Licence to Sell or Import Explosives - Victoria


You will need this licence to sell or import explosives. A single licence can authorise both the sale and import of explosives. However, licences can be obtained that authorise just sale or import.

A licence to sell explosives authorises the licence holder to store and transport explosives of the type the licence holder is authorised to sell, as long as the quantities stored and transported are less than the prescribed quantities for storage and transport under the Regulations. A licence holder who wishes to store or transport explosives above the prescribed quantities under the Regulations must also obtain the appropriate licences.

General requirements for sale of explosives:

  • packaging must conform to the Australian Explosives Code requirements
  • explosives cannot be sold in a public place, such as a market or fair (with the exception of safety cartridges and general use fireworks).

Explosives do not refer to 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.

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:

  • provide all information required by the application form
  • be at least eighteen years old if you are applying as an individual
  • satisfy suitable person criteria
  • have awareness and knowledge of how explosives work, and appropriate use of them
  • comply with Australian standards and codes of practice
  • pay the prescribed fee.

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 must remain a suitable person to hold the licence and have the safety management system maintained.

Under the regulations, you can only sell explosives to a person who holds a licence authorising them to store, use, sell, transport or manufacture the same type of explosives that you are selling to them. You must not sell the explosives unless you are satisfied the customer will manage the explosives in accordance with the regulations. These requirements do not apply to the sale of:

  • distress signals in a consumer package, cartridge ammunition, consumer fireworks or industrial safety cartridges
  • propellant or primers to a person who holds a firearms licence.

You must also keep records of each purchase or supply of explosives. This requirement does not apply to cartridge ammunition, consumer fireworks, industrial safety cartridges, and distress signals in a consumer package.You must not sell or import explosives unless they are packaged and marked in accordance with the Australian Explosives Code.


Up to five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $65.00

Plus $22.75 for each additional authorisation. 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 $65.00

Plus $22.75 for each additional authorisation. Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $22.75

Licence amendment. Plus $7.95 for each additional authorisation. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Dangerous Goods Act 1985 Victoria

Additional information

A person who sells explosives must hold a licence authorising the person to sell explosives. This does not apply to the sale of consumer fireworks (e.g. bon bons, sparklers), the sale of industrial safety cartridges used in power tools or the sale of cartridge ammunition by a licenced firearms dealer.

Administering agency

Department of Treasury and Finance

WorkSafe Victoria

Contact details

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