Licence to Access High Consequence Dangerous Goods (HCDG) - Victoria


You will need this licence to access high consequence dangerous goods (HCDG). This applies to importing, exporting, manufacturing, selling, using, transporting, transferring, disposing of, or supplying HCDG.

Dangerous goods are substances and articles that are potentially hazardous to people and property. They may be corrosive, flammable, explosive, spontaneously combustible, oxidising or reactive with water. Certain dangerous goods are declared by the Agency to be HCDG.

An employee or contractor of a licence holder will not require this licence provided they are supervised by the licence holder or hold a permit authorising unsupervised access to HCDG.

Service type


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


Exemptions may apply for certain educational or scientific research activities.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • demonstrate a lawful need for access to HCDG
  • be a resident of Victoria (individual applicants) or carry on business in Victoria (corporate applicants)
  • not have committed any serious offences in the past ten years that indicate that you may be a security risk
  • pass a security assessment
  • provide a security plan for the activities to be covered by the licence
  • provide all of the information required in the Authority's Application for a HCDG licence form
  • provide proof of Identification and consent to the Authority to obtaining certain information
  • pay the application fee.


Up to five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $124.15

Fees for 2024-25

Comply Miscellaneous All $21.40

ASIO security assessment. Fees for 2024-25

Comply Miscellaneous All $42.80

National police check. Fees for 2024-25

Renew Duplicate Certificate All $75.30

Fee for 2024-25

Vary Variation All $31.05

Licence amendment. Fees for 2024-25

Act(s) name

Dangerous Goods Act 1985 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Dangerous Goods (HCDG) Regulations 2016 Victoria

Application process


Please ensure you include all the required documentation with your application, as detailed on the application documents.

Lodgement process


Please lodge your application and associated documentation directly with the Licensing Branch at WorkSafe Victoria.

Approval time

Within 30 days

Administering agency

Department of Treasury and Finance

WorkSafe Victoria

Contact details

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