What is security sensitive ammonium nitrate (SSAN)?
SSAN is any substance that contains more than 45% ammonium nitrate.
The only exceptions are:
- when it is already categorised as an explosive or
- it is in a water based mixture containing two or more components and the components do not form separate layers when the product is left standing.
When is this licence required?
- A security sensitive ammonium nitrate fertiliser licence is a special licence for primary producers only.
- It is required to purchase, transport, store and use of fertilisers qualifying as a SSAN, in unlimited quantities for the licence holder’s own use. A dangerous goods storage licence is not required.
- The SSAN fertiliser licence is issued for five years.
Some calcium ammonium nitrate products qualify as a security sensitive ammonium nitrate.
Bulk transport of fertiliser
A primary producer must also be a licensed dangerous goods driver to transport fertiliser in bulk on public roads in quantities greater than:
- three tonnes in intermediate bulk containers (IBCs)
- 500 kilograms in bulk (not in IBCs)
A dangerous good vehicle licence is not required.
Please note that if you are storing > 10 T of fertiliser you will be required to apply for a dangerous goods storage licence.
Who can apply?
Licences can be granted to an individual, body corporate or partnership.
Individuals must be at least 21 years of age.
Use of an accredited consultant
For significant quantities of fertiliser it is recommended that those intending to apply for a licence engage a dangerous goods consultant accredited to prepare and submit your application. The consultant will normally complete the application form on the applicant’s behalf, but the intended licensee must sign the application.
Applications submitted without accredited consultant endorsement may take up to three months to process and a checking fee applies. Deficient submissions will take longer to process.
Refer to What is the role of accredited dangerous goods consultants? for a list of consultants.
Required supporting information
The completed application must be signed by the intended licensee and lodged with the following supporting information:
- Security plan
- Security clearance
- Details of any conviction and/or charge pending relating to a relevant offence
- Proof of identity - certified documents showing the name of the entity.
The following information may assist in obtaining the required supporting information
Failure to provide the required documentation will delay processing of applications. Most applications are dealt with within approximately 20 business days.
A security plan is a pre-condition for obtaining a licence. The content of a security plan is prescribed in the Dangerous Goods Safety (Security Sensitive Ammonium Nitrate) Regulations 2007, which require licence holders to develop a written document including a security risk assessment and other prescribed elements.
To assist in developing your security plan, a template has been developed and copies are available from the Department website.
Use of this template is not mandatory; however, the security plan should sufficiently address the national Ammonium Nitrate Guidance Note No.3, Agricultural Use.
See What is required for security sensitive ammonium nitrate licences? for more information on security plans and security clearances.
Security sensitive ammonium nitrate licences are only issued to applicants in possession of a valid security clearance, which is a pre-condition of the licensing process.
For more information on security clearances refer to Security clearances
Applicants must disclose details of any “relevant offence” for which they have been convicted, or have charges pending. A relevant offence is an offence against:
- the Dangerous Goods Safety Act 2004 (Act), or any regulations made under the Act
- a law of another place that substantially corresponds to the Act or the regulations made under it.
Proof of identity
Licences can be issued to an individual, body corporate, partnership or trust.
For more information on proof of identity go to How do I prove my identity?
Only the licence fee for the first year of the licence is to be lodged with the application. Licence fees for subsequent years will be billed annually.
A checking fee applies for new applications without accredited consultant endorsement.
The checking fees are equal to the licence fee payable with the application.
Go to Schedule of fees and charges for more information on licence fees.
Lodging the application
The completed and signed application form must be accompanied by:
- all support documents
- the fee, payable at lodgement
- this can be paid by credit card
- application to be lodged online
Transporting dangerous goods in limited quantities
Reporting an incident
Security sensitive ammonium nitrate licence holders have a responsibility to report incidents and accidents arising from their activities, including unexplained losses or theft.
Accessing security sensitive ammonium nitrate
People with unsupervised access to security sensitive ammonium nitrate require a security clearance (typically a dangerous goods security card). Additionally, the card holder also requires authorisation from the security sensitive ammonium nitrate licence holder to have unsupervised access to the security sensitive ammonium nitrate.
This establishes that the employee has an operational need and the competence to have unsupervised access to security sensitive ammonium nitrate, and gives the person the legal status of a secure nominee.
It is an offence for a security sensitive ammonium nitrate licence holder or secure nominees to allow unsupervised access to security sensitive ammonium nitrate by a person without security clearance.
There are templates available for authorisation of unsupervised and supervised access to security sensitive ammonium nitrate.
A security clearance or authorisation as a secure nominee is required for any unsupervised activity associated with security sensitive ammonium nitrate of any quantity.
For any enquiries please contact Dangerous Goods Licensing:
Phone: (08) 9358 8001