A minor variation allows an operator to deviate from the prescriptive rules in a narrow range of circumstances. In particular, where the prescriptive schedules (Appendices 1-6) are too restrictive but not enough to develop a fully flexible approach (Appendix 7).
Applying for a minor variation
It is advisable to speak with us before you start to develop a minor variation application.
To support your minor variation application you must develop, at a minimum:
- documentation identifying which appendix provision you are operating within and seeking non-compliance against, including the proposed changes and the operations to which the non-compliance relates
- risk assessment and safety case
- hazard identification process.