Licence to Operate a Major Hazard Facility - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this registration if you intend to operate a major hazard facility. Major hazard facilities are industrial sites which store, handle or process large quantities of hazardous chemicals and dangerous goods, including petroleum products. For example, oil refineries, chemical manufacturing sites, gas-processing plants, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) facilities, and some warehouses and transport depots.

This licence does not apply to pipelines issued under pipelines or gas industry legislation.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To operate a major hazard facility, you must hold a licence or the facility must be registered with WorkSafe pending the issue of a licence. To be eligible for this registration you must:

  • store certain quantities of Scheduled substances (see the Regulations) at your facility
  • submit any forms and documentation as required by the Agency
  • pay any prescribed fees.
You will need to notify the Agency within 30 days if you have, or will have, at your facility more than 10 percent of the threshold quantity (but less than their threshold quantity) of substances specified in Schedule 9 of the Regulations. The Agency will then determine whether your facility will need to be licensed.Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing requirements

It is an ongoing requirement of this approval that you abide by all industry legislation and codes of practice and any specific conditions on the approval. You must provide any relevant records and information as required by the authority, and you must notify the Authority of any licence detail changes in writing.

You may need to have an annual inspection, and regular on-site visits from the Agency.


Registration is issued for a maximum 30 months, with an option to extend for a further 6 months. The licence issued up to 5 years.



The fee varies based on the time required to assess the safety case. It is capped at $56 560.



Application for Licence to Operate a Major Hazard Facility - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.



Please lodge an application form, fees, and any associated documents directly with the Agency. It is advisable to discuss your application with the Agency before you formally apply.

Approval time

Approximately 30 days, although legislation allows up to 90 days.

Administering agency

Department of Treasury and Finance
WorkSafe Victoria

Act(s) name

Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Branch
Department of Treasury and Finance
WorkSafe Victoria

Operating address:
222 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
PO BOX 4293
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


03 9641 1555


1800 136 089

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