Scheduled carcinogen licence

Carcinogenic substances are hazardous substances that can cause cancer. There are three classes of substance that WorkSafe issues licences for.

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About the Licence

Carcinogenic substances are hazardous substances that can cause cancer. There are three classes of substance that WorkSafe issues licences for:

  • Class 1 (Schedule 10 carcinogen in a laboratory only)
  • Class 2 (Schedule 11 carcinogen in a workplace other than laboratory)
  • Class 3 (Schedule 11 carcinogen in laboratory only)

You must have a licence if you intend to use schedule 10 or 11 carcinogenic substances.

Class 1: Schedule 10 carcinogenic substances

  • 2-Acetylaminofluorene
  • Aflatoxins
  • 4-Aminodiphenyl
  • Benzidine (including benzidine dihydrochloride)
  • Bis(chloromethyl) ether
  • Chloromethyl methyl ether (technical grade)
  • 4-Dimethylaminoazobenzene
  • 2-Naphthylamine
  • 4-Nitrodiphenyl

Class 2 and Class 3: Schedule 11 carcinogenic substances

  • Acrylonitrile
  • Benzene – when used as a feedstock containing more than 50% benzene by volume
  • 3,3'-Dichlorobenzidine and its salts
  • Diethyl sulphate
  • Dimethyl sulphate
  • Ethylene dibromide – when used as a fumigant
  • 4,4'-Methylene bis(2-chloroaniline)
  • 3-Propiolactone
  • o-Toluidine and o-Toluidine hydrochloride
  • Vinyl chloride monomer

Fee summary


$120.80

Per hour (up to a maximum of $1,328.70).


5 years

This licence is valid for 5 years.

You will be notified of this fee after your application has been processed and an inspection has been conducted in the intended workplace where the scheduled carcinogen will be used.

A licence processing fee of 7.9 fee units per hour with a maximum of 86.9 fee units applies to this application.

Fees for a carcinogen licence are based on fee units and subject to change each financial year on 1 July.

Apply or renew the licence

Site assessment before a licence is granted

WorkSafe will inspect all carcinogenic substance licence, and licence renewal, application sites to assess and verify the information provided in the application. The criteria for renewal are the same as for initial licence issue.

Risk profile

Employers and self-employed persons require a licence to use a Schedule 1 carcinogen in a laboratory. Use of Schedule 1 carcinogens is prohibited in workplaces other than laboratories.

Employers and self-employed persons require a licence to use a Schedule 2 carcinogen in a  workplace other than a laboratory.

Applicant’s legislative requirements

To apply for a licence to use Schedule 10 or 11 carcinogenic substances, applicants must:

  • Provide all the information required in the Licence to use a Scheduled Carcinogen  application form and submit the form to the Authority; and
  • Provide additional information if requested by the Authority to complete the application.

Contact WorkSafe's licensing branch

To check the progress of an application or if you need assistance, contact the Licensing Branch at:

Licensing Branch
PO Box 279
Geelong Vic 3220

Phone 1300 852 562
Fax 1800 060 727
Email [email protected]