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Explosive Storage and Transport Committee

The Director Ordnance Safety is the technical regulator of EO storage and transport activities within Defence.
Technical regulation includes development of Defence policy covering the storage and transport of EO. This activity includes the development of Defence Explosive Ordnance Publications (DEOPs) and Defence Instructions (DIs) and participation in the continuing development of the Australian Explosives Code.

A key activity is the compilation of the Defence Explosive Ordnance Classification Listing (DEOCL), which is published on the Defence Intranet. To access the DEOCL, which is located within the DOS Publications section of the intranet please contact the Directorate of Ordnance Safety via email,

DOS continues to sponsor international trials programs relating to the storage of EO. These trials are aimed at improving Australia's existing high safety standards for EO storage techniques in quantity-distance functions and building design and have resulted in changes to international best practices as promulgated through the NATO EO storage principles.

eDEOP 101 - Department of Defence Explosives Regulations establishes the explosive ordnance (EO) safety principles to be used as a guide by all elements of the Department of Defence and the Australian Defence Force. eDEOP 101 comprises Principles for Handling, Hazard Classification and Mixing Rules, Quantity Distance Principles, Construction Criteria for EO Facilities, Design Environment Criteria, Electromagnetic Radiation Hazards and Explosives Risk Management. The guidance in eDEOP 101 is necessarily broad and is intended for authorities responsible for all aspects of EO management relating to the storage, transport and handling of EO.

Reference Links

Australian Code for the Transport of Explosives by Road and Rail - Edition 3 - 2009

List of Authorised Commonwealth Explosives *As defined at Regulation 5 of the Explosives Transport Regulations, 2002, NO.92.