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Applying for a licence to manufacture explosives

You must have a security clearance if you are applying for a licence or permit for a security-sensitive explosive.

A licence to manufacture explosives allows you to:

  • manufacture certain explosives at a designated location
  • purchase, possess and store certain explosives at a designated location.

We issue 3 types of licences, depending on whether the explosives will be made:

  • at an explosives factory
  • at a place of use that's not an explosives factory, such as a mine site
  • in a mobile manufacturing unit (vehicle-based) for blasting explosives.

The licence for a mobile manufacturing units (MMUs) allows the transport of certain explosives and their ingredients.

Application requirements

Check the application form for a list of requirements, including requirements for security clearances and a safety and security management system.

Publicly listed corporations must appoint a responsible person for explosives matters if they have not already done so.

How to apply

Your application should include:

Fees and payment options

Read about payment options and make sure you include an acceptable methods of payment form (PDF, 361KB) with your application.

Fees for licences to manufacture

Licence class Licence type Licence fee and period
Licence to manufacture explosives For an explosives factory other than a mobile manufacturing unit 1 year  {{ 35349 }}
5 years  {{ 35348 }}
Licence to manufacture explosives For a mobile manufacturing unit 1 year  {{ 35351 }}
5 years  {{ 35350 }}
Licence to manufacture explosives For a place of use that's not an explosives factory 1 year  {{ 35353 }}
5 years  {{ 35352 }}

Obligations of licence holders

Licence holders must follow the conditions of their licence, including manufacturing only authorised explosives.

They must not supply explosives to anyone not authorised to possess the explosives.

Persons transporting an explosive in a mobile manufacturing unit must comply with the code of practice for mobile processing units, edition 3, June 2014 (PDF, 434KB).

For storing and handling explosives, read the code of practice for storage and handling and explosives (PDF, 2.4MB).