Domestic Bore Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to drill wells or bores to access water from underground.

A driller's licence is classified according to the type of aquifer and is endorsed with the drilling methods that may be used. This ensures the skills, knowledge and experience of a driller will match the groundwater protection requirements.

The aim of licensing drillers who carry out bore construction, abandonment or other work on an existing bore is to ensure:

  • the protection of the groundwater resource from contamination, deterioration and undue depletion
  • the long- term economic production of groundwater of the best possible quality.

Please note that a separate works licence is required to authorise each bore or well that is drilled. It is a condition of every works licence issued under legislation that the work is carried out under the direction of a licensed driller.

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 licence you must:

  • submit an application form
  • have some practical experience of water well drilling in the class of license you intend to apply for, usually from working with another licensed driller
  • undergo an oral and written test to show knowledge and skills
  • pay any prescribed fees.

Ongoing requirements

The Drillers' Licensing Board may require an applicant to undergo an oral, written or practical test with respect to:

  • water bore materials and design
  • drilling and bore construction method and techniques
  • an understanding of the relevant parts of the Act.


As indicated on the licence.



Fees for 2016-17.


Fees for 2016-17.



Please apply to the relevant rural water corporation for a licence.

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Act(s) name

Water Act 1989 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Water (Drillers' Licences) Regulations 2012 (Victoria)

Contact details

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Operating address:
8 Nicholson Street
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002
Mailing address:
PO BOX 500
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002


13 61 86


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