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Function VF 150
Dangerous goods
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    Regulation of gunpowder and other explosives under the Importation and Custody of Gunpowder Statute 1864 and the Explosives Act 1877.

    Regulation of dangerous goods to ensure occupational and public safety and for the protection of property

    Enforcement of statutory controls on explosives, flammable liquids and liquified gases, and the promotion of safety in their manufacture, storage, transport, handling and use, including
    Approval of premises, vehicles, equipment and processes
    Issue of licences or permits for the manufacture, importation, storage, sale and use of certain dangerous goods, and for vehicles used for their transport
    Approval of containers for dangerous goods
    Inspection of licensed premises and vehicles
    Investigation of breaches of legislation
    Provision of technical advice and assistance

    Development of planned controls on other dangerous goods (including hazardous chemicals but not radioactive and infectious substances) and the promotion of safe practices in those areas

    Provision of specialist on-scene advice to fire services and police, to assist hazard control in accidents or incidents involving dangerous goods
    accident investigations
    training of police and fire personnel

    Laboratory operations relating to accident investigations, contraventions of regulations, and the testing of dangerous goods

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    Workplace health and safety in general

 
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Background

Further research is required on the early development of the function. There would appear to be an early function which encompassed the storage of explosives for Government use. The dangerous goods function, however, focuses on the regulation of gunpowder and explosives whether stored and used by the Government or businesses/persons.

Further research is required to determine when the function of managing public magazines ceased.

The Importation and Custody of Gunpowder Statute 1864 and the Explosives Act 1877 provided for the appointment of public magazines or the licensing of magazines for the storage of gunpowder. The function therefore initially encompassed both the management of the public magazines and the licensing and inspection of magazines. This was one of the functions of the Department of Trade and Customs. In 1901 the function passed to the Chief Secretary's Department.

In 1965 the Explosives and Gas Examining Branch of the Chief Secretary's Department was transferred to the Mines Department. The Department of Minerals and Energy assumed responsibility in 1977 as successor to the Mines Department.

The Ministry for Employment and Training inherited responsibility in July 1984 for the Explosives Act 1960, the Inflammable Liquids Act 1966, the Liquified Gases Act 1968 and the Liquified Petroleum Gas Act 1958 from the Department of Minerals and Energy. The administrative unit responsible to July 1984 was the Hazardous Materials Division of the Department of Minerals and Energy.

The Dangerous Goods Act 1985, most of which was proclaimed on 1 October 1985, consolidated the law relating to explosives and other dangerous goods, and repealed the Liquid Fuel Act 1941, the Liquified Petroleum Gas Act 1958, the Explosives Act 1960, the Inflammable Liquids Act 1966, the Liquified Gases Act 1968, and the Dangerous Goods (Road Transport) Act 1984. A Dangerous Goods Branch was established in the Ministry of Employment and Training to assume responsibility for the dangerous goods function. Responsibility subsequently passed to the Minister for Employment and Industrial Affairs and the Minister for Labour.

In October 1992 responsibility was transferred to the Minister for Industry and Employment (VRG 116) and then to the Minister for Industry Services (VRG 108). The Chemicals and Plant Safety Division of the Department of Business and Employment (VA 3096) was responsible from October 1992 to 1996. From 1996 administration of the Act has been the responsibility of the Victorian Workcover Authority.

 
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Date of Responsibility Agency Title Agency Number
- 1901 Department of Trade and Customs VA 606
1901 - 1965 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475
1965 - 1977 Mines Department (also known as Department of Mines and Mining Department) VA 612
1977 - 1984 Department of Minerals and Energy VA 611
1984 - 1985 Ministry of Employment and Training VA 704
1985 - 1992 Department of Labour II (known as Department of Employment and Industrial Affairs 1985-1986) VA 2777
1992 - 1996 Department of Business and Employment VA 3096
1996 - 1996 Department of Business and Employment VA 3096
1996 - 1997 Department of State Development II VA 3973
1997 - cont Department of Treasury and Finance VA 3745
 
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- 1901 Trade and Customs VRG 22
1901 - 1965 Chief Secretary VRG 26
1965 - 1977 Mines VRG 30
1977 - 1984 Minerals and Energy VRG 47
1984 - 1992 Labour and Industry VRG 42
1992 - 1992 Industry and Employment VRG 116
1996 - 1999 Treasurer VRG 23
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