Industrial, Educational, Advisory or Research Permit - Victoria


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 eligibility requirements

Ongoing requirements include:

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




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1343.80

Schedule 8 and / or 9 poisons (alone or including schedule 2, 3, 4 and / or 7 poisons). Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application All $1188.80

Schedule 2, 3, 4 and / or 7 poisons. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Renewal All $288.70

Schedule 2, 3, 4 and / or 7 poisons. Fees for 2017-18.

Renew Renewal All $261.60

Schedule 8 and / or 9 poisons (alone or including schedule 2, 3, 4 and / or 7 poisons). Fees for 2017-18.

Vary Variation All $193.40

Fees for 2017-18.

Lodgement process


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

Administering agency

Department of Health and Human Services

Drugs and Poisons Regulation

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Drugs and Poisons Regulation

Department of Health and Human Services

Phone: 1300 364 545
Fax: 1300 360 830
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