Improved access to chemicals

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the Department) is working closely with the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA), grower groups, rural research and development corporations and the chemical industry to deliver on an Australian Government commitment to improve farmers’ access to safe and effective agricultural and veterinary chemicals. The small size of the Australian market can make the costs involved with registering an agvet chemical or its use in Australia uncommercial. This is particularly the case for treating pests and diseases in specialty crops and minor livestock species. Larger industries face a similar problem managing uncommon or emerging pests and diseases. The Department has provided two grants to the APVMA for projects:

  • to establish an official Australian list of crop groupings and associated guidance, and
  • to examine current APVMA permits to determine suitable candidates for migration from permit to product label (registration).


Crop Grouping Project

This project will establish an official crop grouping list aimed at reducing the regulatory burden for producers by giving greater access to more uses of agricultural chemicals. By grouping crops together, the use of data can be maximised through extrapolation to a group of related crops, with little or no additional data needed where use practices are the same or similar.

Further information is available about:

The consultation for this project closes on 31 January 2016.


Migrating permits to labels project

The duration granted by the APVMA for a permit can vary from one season to up to 10 years. As permits have a limited duration, permit holders must periodically submit applications to the APVMA to renew permits which may or may not require submission of new data. This renewal activity can consume a significant amount of resources for stakeholders’ existing access to chemicals programs, as well as the APVMA as it has to assess these renewal applications. Migrating uses on permits to product labels would eliminate the need for some existing permits, reduce future demand for permits and provide greatest access to a use (listed on the label of the product). Between July 2015 and December 2017, APVMA will review all existing permits issued in crops and livestock species to determine their suitability for migration to product labels. The agency will publish those uses found suitable for migration and advise both permit holders and relevant registrants. More information about this project will be available in early 2016.

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