Security Clearance for Handling Explosives - New South Wales


You will require this security clearance if you intend to have unsupervised access to explosives or security sensitive dangerous substances. Security sensitive dangerous substances currently refers to security sensitive ammonium nitrate. Explosives include:

  • dangerous goods of Class 1
  • goods too dangerous to be transported
  • articles or substances that, when manufactured, mixed, transported or assembled, can produce an explosive or pyrotechnic effect.

This clearance exists to ensure that you are of good reputation and that you do not pose a security risk to the community if given access to explosives or substances.

Please be aware that corporations can apply for a clearance that covers the whole corporation. However, you must nominate at least one person to hold a security clearance and be responsible for the whole corporation.

You will also require this clearance if you are employed or contracted to work under the direction or control of another person who holds an explosive licence. However, you will not require this clearance if you are working under supervision or working in a supervised area.

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 clearance you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • complete a national probity assessment (the NSW Police will conduct this assessment in relation to your form)
  • produce proof of identity that totals to 100 points (please refer to the guide, which will provide you with details on how you can make these points)
  • be considered a fit and proper person for the purpose of the clearance
  • submit the application form accompanied by any documents (including photographs) that are specified in the application form.

You must hold a security clearance in order to be granted a licence to handle explosives. A security clearance does not authorise you to obtain, possess, transport, use or otherwise handle explosives, you will need to apply for a separate licence. The clearance is a precondition for all explosives licences except the fireworks (single use) licence.


Up to five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $185.00 Fees for 2022-23
General Duplicate Certificate All $37.00 Fees for 2022-23
Renew Renewal All $185.00 Fees for 2022-23


Act(s) name

Explosives Act 2003 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Explosives Regulation 2013 New South Wales

Application process


Your application may be lodged at any Australia Post Office that offers bill-paying services. You will need to provide identification.

Approval time

Up to 28 days

Administering agency

Department of Customer Service

SafeWork NSW

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.