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.
Dieldrin and DDT soil contamination
From the 1940s to 1990s, dieldrin and DDT were chemicals widely used as an insecticide/pesticide but were later found to be a soil contaminate. Learn more about these chemicals.
Aerial spraying of agricultural chemicals
A guide for land managers to ensure aerial spraying is undertaken in a safe and responsible manner.
Licences and permits
Using agricultural chemicals? Check if you need to be authorised under a 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.