Licences and permits
In Victoria, licences and permits are issued to individuals and businesses to use agricultural chemicals for a number of purposes.
Further information on these licences and permits is found below.
If you are unsure which applies to your situation seek advice from the Customer Contact Centre on 136 186.
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Which license permit do I need?
Agricultural chemical user permit (ACUP)
Required to use high risk agricultural chemicals on your own or your employer’s property, crop or commodity. High risk chemicals include 'restricted use' chemicals, products containing gaseous methyl bromide, phosphine formulated as liquified gas, pindone concentrate for the preparation of poison baits and copper chromium arsenic for treating timber.
Commercial operator licence (COL)
Required to use agricultural chemicals on another person’s property, crop or commodity for a fee or reward (i.e. contractors). Use includes all ground-based spraying, spreading, or dispersing of agricultural chemical (i.e. excludes aerial).
Agricultural aircraft operator licence (AAOL) and Pilot (chemical rating) licence
AAOL is required to operate a business that provides a service of aerially applying agricultural chemicals. PCRL is required by any pilot who aerially sprays agricultural chemicals. These licences include remotely piloted aircrafts and their operator.
Agricultural chemical control areas and permits
Determine whether your property falls into one of Victoria’s nine agricultural chemical control areas (ACCA’s), what restrictions are in place in those areas, and apply for an ACCA permit if required.
Section 25A off-label permit
Required to use 1080 or PAPP products contrary to the Directions for the use of 1080 and PAPP pest animal bait products in Victoria (‘the DfU’).