Registration of Cooling Tower Systems - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this registration if you own a property that has an operating cooling tower system. A cooling tower system is an air

Cooling tower systems are often associated with air-conditioning systems and industrial processes including dry cleaning, plastic injection moulding and some dairy farming.

The owner of land on which there is an operating cooling tower system has a legal responsibility to ensure that the cooling tower system is registered. Registration is required to ensure high maintenance standards and to minimise the incidence of water based bacteria such as legionella.

A cooling tower system is defined as:

  • a cooling tower, or a number of interconnected cooling towers that use the same re-circulating water
  • any machinery that is used to operate the tower or towers
  • any associated tanks, pipes, valves, pumps or controls.

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 be eligible for this registration you must:

  • submit an application form
  • provide any accompanying documentation where required such as a Risk Management Plan and audit plans
  • pay the prescribed fee.

If there are multiple cooling tower systems on your property, you may submit one application covering all of the cooling tower systems.

Ongoing requirements

Ongoing requirements include:

  • you must notify the agency within 30 days of any changes to registration such as a change in ownership or decommissioning of the cooling tower
  • preparing a risk management plan for the cooling tower system
  • reviewing the risk management plan once a year
  • conducting an annual risk management plan audit.


One to three years.



One year. Fees for 2016-17.

Application$195.20Two years. Fees for 2016-17.
Application$285.80Three years. Fees for 2016-17.



Please read the accompanying documents and submit your application directly to the Agency.

Administering agency

Department of Health and Human Services
Legionella Program

Act(s) name

Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 (Victoria)

Contact details

Registration and Licensing
Department of Health and Human Services
Legionella Program

Mailing address:
GPO BOX 4057
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Toll Free:

1800 248 898

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