Primary Production

Agricultural and Veterinary Products Used in Primary Industries, which Contain Chemicals




Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) – http://www.daff.gov.au/


Regulatory standard-setting body


Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) (Statutory Authority FMA) – http://www.apvma.gov.au/

APVMA oversees agricultural chemical products which control pests (including animals, plants or other biological entities) and veterinary products (including chemical products which are used to prevent, diagnose or treat diseases in animals).


Many agricultural/veterinary (Agvet) chemical products may present a risk of poisoning if improperly used, and the outcome of the APVMA’s assessment process is to approve a label containing adequate instructions for the safe and effective use of each product.


In granting registration the APVMA must be satisfied that the use of the product in accordance with those instructions would not pose an undue risk to people, the environment or to trade – and that it would be effective. Agvet chemical products are subject to poisons scheduling consideration through the assessment processes.


Amongst Agvet products registered by the APVMA are chemical products that are used in the household (such as insect sprays and personal insect repellents), products for controlling weeds and plant diseases in the home garden, swimming pool chemicals, and medicines for companion animals such as dogs, cats and horses

Assessment body


Biosecurity Services Group (BSG) – http://www.daff.gov.au/bsg


Ministerial council


Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC) – http://www.mincos.gov.au/about_pimc


Standing committees


Primary Industries Standing Committee (PISC) –http://www.mincos.gov.au/pi_standing_committee


Product Safety and Integrity Committee (PSIC) – http://www.daff.gov.au/agriculture-food/food/regulation-safety/


Animal Welfare and Product Integrity Taskforce (AWPIT) – http://www.daff.gov.au/agriculture-food/food/


Acts and regulations


Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Act 1994


Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Amendment Act 1994




Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994 http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/aavcpola1994626/


Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Code Act 1994http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2005C00459


Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Products Levy Imposition (Customs) Acts 1994 - http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2004C00812




National Registration Scheme for Agvet Chemicals – http://www.apvma.gov.au/about/nrs/index.php


Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) Set by FSANZ and APVMA – http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/foodstandards/
and http://www.apvma.gov.au/residues/standard.php


International bodies


International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products (VICH) – http://www.fda.gov/InternationalPrograms/


FAO Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides - http://www.fao.org/docrep/005/y4544e/y4544e00.htm


Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) –http://www.unitar.org/cwm/ghs