You will require this licence if you intend to operate a business which involves the ground application of agricultural chemicals (e.g. herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, vermin destroyers, avicides or fumigants) or provides any agricultural spraying for fee or reward. This permit covers the use of an approved chemical product, fertiliser or stock food, or a prescribed class of chemical products, fertiliser or stock food.
There are three types of COL endorsements, each with different training requirements:
- commercial use of agricultural chemicals in agriculture or horticulture including forestry, post-harvest treatment and weed / insects / disease control using herbicides
- controlling vermin (rabbits, foxes, birds)
- agricultural or horticultural fumigation.
A licence can have any or all of the endorsements provided the appropriate training is completed. Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
Applications for a Commercial Operator Licence (COL) can be made either by:
- a person with operational responsibility for the use of agricultural chemicals in the business (this is likely to be the case for owner operators and small businesses where the licence applicant is directly involved in the application of chemical products)
- a director, or their delegate who is authorised to obtain such a licence on behalf of a registered company (this is likely to be the case for large corporate entities where management has no direct involvement in chemical used).
To be eligible for this licence you must:
- submit an application form
- provide information that may be required
- have completed an approved training program
- have a clear criminal record for the last 10 years
- pay any required fees.
Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
You will be required to keep specified records of all chemical applications and to keep these records for a minimum of two years.
Fees for 2016-17.
Please lodge your application form, and any other associated documents directly with the Agency.
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992 (Victoria)
Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2007 (Victoria)
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