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Explosives regulation affects everyone who imports, manufactures, transports, stores, supplies, uses and exports explosives in Australia.

In 2012, COAG asked WHS ministers to move ahead with national consistency in explosives regulation where there were clear benefits to be derived.

  • As requested by WHS ministers, we are moving ahead with this work through the Strategic Issues Group on Explosives (SIG-Explosives). It is made up of representatives from the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, industry and employee organisations.

Current regulatory system for explosives in Australia

The Commonwealth, states and territories are responsible for regulating and enforcing explosives laws in their jurisdictions.

Work is currently underway to progress greater consistency of explosives regulation.

In October 2016, WHS ministers agreed to move ahead with reforms outlined in the Explosives Regulation in Australia: Decision Regulation Impact Statement.

The reforms focus on developing nationally consistent approaches in the following four areas:

  • the definition of explosives
  • the licensing framework
  • notification processes
  • the explosives authorisation process.

It is expected that example provisions in these four reform areas will be available to jurisdictions for amending their explosives legislation by mid-2017.

Further advice

SWA is not a regulator and cannot advise you about explosives compliance. If you need help, please contact your state or territory work health and safety authority.



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