When is this licence required?
- Any person who conducts a business that involves transporting a security sensitive ammonium nitrate on a road that is open to or used by the public, or by rail must hold asecurity sensitive ammonium nitrate transport licence.
- Testing laboratories other than educational institutions require a security sensitive ammonium nitrate transport licence for any quantity of a security risk substance.
- The security sensitive ammonium nitrate transport licence is issued for five years. It is an umbrella licence that covers one or more vehicles to be used in the transport of security sensitive ammonium nitrate.
The application form does not request specific details of individual vehicles but such information must be maintained by the licence holder as part of a documented security plan.
When is a security sensitive ammonium nitrate transport licence not required?
A licence is not required if a person:
- holds a security sensitive ammonium nitrate fertiliser licence and transports for their own use
- holds a shotfirer licence that relates to a security sensitive ammonium nitrate and transports it for their own use
- holds an explosives manufacture licence that relates to a security sensitive ammonium nitrate and transports it in the mobile processing unit (MPU)
- is a secure nominee of the holder of a security sensitive ammonium nitrate transport licence and transports the security sensitive ammonium nitrate in the course of his or her duties
- controls or manages a commercial laboratory or is employed in a laboratory and
- transports a security sensitive ammonium nitrate for analytical or research purposes at the laboratory that does not involve the manufacture of an illegal product
- the quantity transported does not exceed three kilograms
- is employed by an educational institution or government organisation and
- transports a security sensitive ammonium nitrate for analytical, educational or research purposes at the institution or organisation that does not involve the manufacture of an illegal product
- the quantity transported does not exceed three kilograms.
Recognition of interstate licences
A security sensitive ammonium nitrate transport licence is not required if the person holds a current equivalent interstate transport licence.
Interstate licensed dangerous goods drivers who are employed by the holder of such licences do not require a Western Australian dangerous goods driver licence unless they have resided in Western Australia for more than three months.
Use of an accredited consultant
To develop the submission, it is recommended that those intending to apply for a licence engage a dangerous goods consultant accredited to prepare and submit an 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.
Who can apply?
Licences can be granted to an individual, body corporate or partnership.
The intended license holder must have a minimum public liability insurance policy of five million dollars (AUD5,000,000).
The completed application must be signed by the intended licensee and lodged with:
- 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 risk substance 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.
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. The checking fee is equal to the licence fee payable with the application.
For information regarding application and renewal fees please see Schedule of fees and charges.
Lodging the application
You must apply online via the Safety Regulation System (SRS).
This information can then be mailed to:
Department of Mines and Petroleum
Mineral House 100 Plain Street
East Perth WA 6004
Or lodged in person to Resources Safety at 1 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth WA 6004.
For any enquiries please contact Dangerous Goods Licensing:
Phone: (08) 9358 8001
Notification of changes of details
If you hold an explosives driver licence, and have access to SRS, you can log on to SRS to amend any of your personal details. Any change will flow through to other licences you hold.
Reporting an incident
Security sensitive ammonium nitrate storage licence holders have a responsibility to report incidents and accidents arising from their activities, including unexplained losses or theft.
There are general criteria regarding the transportation of dangerous goods and explosives. These are addressed in What are the route restrictions for dangerous goods and explosives transport?