Submissions to the proposed Regulations are now closed

The proposed Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2017 (the proposed Regulations) were available for consultation and submission for 4 weeks until 23 May 2017. The consultation period is now closed and no further submissions will be accepted.

All submissions received during the public consultation period have been considered. All submissions and a statement of reasons addressing the submissions is provided in the document library.


What happens now?

All submissions received during the consultation period have been considered and the proposed Regulations will be made with some minor amendments. These are:

  • Limiting the labelling requirement in regulation 9 to only apply to veterinary chemical products used for the treatment of a stock animal. Labelling of veterinary chemical products for domestic animals are adequately covered under Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981;
  • Labelling requirements in regulation 10 will be altered to refer to the "species, age, breed and sex" of the animal to be treated. Reference to "type will be removed. This harmonises with changes made to the labelling and prescription requirements in the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017;
  • Changes to the title and structure of regulation 12, to better communicate requirements for notification of spraying by aircraft or mister.

The proposed Regulations will commence on 23 July 2017.


Questions or queries on the review?

For further information on the review, please contact the DEDJTR Customer Service Centre on 136 186.


What are the Regulations?

The current Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2007, made under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992 (the Act) and in association with the National Registration Scheme for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals, aim to contribute to the reduction of potential harms associated with the use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals.

The current Regulations address four distinct, inter-related related risks arising from the use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals. These are risks to the:

  • health of the general public and chemical users;
  • environment;
  • health and welfare of farm animals; and
  • domestic and export trade in agricultural products and livestock.

The current Regulations will sunset (i.e. cease to operate) on 24 July 2017. The proposed Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2017 (proposed Regulations) are intended to replace the current Regulations with limited amendments. The proposed Regulations are open to public review to justify that a regulatory approach is the best option of achieving the objective of reducing the potential harms associated with the use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals.

The proposed Regulations will also require two Orders in Council to be remade.

What is the Regulatory Impact Statement?

To ensure the proposed Regulations are made in accordance with best practice regulatory practice, a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has been prepared for the proposed Regulations. This RIS describes the role of the Regulations within the broader context of the regulation of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, identifies the policy problems they address, considers the options available to address these problems and assesses the benefits and costs of these options from the perspective of society as a whole.

This RIS draws together key information from stakeholders and makes recommendations to contribute to the reduction of potential harms associated with the use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals.

This RIS is being released as part of a consultation process open to all stakeholders and the general public for comment.

How do I make a submission?

Public comment was sought for the proposed Regulations and RIS. Written submissions were able to be made online, via post or by email.

Online submissions

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Email submissions

The consultation period is now closed and email submissions can no longer be accepted.

Postal submissions

The consultation period is now closed and postal submissions can no longer be accepted.

Do you have questions or want to learn more about the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2017?

Please contact us on the details below.

Agvet Chemical Regulations 2017, Agriculture Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, 475 Mickleham Road, ATTWOOD Vic 3049.