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Plastic explosives

If you are dealing with plastic explosives, you must comply with Australian law.

The law on plastic explosives is summarised in this fact sheet:

For more information, email us at marplex@ag.gov.au.

Importing plastic explosives

If you intend to import plastic explosives you will need to complete and submit the following forms:

If you intend to import an unmarked plastic explosive, you will also need to complete and submit the following application:

Exporting plastic explosives

If you intend to export plastic explosives, you must get a permit from Defence Export Controls within the Department of Defence.
 
If you intend to export an unmarked plastic explosive, you will also need to complete and submit the following application:

Dealing with unmarked plastic explosives

Unmarked plastic explosives are those that do not have a minimum concentration of one of the prescribed chemical detection agents incorporated into the plastic explosive.

It is an offence to manufacture, possess, traffic in or import and export unmarked plastic explosives, unless the Attorney‑General has given you written permission.

We recommend you complete and submit all relevant forms at least six weeks before goods are due to arrive in Australia and/or the date you will need the authorisation.

State and territory law on plastic explosives

Each state or territory has its own laws on plastic explosives.

You must comply with each state or territory law and get a licence or permit to use explosives in that state or territory. You will need to obtain a state or territory licence or permit before you are granted approval to import plastic explosives.

For more information on state and territory explosive licence or permit requirements, visit: