On 18 August 2004, Australia became a party to two international agreements relating to the trade of certain hazardous chemicals. These agreements are the:
- Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
- Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade
To implement these conventions, controls on import, manufacture, use and export have been introduced under the:
The Agvet Regulations prohibit certain activities in relation to these chemicals either absolutely or subject to conditions. The Customs Regulations complement the Agvet Regulations by introducing controls at the border. For information on the import, export and use of chemicals listed under these conventions, please see the following links
Applications for permission to import chemicals controlled under the Stockholm Convention must be made using the online permit application system.