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 supply licence is required to possess and 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.
Supply applies to the supply/sale in bulk lots, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) or in bags.
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 supply any security sensitive ammonium nitrate that is not endorsed on the licence.
When is a security sensitive ammonium nitrate supply licence not required?
Those who supply a security sensitive ammonium nitrate under any of the following licences do not require a security sensitive ammonium nitrate supply licence:
- security sensitive ammonium nitrate import/export licence
- security sensitive ammonium nitrate manufacture licence
- security sensitive ammonium nitrate storage licence
- security sensitive ammonium nitrate transport licence.
A licence is also not required for persons who work in:
- commercial laboratories and use the security sensitive ammonium nitrate for legitimate analytical or research work and the total quantity involved is less than 3 kg
- an educational institution or government organisation and use the security sensitive ammonium nitrate for legitimate analytical, educational or research purposes and the total quantity involved is less than three kilograms.
Storage of security sensitive ammonium nitrate
A security sensitive ammonium nitrate storage licence will be required for any quantity above three kilograms. A condition for this licence is the provision of a documented security plan.
See What is required for security sensitive ammonium nitrate licences? for more information on security plans and security clearances.
If more than 10 tonnes of ammonium nitrate is stored, the site must be licensed under the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007.
If the storage site is classified by the Department’s Chief Dangerous Goods Officer as a major hazard facility (MHF), it will be subject to the Dangerous Goods Safety (Major Hazard Facilities) Regulations 2007 and the requirement to produce a safety report.
Special provisions for the sale of security sensitive ammonium nitrate
The licence holder is responsible for:
- maintaining records of all sales for a minimum of 5 years and the ability to identify theft or loss.
- supplying only to authorised persons over 18 years of age where the following documents are provided by the recipient of the security sensitive ammonium nitrate:
- proof of identify in the form of a passport or motor driver’s licence (with photo)
- evidence that the person is authorised to possess the quantity of security sensitive ammonium nitrate purchased either under the Dangerous Goods Safety (Explosives) Regulations 2007 or similar laws of another State or Territory of Australia
- where packaged, not supplying a security sensitive ammonium nitrate in damaged packaging.
There are exceptions for holders of a shotfiring licence or an explosives manufacture licence who supply a security sensitive ammonium nitrate to another party in the course of providing a service.
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
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
- 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.
- Resources Safety will take into account the activities and nature of the work at the storage site, the storage of any dangerous goods and separation distances to determine the maximum quantities that can be stored at any one time.
- Failure to provide the required documentation will delay processing of applications. Most applications are dealt with within 20 business days.
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, including unexplained losses or theft.
For any enquiries please contact Dangerous Goods Licensing:
Phone: (08) 9358 8001