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To safeguard fair trading and to protect your rights, the Department of Justice and its associated agencies issue licences and certificates and regulate and maintain registers for a selection of industry sectors.

Use the information below to find out where to:

  • apply for different licences or certificates
  • question or appeal a licensing decision
  • complain about a breach of, or dispute about, licence conditions

Select your business or industry below to find the relevant licensing body to contact.

Can't find it?

If the business licence or certificate you are looking for is not listed below, it is not issued or regulated by the Department of Justice or its agencies.

To search a complete list of licensing agencies at all local, state and federal levels, visit the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (External link)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greyhound racing

Greyhound racing (External link) – owners, breeders, catchers, attendants and trainers

Agency: Greyhound Racing Victoria (External link)

Oversights and appeals: Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board, (External link) then Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (External link)

Note: Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner (External link) provides independent oversight of integrity issues across all three racing codes – thoroughbred, harness and greyhound.

 

Harness racing

Harness racing (External link) – drivers, trainers and stable hands 

Agency: Harness Racing Victoria (External link)

Oversights and appeals: Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (External link) then Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (External link)

Note: Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner (External link) provides independent oversight of integrity issues across all three racing codes – thoroughbred, harness and greyhound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Racing and betting permits and licences

The Office of Racing administers a variety of racing and betting permits and licences. These include:

Calcutta sweepstakes are lotteries in which the winner is determined by the outcome of a sporting contingency, such as the Melbourne Cup race. The sweepstakes usually involve the auctioning of drawn tickets.

Clubs wishing to hold Calcutta sweepstakes must obtain approval from the Minister of Racing. To apply, contact the Department of Justice, Office of Racing. Approvals are issued on a perpetual basis.

Permits for mixed sports gatherings authorise:

  • horse, harness or pony races at athletics carnivals, gymkhanas and other sporting or novelty festivals, regardless of whether bookmakers operate or not
  • bookmakers to operate at athletics carnivals, gymkhanas and other sporting or novelty festivals at which no horse, harness or pony races are contested.

Permits are only issued to non-proprietary sporting or community organisations which are raising funds for:

  • charitable purposes
  • the purposes of the organisation

Sporting, community and other non-profit organisations wishing to hold sporting or community events that involve horse racing or the attendance of bookmakers must obtain approval from the Minister of Racing. To apply, contact the Department of Justice, Office of Racing. Approvals are issued on a perpetual basis.

*For information about ANZAC Day race meetings and licences for racing clubs and racecourses, please contact the Department of Justice, Office of Racing.

Agency: to apply for any of the betting and racing licences and permits listed above, contact the Department of Justice, Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.

 

 

 

Security businesses

The Victorian Security Industry Advisory Council

The Victorian Security Industry Advisory Council provides strategic policy advice to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, as the minister responsible for administering the Private Security Act 2004 on:

  • the operation and possible further reform of the regulatory framework for the Victorian private security industry, with a view to improving ethical and professional standards of practice with the industry
  • the effectiveness of the regulation of the Victorian private security industry and any need for reform
  • the strategic directions for regulation of the private security industry
  • specific advice as requested by the minister in relation to the viability of proposals for reform
  • the development of draft policies and procedures relating to the operation of one or more aspects of the private security industry for consideration by the minister.

The council’s membership consists of representatives from a broad range of security industry groups and associations, including Victoria Police as the industry’s regulator, who bring particular expertise and knowledge of the industry in supporting the council in its work.

Private security business licenses (External link) – security guarding (armed and unarmed), crowd control, investigators, bodyguards, trainers

Agency: Victoria Police (External link)

Oversights and appeals: Victoria Police (External link)

Complaints and disputes: Consumer Affairs Victoria (External link)

 

 

Thoroughbred racing

 

 

Working with children

Only people who are engaged in paid or voluntary child-related work are required to apply for a Working with Children Check. To find out if you or your employees or volunteers need a Working with Children Check, visit the Working with Children website (External link)

Agency:  Department of Justice, Working with Children Check Unit (External link)

Oversights and appeals:  Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (External link)

Who's involved

Business Licensing Authority

Responsible for licensing and registration for a number of occupations, including real estate and travel agents

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Victoria's consumer affairs regulator

Greyhound Racing Victoria

Maintains register of greyhound owners, catchers, attendants, breeders and trainers

Harness Racing Victoria

Responsible for regulating and licensing the harness racing industry

Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing

Provides policy advice and support to relevant ministers and statutory bodies

Racing Victoria

Responsible for regulating and licensing the horse racing industry

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Hears and determines licensing-related disputes

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

Independent statutory authority that administers Victoria's gambling and liquor laws

Victoria Police

Responsible for private security business licences, security guarding (armed and unarmed), crowd control, investigators, bodyguards and trainers

Working with Children Check

Assesses a person's suitability to work or volunteer with children, and issues Working with Children cards

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Consumer (External Link)

Consumer Affairs Victoria is Victoria's consumer affairs regulator

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Australian Business Licence and Information Service (External Link)

Find a Victorian licence, certificate, register or Australian licensing agency on the federal business licensing website

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Non-business

Our non-business page covers the Working with Children Check, firearms licences, birth and marriage certificates and more

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Working with Children (External Link)

The Working with Children Check is for people engaged in child-related work and is different to the National Police Record Check

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The Victorian Department of Justice acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.