Applying for a security sensitive ammonium nitrate fertiliser licence

For information regarding application fees please see Schedule of fees and charges.

Security risk substance fertiliser licence - application form - 217 Kb

Use this form to apply for or amend a security sensitive ammonium nitrate fertiliser licence.

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.

Who can apply?

Licences can be granted to an individual, body corporate or partnership.

Individuals must be at least 21 years of age.

Required information

The completed application must be signed by the intended licensee and lodged with:

  • dangerous goods security card
  • supporting documentation, which is the original or the original certified document (where a copy is requested this does not apply)
  • security plan.

See What is required for security sensitive ammonium nitrate licences? for more information on security plans and security clearances.

Failure to provide the required documentation will delay processing of applications. Most applications are dealt with within 20 business days.

Lodging the application

The completed application form, together with relevant documents and the fee payable to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, is to be mailed to:

Resources Safety
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS)
Mineral House 100 Plain Street 
East Perth WA 6004

Or lodged in person at:

Resources Safety
Level 2, 1 Adelaide Terrace
East Perth WA 6004

Office hours: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

Application fee

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:

  • does not apply if a consultant endorses your proposal as complying with the regulations.
  • applies for applications without accredited consultant endorsement.

For information regarding application fees please see Schedule of fees and charges.

Related information

Notification of changes of details

The Chief Dangerous Goods Officer must be notified within 14 days of any material changes to the details on a licence or registration.

Reporting an incident

Security sensitive ammonium nitrate fertiliser licence holders have a responsibility to report incidents and accidents arising from their activities, including unexplained losses or theft.

Other guidance

Security risk assessment and security plan template - SRS fertiliser use - 148 Kb

Use of this template is not mandatory; however, the security plan should sufficiently address the national Ammonium Nitrate Guidance Note No.3, Agricultural Use.

Ammonium nitrate guidance note No.3 - Agricultural Use - 92 Kb

The following National guidance note supports the COAG agreement of 25 June 2004 against inappropriate use of ammonium nitrate.

Licensing and exemptions for storage and handling - guidance note - 194 Kb

This guidance note will assist people wishing to store, handle or process dangerous goods in Western Australia to determine whether licensing applies and, if so, what information is required for the licensing process.

Applicable legislation

Overview of security sensitive ammonium nitrate regulations - information sheet - 290 Kb

This document is for guidance only and the definitive statutory requirements are contained in the Dangerous Goods Safety (Security Sensitive Ammonium Nitrate) Regulations 2007.

Contact details

For any enquiries please contact Dangerous Goods Licensing:
Phone: (08) 9358 8001
Email: cso@dmirs.wa.gov.au