​Handling dangerous cargoes 

Dangerous goods notifications

Notification of the intention to transport or handle dangerous goods (DG) cargoes, in the port of Melbourne must be given to Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM) 24 hours before the arrival of cargo in the port area.

DG Hub is the VPCM communication portal for advance notification of all dangerous goods cargoes.

Go to DG Hub 

DG guidelines, plans and forms

Guidelines, plans and forms to help port stakeholders in the handling of dangerous goods are available from the links below.

Guidelines and plans


Applications for authorities for hazardous port activities

As a part of VPCM’s commitment to continual improvement all PDF forms for hazardous port activities have been replaced with an online form.

Use the online form to apply for any of the following hazardous port activity authorities:

  • Bulk liquid transfer
  • Dry bulk transfer
  • Bunker & (non-cargo) liquid transfer
  • Hot work

Go to the VPCM online hazardous port activities form.

A brief instruction document is available for guidance (PDF).

For more information and help, please contact VPCM Health & Safety (see below).

Other application forms

These are interactive PDF forms. Please download, open in Adobe Acrobat Reader, type in your information, save and email to VPCM using the email link on the form.

Hazardous port activities guidelines

Guidance about hazardous port activities, including the transfer of bulk cargo, hot work and bunker transfer operations within the port is available from the links below.

For advice on any of the forms or guidelines above, please contact:

VPCM Health and Safety

Tel: +61 3 9644 9744
Email: PortSafety@vicports.vic.gov.au

Handling dangerous cargoes