Commercial Operator Licence (COL) - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to operate a business which involves the ground application of agricultural chemicals (e.g. herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, vermin destroyers, avicides or fumigants) or provides any agricultural spraying for fee or reward. This permit covers the use of an approved chemical product, fertiliser or stock food, or a prescribed class of chemical products, fertiliser or stock food.

There are three types of COL endorsements, each with different training requirements:

  • commercial use of agricultural chemicals in agriculture or horticulture including forestry, post-harvest treatment and weed / insects / disease control using herbicides
  • controlling vermin (rabbits, foxes, birds)
  • agricultural or horticultural fumigation.

A licence can have any or all of the endorsements provided the appropriate training is completed.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Applications for a Commercial Operator Licence (COL) can be made either by:

  • a person with operational responsibility for the use of agricultural chemicals in the business (this is likely to be the case for owner operators and small businesses where the licence applicant is directly involved in the application of chemical products)
  • a director, or their delegate who is authorised to obtain such a licence on behalf of a registered company (this is likely to be the case for large corporate entities where management has no direct involvement in chemical used).

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • submit an application form
  • provide information that may be required
  • have completed an approved training program
  • have a clear criminal record for the last 10 years
  • pay any required fees.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You will be required to keep specified records of all chemical applications for a minimum of two years.


Three years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $571.10

Fees for 2021-22

Act(s) name

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2017 Victoria

Application process


Please lodge your application form, and any other associated documents directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Agriculture 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:

Project Officer Licensing

Agriculture Victoria

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Mailing address: PO BOX 2500
Bendigo, Victoria 3554
Phone: 13 61 86
Website: Agriculture Victoria (Opens in new window)