Agricultural chemical use
Agricultural chemicals have an important role in land management and the production of food and fibre products, protecting plants from damage caused by insect pests, weeds or disease.
In most cases, agricultural chemicals are referred to as 'pesticides' and include herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and pest animal baits.
Many of these chemicals are hazardous and present risks to human and animal health, the environment and trade if not used correctly. To manage these risks, agricultural chemical use is regulated and monitored in Victoria by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).
Licences and permits
Using agricultural chemicals? Check if you need to be authorised under a DEDJTR licence or permit.
Record keeping - agricultural chemicals
Find out what mandatory records you need to make and keep when using agricultural chemicals.
Spraying, spray drift and off-target damage
Learn how to minimise off-target spray drift and report spray drift, as well as the notification requirements in place if spraying near schools, hospitals, aged care services or children’s services.
Find out what information is featured on chemical product labels to help users store, prepare and use products safely and efficiently.
Off-label chemical use
Familiarise yourself with the rules regarding off-label agricultural chemical use in Victoria.
Agricultural Chemical Control Areas (ACCAs)
Check if the land you intend to spray is in one of Victoria’s nine Agricultural Chemical Control Areas (ACCA) and what restrictions are in place to safeguard high value, herbicide sensitive crops.