Access to Chemicals Advisory Group

​The Australian Government has committed $8 million to improve access to agricultural and veterinary chemical products (agvet chemicals). This initiative will help producers gain access to a greater range of safe and effective agvet chemicals.

The department has established an informal Access to Chemicals Advisory Group (ACAG) to provide advice on the delivery of this initiative.

Role of the advisory group

The access to agvet chemicals issue is a complex problem and stakeholders have a range of views on how it should be addressed. The department invited a small number of subject matter experts to join an advisory group to help understand the diversity of concerns and advise on implementing potential solutions. These experts were chosen to cover specific areas of expertise or experience – they are not representative of all interested stakeholders. Numbers have been kept to a minimum so as to maintain the efficiency of the group. The advisory group will enhance, not replace, our efforts to consult broadly with stakeholders.

Advisory Group Members

  • Alastair James, CropLife Australia
  • Simon Winter, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
  • Kareena Arthy, Australian Pesticides and Veterinary medicines Authority – APVMA
  • Johann Schroder, Meat and Livestock Australia
  • Rachel Mackenzie, GrowCom
  • Pheroze Jungalwalla, National Aquaculture Council
  • Russell McMurray, Chair of the Council of Australian Government’s cross jurisdictional working group on access to chemicals
  • Reg Kidd, National Farmers Federation
  • Jodie Pedrana, Horticulture Australia Ltd
  • Peter Cochrane, AusVeg
  • Duncan Rowland, Animal Health Australia
  • Michael Wright, Animal Medicines Australia
  • Justin Crosby, Grain Producers Australia
  • Simon Berry, Wine Grape Growers Australia
  • Rohan Rainbow, expert