NICNAS performs its compliance role by conducting education and awareness campaigns designed to achieve maximum levels of voluntary compliance, thereby minimising non-compliance. Auditing and investigations are carried out to detect non-compliance and maintain public confidence in NICNAS.
We use import transaction data provided by the Australian Customs Service (Customs) and other public records to identify people introducing relevant industrial chemicals whilst not registered. During the year Customs agreed on a revised approach in a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which makes import transaction data available regularly, allowing NICNAS to closely monitor trade in chemicals and, where appropriate, take compliance enforcement action.
NICNAS also invests in the competencies of the compliance team four staff attended Certificate IV training in Statutory Compliance during the course of the year.