Licence to Operate a Major Hazard Facility - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to operate a major hazard facility. A major hazard facility (MHF) is a facility where large quantities of hazardous materials and dangerous goods are stored, handled and / or processed. The materials and goods are listed in the schedule 14 of the regulations.

This application process consists of three steps:

  1. Notification - you must notify WorkSafe in writing before operations commence if you intend to operate a MHF, within 30 days if you store over 10% of the threshold quantities for dangerous goods or immediately if you store 100% of the threshold quantities
  2. Registration - if you are determined to be a MHF your facility will be registered. You will then have 30 months to achieve full safety compliance including a licence to operate an MHF.  A safety case will need to be submitted within 24 months.
  3. Licensing - if all the licensing requirements are met, the agency will grant you a licence.

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 prepare a safety case within 24 months of your registration, that demonstrates that appropriate measures have been taken to ensure that the facility can operate safely.

Ongoing eligibility 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.


This licence can be valid for up to 5 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Notification. No fees apply.

Apply Application All Registration. No fees apply.
Apply Application All

Licence fees vary and are determined on the time required to assess the safety case. Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.

Act(s) name

Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 Victoria

Application process


To apply, lodge the application form, fee and the following associated documents directly with the Agency:

  • evidence of identity
  • a photograph (if specified by the authority)
  • details of your licence history
  • details of any occupational health and safety convictions
  • a list of the schedule 14 materials you will store, handle or process
  • the declaration and consent signed by the applicant.

It is advisable to discuss your application with the Agency before you formally apply.

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Licensing Branch

WorkSafe Victoria

Department of Treasury and Finance

Operating address: 1 Malop Street
Geelong, Victoria 3220
Mailing address: GPO BOX 4293
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 03 9641 1555
Website: WorkSafe Victoria (Opens in new window)