Management systems for importers and exporters

Safety and security management systems

To import or export explosives, you must have a safety management system and security management system (except for unrestricted fireworks).

The management systems must address the following:

  • the sea port or airport operations
  • every explosive imported or exported under the licence or permit
  • the condition of the explosive
  • the safety of the explosives for transport
  • confirmation of integrity of security through locks, seals, etc.
  • plans to manage unplanned, credible events where the explosives, packing, shipping container are unsafe, damaged, out of specification or incorrectly classified
  • receipt inspection to confirm the quality and accuracy of supply for quantity and product
  • the representative or agent of the importer who will manage the import during unloading and handling activities
  • contamination and quarantine requirements.

Read more about safety and security management systems.

Non-compliance with safety and security conditions

If any of your imported explosives don't comply with safety and security conditions, they'll be directed to the nearest government explosives reserve for de-stuffing, inspection and storage until you can rectify the problem. The first journey provisions of the Australian explosives code are then no longer relevant.

If you have 2 or more consecutive shipments of the same products with the same safety and security non-compliances, your next shipment may be directed to the nearest government explosives reserve for de-stuffing, inspection and storage.

This tightened inspection approach helps identify and rectify the root cause of the non-compliance and ensures it doesn't reoccur. The tightened inspections continue until you have 2 consecutive imports without the same non-compliances.

The Explosives Inspectorate encourages importers and exporters to use photographic-based journals to prove compliance at the time of consignment.