Licence to Manufacture Explosives - Victoria


You will need this licence to manufacture explosives or explosive mixture. An explosive mixture is a mixture of an oxidising agent and a fuel component.

Explosives do not include any safety or emergency system or device that is activated by explosives. Examples of such equipment are airbags, fire extinguishers, life rafts and passenger evacuation slides. This licence entitles you to make explosives of particular kinds and classifications, up to specified quantities.

This licence may also give permission to store, sell or import explosives.

The licence to manufacture explosives consolidates four previous licences:

  • licence to manufacture explosives at a factory
  • licence to manufacture explosives with a mobile manufacturing unit (MMU)
  • licence to manufacture an explosive mixture at a central mixing point or other place at point of application or use
  • licence to fill or cap safety cartridges at a place other than a factory.

If you hold one of these licences that was issued prior to 26 June 2011, you can continue to operate under this licence until it expires. You will then be able to renew your licence and convert it to a licence to manufacture explosives.

One licence is required per vehicle for mobile manufacturing units.

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:

  • submit an application form to the Agency
  • be at least 18 years old if you are applying as an individual
  • include a photograph of yourself or your nominated person
  • produce details of any security plans, specification, management and operating procedures, result of hazard or risk studies and other information required by the Agency
  • inform the relevant fire authority of the premises that is licensed to manufacture explosives
  • pay the prescribed fees.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

It is an ongoing requirement of this approval that you abide by all industry legislation and codes of practice and any specific conditions on the approval.

You must provide any relevant records and information as required by the authority, and you must notify the Agency of any licence detail changes in writing before the event.

You are required to implement a safety management system that ensures the manufacture of explosives is carried out as safely as possible prior to manufacturing any explosives.


Up to five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $5199.50

Manufacture within a factory. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $325.00

Manufacture in premises other than a factory. Fees for 2023-24

Comply Miscellaneous All $41.60

National police check. Fees for 2023-24

Comply Miscellaneous All $20.80

ASIO security assessment. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $5199.50

Manufacture within a factory. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $325.00

Manufacture in premises other than a factory. Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $1819.83

Manufacture within a factory. Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $113.75

Manufacture in premises other than a factory. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Dangerous Goods Act 1985 Victoria

Application process


Please ensure you include all the required documentation with your application, as detailed on the application documents.

Lodgement process


Please lodge your application and associated documentation directly with the Licensing Branch at WorkSafe Victoria.

Approval time

Within 30 days

Administering agency

Department of Treasury and Finance

WorkSafe Victoria

Contact details

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