INCREASING the security requirements for explosives in Tasmania will be debated in State Parliament this week.
the Security-sensitive Dangerous Substances Amendment Bill 2008 seeks to declare explosives as a scheduled substance under the Security-Sensitive Dangerous Substances Act 2005.
Under the proposed arrangements, any person who has unrestricted access to explosives will either require a Security Sensitive Dangerous Substances (SSDS) Permit, or need to be identified as a ‘responsible worker’ under a SSDS Permit.
This will include anyone who uses, stores, transports, manufactures, imports or exports explosives.
The Government said it was simplifying the administration of controls on explosives and making it easier for industry to comply with government regulation.
“Current licensing arrangements for explosives will be abolished and replaced with a new, simpler regulatory system,” the Government said.
Licenses that will be abolished include seller’s licences, keeper’s licences, import and export licences and manufacturer’s licences.
All of these functions will be regulated under the SSDS Permit.
Shot firer’s permits and bulk vehicle driver’s licences will be retained as evidence a person is competent to use or transport explosives.
There will be a six month transition period applied to allow industry to adjust to the new arrangements.
Under the proposed arrangements, an application for an SSDS Permit will require individuals to:
- demonstrate a legitimate need to handle explosives
- submit a security plan outlining the arrangements for the secure storage, handling and use of explosives
- agree to police and national background checking for anyone with unrestricted access to the explosives handled under the permit
Further information on the new arrangements is available from www.wst.tas.gov.au.