The Australian Government recognises the need to continue reforming the regulation of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines (agvet chemicals). The government’s aim is to give farmers and other users access to newer and better chemical products, while ensuring the integrity of Australia’s agvet chemicals regulatory framework.
We have continued to consult with stakeholders on potential agvet chemical reforms. Arising from this, the government has prepared two Bills for the parliament’s consideration:
- The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Operational Efficiency) Bill 2017 was introduced into the Australian Parliament on 25 October 2017 and is currently in the Senate.
- The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2018 was introduced into the Australian Parliament on 18 October 2018.
Collectively, the two Bills aim to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the national system for regulating agvet chemicals.
We are also considering further improvements to agvet chemical regulation. These other reforms include measures that can be implemented through regulations and other legislative instruments. We will consult separately on these when developing the measures.