Applying for a security sensitive ammonium nitrate fertiliser licence

Security sensitive ammonium nitrate fertiliser licence - application form - 780 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.

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.

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.

Security plan

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.

Security risk assessment and security plan template - SSAN 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.

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

Security clearance

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

Relevant offence

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?

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 applies for new applications without accredited consultant endorsement.

The checking fees are equal to the licence fee payable with the application.

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

Lodging the application

The completed application form, together with supporting documents and the fee(s) 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 handed in person at:

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

Office hours: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

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 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.

Meaning of ‘controlled by the other person’ for security purposes - information sheet - 232 Kb

This information sheet covers many of the licences with activities involving explosives and security sensitive ammonium nitrate that require the possession of a valid dangerous goods security card.

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.

Authorisation to secure nominees for unsupervised access to explosives or security sensitive ammonium nitrate - template - 38 Kb

This template records details of the authorisation to secure nominees for unsupervised access to explosives or security sensitive ammonium nitrate.

Authorisation for supervised access to explosives or security sensitive ammonium nitrate - template - 37 Kb

This template records details of the authorisation for supervised access to explosives or 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.

Other guidance

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.

Code of practice - Safe storage of solid ammonium nitrate - 2437 Kb

This code of practice provides practical guidance on managing many of the risks associated with AN.

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.

Overview of security sensitive ammonium nitrate regulations - information sheet - 289 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.

Applicable legislation

Contact details

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