Improving access to agricultural and veterinary chemicals

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Farmers depend on chemicals to manage their commercial competitiveness, sustainability, and farm gate returns.

Over the last decade there have been considerable changes to the agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical market. The agvet chemical legislative framework is more than 25 years old, is complex and in urgent need of reform.

In 2018 the department consulted with industry on measures that were incorporated into the APVMA Board and other Improvements Bill. On 18 September 2019 the Bill was introduced into parliament.

While a comprehensive review of the regulatory framework is underway, there are important measures that need be considered in the interim, to improve safe user access to chemicals.

The Bill requires supporting delegated legislation to fully implement some of its measures.

While the department has already consulted on some of these supporting measures, the details of others are new.

We would like to know what you think of the proposed new supporting measures.

How to have your say

Read the proposed regulations and order to improve access: consultation paper, and the exposure drafts of the proposed regulation amendments and order.

Use our form to submit your feedback or upload a document.

Submit your feedback by 27 August 2021.

What happens next

We will consider all submissions and recommend amending regulations and an order to the Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia.

Farmers depend on chemicals to manage their commercial competitiveness, sustainability, and farm gate returns.

Over the last decade there have been considerable changes to the agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical market. The agvet chemical legislative framework is more than 25 years old, is complex and in urgent need of reform.

In 2018 the department consulted with industry on measures that were incorporated into the APVMA Board and other Improvements Bill. On 18 September 2019 the Bill was introduced into parliament.

While a comprehensive review of the regulatory framework is underway, there are important measures that need be considered in the interim, to improve safe user access to chemicals.

The Bill requires supporting delegated legislation to fully implement some of its measures.

While the department has already consulted on some of these supporting measures, the details of others are new.

We would like to know what you think of the proposed new supporting measures.

How to have your say

Read the proposed regulations and order to improve access: consultation paper, and the exposure drafts of the proposed regulation amendments and order.

Use our form to submit your feedback or upload a document.

Submit your feedback by 27 August 2021.

What happens next

We will consider all submissions and recommend amending regulations and an order to the Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia.