The Dangerous Goods Act 1985 (DG Act) and related regulations aim to keep people and property safe from dangerous goods and explosives.
Dangerous Goods Act 1985
The purpose of the Act includes
promoting the safety of people and property in relation to storing, handling, manufacturing, transporting, transferring, selling, importing, disposing of and using dangerous goods, and importing explosives into Victoria
ensuring associated risks and security concerns are properly managed and incidents are reported immediately to the emergency services and inspectors
regulating and where necessary preventing the import, export, supply and disposal of dangerous goods
protecting the health and safety of workers and the general public.
WorkSafe monitors and implements the DG Act. For example we:
manage licensing for: those handling, storing, selling, importing, exporting, manufacturing, supplying and using high consequence dangerous goods and those storing, selling, importing, using and transporting explosives
provide guidance and support to occupiers and owners of premises to help them manage risks and security concerns associated with explosives and high consequence dangerous goods
publish practical guidance about duties and obligations under dangerous goods laws
when required, prosecute those who are in breach of the Dangerous Goods Act
implement the Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code
Regulations made under the Act
Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2022: sets out the requirements for safely storing and handling dangerous goods.
Dangerous Goods (Transport by Road or Rail) Regulations 2018: sets out the obligations of people involved in transporting dangerous goods by land and gives effect to the standards, requirements and procedures of the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road & Rail (ADG Code)
Dangerous Goods (HCDG) Regulations 2016: explains how to manage risks associated with explosives and high consequent dangerous goods (HCDG) security concerns and how to regulate access to HCDG.
Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Regulations 2022: explains the obligations for ensuring the safety of people and property in relation to:
the manufacture, storage, sale, transport, use, disposal and import of explosives
the management of risks arising out of security concerns associated with explosives
the safe location of vessels containing explosives while in port
prohibit the misuse of explosives
The DG Act also has a relationship to the Environment Protection Act 1970 and the National Environment Protection Council (Victoria) Act 1995 for the transportation of prescribed waste or prescribed industrial waste.