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What is a major hazard facility?

Major hazard facilities (MHFs) are industrial sites that store, handle or process large quantities of hazardous chemicals and dangerous goods, including petroleum products.

Examples include:

  • Oil refineries
  • chemical manufacturing sites
  • gas-processing plants
  • LPG facilities
  • some warehouses and transport depots.

Victoria has approximately 35-45 major hazard facility sites on average at any one time. These sites must comply with stringent legal requirements, including preparation of a safety case and a licence to ensure they are operated safely.

View the list of Victoria's approved major hazards facilities.