Research, Development and Demonstration Approval - Victoria


You will require this approval if you intend to perform a research, development or demonstration project. This approval is available to all businesses.

Due to the differing nature of commercial activities and genuine research, development or demonstration, this approval is available instead of approval of works. Large projects that pose the same level of risk of environmental impact as an established commercial-scale industrial process will have to undergo the usual works approval.

When a commercial operation is proposed following a research, development or demonstration project, a works approval must be obtained.

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

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Might Need

Works Approval


As specified on the approval.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $888.60

Fees for 2020-21.

Act(s) name

Environment Protection Act 1970 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises and Exemptions) Regulations 2017 Victoria

Application process


Please submit your application form, any associated documents and the fee directly with the Agency.

You will need to attach supporting documentation to your application form outlining the following:

  • Purpose and expected outcomes;
  • Scale and dimension;
  • Duration;
  • Potential environmental impact;
  • Monitoring plans;
  • Contingency plans; and
  • Certificate of Incorporation.

Approval time

Thirty days.

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Environment Protection Authority 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 Officer

Environment Protection Authority Victoria

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Operating address: 200 Victoria Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053
Mailing address: GPO BOX 4395
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 1300 372 842
Fax: 03 9695 2610
Website: Environment Protection Authority Victoria (Opens in new window)