Industrial, Educational, Advisory or Research Permit - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to obtain or purchase poisons or controlled substances for industrial, educational, advisory or research purposes. Permits may be issued for Schedule 8 or 9 poisons, or any Schedule 8 or 9 poison plus any Schedule 2, 3, 4 or 7 poison.

Descriptions of different poisons and controlled substances can be found below:

  • Schedule 2 substances: for therapeutic use, including certain pain relief medications, cough mixtures and travel sickness preparations, which may require advice from a pharmacist for safe use. These substances can only be sold from a pharmacy, or where a pharmacy service is unavailable, an appropriately licensed person.
  • Schedule 3 substances: for therapeutic use, which requires professional advice for safe use.
  • Schedule 4 substances: restricted to medical, dental or veterinary prescription or supply, together with substances or preparations intended for therapeutic use still under evaluation.
  • Schedule 7 substances: have a high potential for causing harm to humans and includes strychnine, cyanide and hazardous agricultural and veterinary chemicals.
  • Schedule 8 substances: drugs that have legitimate therapeutic uses, but also have addictive or abuse potential and hence require special controls.
  • Schedule 9 substances: have no therapeutic use, but are subject to abuse and are only available for research purposes.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit you must:

  • complete an application form
  • nominate a Responsible Person
  • submit all required documentation
  • pay the prescribed fees.

Ongoing requirements

Ongoing requirements include:

  • providing records and information as required by the agency
  • maintaining a poisons control plan
  • complying with inspections by the agency.





Schedule 8 and / or 9 poisons (alone or including schedule 2, 3, 4 and / or 7 poisons). Fees for 2016-17.


Schedule 2, 3, 4 and / or 7 poisons. Fees for 2016-17.


Schedule 2, 3, 4 and / or 7 poisons. Fees for 2016-17.


Fees for 2016-17.


Schedule 8 and / or 9 poisons (alone or including schedule 2, 3, 4 and / or 7 poisons). Fees for 2016-17.



Please submit your application on the approved form, and all accompanying documentation, directly to the Agency accompanied by the required fee.

Administering agency

Drugs and Poisons Regulation

Act(s) name

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2006 (Victoria)

Contact details

Drugs and Poisons Regulation

Mailing address:
GPO BOX 4541
Melbourne, Victoria 3001





Website: Opens in a new browser window

Supporting information


The information contained on the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) web site, or via packages or other sources is intended for general guidance only.

To the full extent permitted by law, the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments make no representations or warranties (expressed or implied) in relation to the information, including its accuracy, currency or completeness.

The business information provided does not constitute professional or legal advice, nor is the use of any third party resource an endorsement of the information contained, the associated organisation, product or service. It is recommended that you obtain appropriate professional and /or independent legal advice to ensure that the material provided here is relevant to your particular circumstances.

To the full extent permitted by law the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments, their employees and agents do not accept any liability for any reason, including without limitation, liability in negligence, to any person for the general information which is provided herein, or in respect of anything, including the consequences of anything done, or not done, by any such person in whole or partial reliance upon the information.