps
  • detonators
  • cartridges
  • ammunition of all descriptions,
  • every adaptation of preparation of an explosive as above defined.

You must notify the relevant agency at least two full working days prior to the import of a lot, parcel or consignment. Furthermore, all imported explosives must be classified (i.e. their composition, quality and character defined) by the relevant agency prior to the issue of any licence.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $80.50

Classification codes 1.2G, 1.3G, 1.4G or 1.4S. Fees for 2024-25

Apply Application All $133.00

Other classifications. Fees for 2024-25


Application process


The paper form 'Application for Permit to Purchase Explosives' is available from the agency.


Licence is not transferable

Administering agency

SafeWork SA

Contact details

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