Regulating chemicals is described as a major activity within the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing’s Portfolio Budget Statement:

 

'In 2007-08, the Australian Government will continue to manage the potential risks posed by chemicals in the community.

 

'NICNAS will continue to regulate industrial chemicals for the protection of human health and the environment, to deliver the safe and sustainable use of chemicals.

 

'In 2007-08, the Australian Government will focus on protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of industrial chemicals through the work of NICNAS.

 

'This will include further developing bilateral arrangements for industrial chemicals with major trading partners. NICNAS will also implement regulatory reforms resulting from the review of its Existing Chemicals Program and a review of disinfectants.'

 

The statement also describes, 'work(ing) to ensure a responsive regulatory scheme for industrial chemicals; and provid(ing) high quality public health advice' as key strategic directions.

 

NICNAS activities are presented in Outcome 1 within the Department of Health and Ageing’s Portfolio Budget Statement outcome/output structure for 2007-08.

 

The price of NICNAS Outputs in achieving Outcome 1 is shown in the table below.

 

Outcome 1: Population Health

 

 

Estimates ($m)

Actual ($m)

Total price of outputs:

8,462

8,621

 

Departmental outputs appropriation is the same as Total price of outputs

 

NICNAS outputs and resources – a consolidated summary

 

Area

Resource $’000

New Chemicals

2,550

Existing Chemicals

2,457

Compliance

1,357

BMC

1,008

Reform

597

External projects

136

TOTAL:

8,105