Applying for an explosives transport licence

Explosives transport licence - application form - 225 Kb

This form or template is required to apply for an explosives transport licence.

When is this licence required?

An explosives transport licence is required by a prime contractor to transport explosives by road, rail or water.

An explosives transport licence is issued for five years.

A person who drives a road vehicle transporting explosives must hold an explosives driver licence and may only drive for the holder of an explosives transport licence.

All drivers are required to hold a security clearance and be authorised as secure nominees.

Who is a prime contractor?

Under the Dangerous Goods Safety (Explosives) Regulations 2007, the prime contractor is the person who:

  • is conducting a business for or involving the transport of explosives by road and undertakes to be (or is) responsible for the transport of the explosive by road

or

  • undertakes to be (or is) responsible for:
    • the transport of the explosive by rail, or
    • the condition of a rail wagon transporting the explosive by rail

or

  • is conducting a business for or involving the transport of explosives by water and undertakes to be (or is) responsible for the transport of the explosive by water.

A sub-contractor may transport explosives for a licence holder provided they meet the relevant requirements for security clearances and operate within the licence holder’s explosives management plan.

When is an explosives transport licence not required?

An explosives transport licence is not required if the:

  • explosives are exempt under Schedule 7 of the Dangerous Goods Safety (Explosives) Regulations 2007 (e.g. sparklers; cartridges for safety devices or nail guns; emergency devices; ammunition)
  • the prime contractor holds
    • another type of explosives licence and transports explosives in accordance with that licence  (e.g. shotfirer licence, fireworks contractor licence)
    • an equivalent licence in another State or Territory.

Mobile processing units (MPUs) are not subject to explosives transport licensing because they are not permitted to transport explosives on a public road. A separate explosives manufacture licence is required to use MPUs for the manufacture of bulk AN-based explosives.

Recognition of interstate licences

The Western Australian explosives regulations allow for the recognition of similar explosives transport licences issued in another State or Territory of Australia. However, Resources Safety will seek assurance from the licence-issuing authority that the licence-holder’s explosives management plan adequately addresses security matters for transport operations in Western Australia.

Vehicles

The licence can apply to any number of vehicles operated by the explosives transport licence holder.  However, all vehicles used in the transport of explosives must comply with the requirements of the Australian Explosives Code, 3rd edition (AEC3).

Although the vehicles are not required to be individually licensed for explosives transport, information will be sought on the central garaging location where the vehicles can normally be inspected.

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.

Who can apply?

Licences are only 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:

  • supporting documentation, which is the original or the original certified document (where a copy is requested this does not apply)
  • explosives management plan.

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

Application fee

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 the 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 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:

Resources Safety
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.

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

Related information

Notification of changes of details

If you 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

Explosives storage licence holders are responsible for reporting accidents and incidents arising from their activities, including unexplained losses or theft.

Route selection

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?

Importing fireworks from interstate

The holder of a current explosives transport licence can import fireworks from interstate. Notice must be given to the Department 24 hours prior to to the date of the expected arrival by the holder of a current explosives transport licence who imports the firework.

Please use Notifying import of fireworks from interstate to send this notice.

Other guidance

 

Explosives management plan - guide - 631 Kb

This guide and its accompanying template will assist industry to prepare an explosives management plan (EMP). Use of the template is not mandatory but will ensure consistency in its application and streamline the review process.

Explosives management plan - template - 43 Kb

This template records details of the individual nominated responsible for the safety and security of explosives for the licence to which this EMP relates.

Dangerous goods transport hazard overview - template - 306 Kb

This overview highlights the potential issues associated with the transport of dangerous goods in a variety of packaging modes. Primarily, the template is a prompting mechanism for operators to use in evaluating their control of transport hazards.

Security requirements for the management of explosives - information sheet - 119 Kb

This information sheet summarises the applicable requirements and guidance for key issues in the security management of explosives under the Dangerous Goods Safety (Explosives) Regulations 2007 (Explosives Regulations).

Explosives management plan - guide - 631 Kb

This guide and its accompanying template will assist industry to prepare an explosives management plan (EMP). Use of the template is not mandatory but will ensure consistency in its application and streamline the review process.

Requirements for commercial transport of explosives - information sheet - 112 Kb

This information sheet summarises the key explosives transport requirements.

Transport of explosives on roads and at mines - guidance note - 165 Kb

This guidance note assists in identifying the regulatory requirements for the transport of explosives in Western Australia on both public roads and mine sites.

Applicable legislation

Overview of explosives regulations - information sheet - 267 Kb

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