NICNAS provided information sessions for registrants as part of our ongoing commitment to increase awareness of our functions as the industrial chemicals regulator and of the obligations of introducers of industrial chemicals. We will continue this program in future years, ensuring industry is kept aware of changes to legislation and requirements under the Act.
Our information sessions defined industrial chemicals and covered registration, chemical notification and assessment, permits and certificates, interim arrangements for cosmetics (pending new legislation), fees and exemption categories, AICS, record-keeping and reporting. Sessions also covered enforcement and penalties, though NICNAS works cooperatively in most cases to assist industry meet obligations. There were no prosecutions in 2006-07.
Training was offered in Sydney, Dandenong and Tullamarine in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide with NICNAS staff presenting to more than 600 people, with excellent feedback. The team believes the availability of online registration for training on the NICNAS website led to increased numbers; more sessions will be conducted in Sydney and Melbourne in 2007-08, to meet demand. The sessions highlighted registrants educational needs for future attention.
Compliance staff also participated in training sessions on Cosmetics regulation (see Reform) and also made outreach visits to four companies during the year for one-on-one discussions about registration, permits and online reporting. A further two companies visited the NICNAS office for updates on PIC reporting requirements.