The overall Department of Health and Ageing regulatory plan deals with changes within the Departments area of responsibility and contains information about:

NICNASs input to this plan includes business regulation (including primary legislation, subordinate legislation, quasi-regulation or treaties that directly affect business, have a significant indirect effect on business, or restrict competition).

Past Regulatory Activity (2005-06)

Instrument

Description

Date of effect

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Regulations 2006 [No 2]

The Regulations increase NICNAS Registration charges for NICNAS for 2006-07 by 3.9% rounded to the nearest dollar.

Registration charges only apply to those importers or manufacturers of relevant industrial chemicals to a value exceeding $500,000 in a registrable year.

A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) wa s not required as the amendments were of a minor or machinery nature and did not substantially alter existing arrangements

1 July 2006

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Regulations 2006 [No 1]

The Regulations:

(a) increased the New Chemical assessment fees and charges and registration fees for NICNAS for 2006-07 by 3.9% rounded to the nearest dollar

(b) introduced application and renewal fees for NICNAS controlled use permits

(c) specified prescribed information required on application for one type of controlled use permits, export only permits

A RIS wa s not required for (a) above, as the amendments were of a minor or machinery nature and did not substantially alter existing arrangements.

No specific RIS was required for (b) and (c) above, as they were included in the RIS prepared for the Low Regulatory Concern Chemicals (LRCC) amendments to the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (the Act).

(a) was effective on 1 July 2006

(b) and (c) were effective 20 April 2006

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Regulations 2005 [No 2]

The purpose of the Regulation is to list tetraethyl lead and tetramethyl lead in regulations relating to s106 of the Act and to amend the current regulation for octabromobiphenyl and decabromobiphenyl in order to give effect to Australia s obligations under the Rotterdam Convention.

No specific RIS for regulations as changes to the Act and regulations to be made under the Act were covered in the RIS prepared during the ratification process.

17 November 2005

Planned Regulatory Activity

Instrument

Description of issue

Consultation opportunities

Expected timetable

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Act 2007

Amendments to the Act revise current penalty provisions consistent with other similar Commonwealth legislation, including the development of a penalty infringement notice system.

A RIS will form part of the process.

Consistent with the NICNAS Community Engagement Charter established consultative mechanisms include the NICNAS IGCC and CEF. In addition, public consultation on the proposed changes is expected to occur in Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 of 2006-07

March 2007

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Act 2007

Amendments to reflect any agreed outcomes of the Review of the NICNAS Existing Chemicals (EC) Program.

A RIS will form part of the process.

Consistent with the NICNAS Community Engagement Charter established consultative mechanisms include the NICNAS IGCC and CEF. In addition, public consultation on the proposed changes is expected to occur in Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 of 200-/07.

March 2007

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Regulations 2007 [No TBA]

Amendments to reflect any agreed outcomes of the Review of the NICNAS EC Program.

A RIS will form part of the process

Consistent with the NICNAS Community Engagement Charter established consultative mechanisms include the NICNAS Industry Government Consultative Committee and Community Engagement Forum. In addition, public consultation on the proposed changes is expected to occur in Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 of 2006-07.

March 2007

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Regulations 2007 [No TBA]

NICNAS new chemicals approved foreign schemes

The Act provides for recognition of approved foreign schemes (section 43) and use of an assessment report generated under the approved foreign scheme (section 44).

NICNAS participates in the OECD New Chemicals program. Bilateral arrangements between national new chemicals regulators. NICNAS is finalising an arrangement with Environment Canada and is working towards recognition of the Canadian scheme as an approved foreign scheme under the legislation.

Through the IGCC and with key industry stakeholders initially during 2002-03 and the LRCC consultation process in 2003-04.

Bilateral Arrangement with Canada signed late 2002.

Recognition of Canadian Scheme estimated November 2006.

Other foreign scheme activities ongoing.

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Act 2006

To enable legislative underpinning of the NICNAS Cosmetic Guidelines arising from the cosmetic reform activities.

A RIS will form part of the process

An implementation Working Group consisting of industry community and government developed the NICNAS Cosmetic Guidelines. A Cosmetic Advisory Group will provide advice to NICNAS on maintaining the guidelines.

Consistent with the NICNAS Community Engagement Charter established consultative mechanisms include the NICNAS IGCC and CEF.

December 2006

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Regulations 2006 [No. TBA]

To enable legislative underpinning of the NICNAS Cosmetic Guidelines arising from the cosmetic reform activities.

A RIS will form part of the process

An implementation Working Group consisting of industry community and government developed the NICNAS Cosmetic Guidelines. A Cosmetic Advisory Group will provide advice to NICNAS on maintaining the guidelines.

Consistent with the NICNAS Community Engagement Charter established consultative mechanisms include the NICNAS IGCC and CEF.

December 2006

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Regulations 2006 [No. TBA]

A number of regulations are required for implementing outstanding LRCC reforms.

No specific RIS for regulations is required as it is covered in the RIS prepared for the LRCC amendments to the Act .

Consistent with the NICNAS Community Engagement Charter established consultative mechanisms include the NICNAS IGCC and CEF. In addition, public consultation on the proposed changes is expected to occur in August/September/October 2006

November 2006

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Regulations 2007 [No. TBA]

The Regulations increase fees and charges for NICNAS for 2007-08

1 July 2007