Specialised explosives uses

A person must have a security clearance if applying for a licence or permit relating to security-sensitive explosives.

A licence to use explosives covers specialised uses (as stated on the licence), including:

  • dynamic breaching operations training
  • explosives testing
  • metal forming, and research and development
  • official police duties
  • fireworks testing
  • down-hole perforating
  • demolition
  • training purposes.

The licence allows you to use, purchase, store and transport the explosive in limited quantities.

A specific licence is available for those wanting to use, store and transport security-sensitive ammonium nitrate (SSAN) for agricultural purposes, production processes and laboratories.

Application requirements

Check the application form for a list of requirements and follow the links below for more information:

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:

*Note: If you apply for an occupational authority, your biometric data (digital photo and signature) will be retained while your licence remains current. It will be destroyed if your application is withdrawn or refused, or your licence expires.

Fees and payment options

Licence fees can only be paid via credit card (BPOINT) following submission of the online form. Read more about payment of licence fees.

Licence class Licence period Licence fee
Licence to use explosives 1 year $68.95 (excl. GST)
5 years $344.75 (excl. GST)