Security plan for sellers of security-sensitive explosives

You must provide a copy of your security plan when you apply for a licence to sell explosives.

What goes in the plan

The security plan must identify all security-related risks to the explosives that may affect an individual, property and information kept by you about the explosives.

Your security plan should outline how you'll ensure that:

  • explosives are secure
  • theft or break-ins can be stopped, delayed and/or easily detected
  • you have accurate record keeping and accounting
  • the explosives are delivered to the appropriate purchaser
  • the chain of possession of all explosives can be traced from you to the buyer's delivery point (including the seller, transporter and magazine keeper of the receiving store as appropriate)
  • information about explosives and their location, quantities, performance, transport routes and delivery arrangements is available only to authorised and appropriate personnel
  • suspicious incidents are reported to you, the police and the Explosives Inspectorate
  • all personnel in the chain of possession who have unsupervised access to the security-sensitive explosives are cleared for this and for the explosives associated with the purchase order and delivery.

Review requirements

You must review your security plan every year, and whenever there is a change in the national counter-terrorism alert level or level of risk.

You must also review your security plan whenever you experience any of the following:

  • loss of explosives or a stock discrepancy that cannot be accounted for
  • unauthorised entry or attempted break-in to your explosives storage place
  • theft of explosives
  • explosives obtained fraudulently
  • intentional damage to one of your explosives facility
  • loss or theft of information about explosives
  • failure to deliver a shipment by the expected delivery time.

Other licence holders in the chain of possession

All licence holders in the chain of possession of security-sensitive explosives must have security plans that complement your security plan. This includes people who:

  • buy security-sensitive explosives (e.g. shotfirer, fireworks contractor)
  • sell or store explosives
  • are third parties in the process, such as transporters and other handlers.