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 import/export licence is required to:
- import or export security sensitive ammonium nitrate overseas to or from Western Australia
- supply a security sensitive ammonium nitrate to others who are authorised to possess it.
The security sensitive ammonium nitrate import/export licence is issued for five years.
Each licence is endorsed for a specific type and quantity of security sensitive ammonium nitrate, and for any conditions considered necessary.
Licence holders are not permitted to import or export any security sensitive ammonium nitrate that is not endorsed on the licence.
The import/export licence does not allow the holder to transport, use, store or manufacture a security sensitive ammonium nitrate without additional security sensitive ammonium nitrate licences.
Overseas import or export notification
An import notice or export notice must be lodged with the department’s Chief Officer at least seven days in advance of any consignment of security sensitive ammonium nitrate coming from or going overseas.
|Where is the security sensitive ammonium nitrate coming from or going to?||Approved security sensitive ammonium nitrate||Substances containing more than 45 per cent ammonium nitrate that are not an approved security sensitive ammonium nitrate|
Requires a security sensitive ammonium nitrate import/export licence.
All requirements of the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007, such as special berth approvals, are additional.
An import notice or export notice lodged with the Chief Officer for every consignment, including:
|Import and export is prohibited|
|Between WA and other States and Territories in Australia||
Security sensitive ammonium nitrate import/export licence is not required for the possession and movement in and out of WA, but other dangerous goods licences may apply. For example:
|Manufacture and sale is not permitted in WA|
Consignment entry and exit points
Security sensitive ammonium nitrate imported and exported to and from Western Australia go through various ports or airports. Each location differs in respect to:
- loading and unloading facilities
- load limits on explosives based on safety distances
- security arrangements
- transit storage facilities
- transport routes from the ports or airports.
The types and quantities of security sensitive ammonium nitrate being imported or exported may preclude the use of certain ports or airports. As such, applicants may nominate more than one entry point on their application.
Further information: Importers and exporters of ammonium nitrate should liaise with the relevant port or airport authorities to ensure the entry points they wish to use are approved to handle ammonium nitrate and the quantities involved.
The Department of Transport has information on the four port authorities in Western Australia that manage the State's major ports.
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?
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
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 security sensitive ammonium nitrate applications. 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
Failure to provide the required documentation will delay processing of applications. Most applications are dealt with within approximately 20 business days.
The following information may assist in obtaining the required supporting information.
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. 2, Storage.
See What is required for security sensitive ammonium nitrate licences? for more information on security plans and security clearances.
Further information: It is important that the particular details of the products to be imported or exported are accurately described. Applicants should refer to products by the authorised name, and include the Classification Code and the United Nations (UN) Number.
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 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:
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS)
Mineral House 100 Plain Street
East Perth WA 6004
Or handed in person at:
Level 2, 1 Adelaide Terrace
East Perth WA 6004
Office hours: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Transporting dangerous goods in limited quantities
Reporting an incident
Security sensitive ammonium nitrate licence holders are responsible for reporting accidents and incidents arising from their activities in Western Australia, including unexplained losses or theft.
AS 3846 The handling and transport of dangerous cargoes in port areas is available from Standards Australia.
International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code) is available from the International Maritime Organization. This replaces the Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes (BC Code) 2004.
For any enquiries please contact Dangerous Goods Licensing:
Phone: (08) 9358 8001