LATEST - Public consultation on the first tranche of proposed changes to agricultural and veterinary chemical regulations is now open. Please read the consultation paper and related exposure drafts of the regulation changes for more information. The closing date for submissions is 20 February 2019.
The Australian Government recognises the need to continue improving the regulation of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines (agvet chemicals). The aim is to give farmers and other users access to newer and better chemical products, while ensuring the integrity of Australia’s agvet chemicals regulatory framework.
We have continued to consult with stakeholders on potential agvet chemical reforms. Arising from this, the government has prepared two Bills for the parliament’s consideration:
- The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Operational Efficiency) Bill 2017 was introduced into the Australian Parliament on 25 October 2017 and is currently in the Senate.
- The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2018 was introduced into the Australian Parliament on 18 October 2018.
Collectively, the two Bills aim to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the national system for regulating agvet chemicals.
We are also developing regulation amendments to improve the regulation of agvet chemical products.
The proposed amendments would better balance regulatory effort with risk, improve the flexibility and responsiveness of the regulatory framework and remove unnecessary restrictions. They include measures to extend the range of applications that can be assessed as timeshift applications and to declare a limited range of substances to not be agvet chemical products (so they will not be regulated by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority). These amendments would also support measures in the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Operational Efficiency) Bill 2017.
We anticipate that further amendments to regulations will follow, including those relating to other measures in the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2018. This will include regulation changes to support the data protection incentives measure (Part 3 of the Streamlining Regulation Bill—‘Limits on use of information’) in relation to agricultural chemical products. We expect to consult on these in the first half of 2019.