On 16 June 2021, the Governor in Council has made the Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Interim Regulations 2021 (Interim Regulations). These new regulations commenced on 20 June 2021.

The Interim Regulations extend the operation of the Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Regulations 2011 (DG Explosives Regulations), made under the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 (the DG Act), which are due to sunset on 21 June 2021. The Interim Regulations will be in place for 12 months until 19 June 2022.

The Interim Regulations will ensure any recommendations arising from the comprehensive independent review of the DG Actand associated regulations (the Review), which is currently underway, can be considered for the remaking of the DG Explosives Regulations.

The Review is currently considering contemporary issues and challenges in the management of dangerous goods including emerging risks and issues and their impact on the safety of people and property. It will also consider ways to streamline and modernise the DG Act and associated regulations.

The final report is expected to be delivered to the Minister for Workplace Safety, Ingrid Stitt, in December 2021.

Importantly, there are no substantive changes between the Interim Regulations and the DG Explosives Regulations. Changes are confined to updating the title, commencement date, references to out-of-date documents and minor amendments to remove redundant provisions, reflect modern drafting techniques and to use inclusive language.

A copy of the Interim Regulations is now available on the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website, here or contact WorkSafe at worksafe.vic.gov.au