Chemical use legislation
Commonwealth and Victorian Governments regulate agricultural and veterinary chemicals in Victoria. The Commonwealth Government regulates their supply and sale, while the Victorian Government regulates their use.
Acts, Regulations and Orders
You can access the Act and Regulations listed below at: www.legislation.vic.gov.au.
- Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992
- Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2017
- Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) (Fertilisers) Regulations 2015
The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992 imposes controls in relation to the use and application of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, fertilisers and stock foods. The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2017 sets out the record-keeping requirements for agricultural and veterinary chemical users. It also imposes further control on veterinarians and mandates notification of spraying near specified places.
Orders regulating agricultural and veterinary chemical and stock food:
19960729 S086 Notice
19960801 G030 Order
19980709 G027 Order
20010823 G034 Order
20011213 G050 Order
Exemptions under section 5 (relating to scientific use, off-label use by vets and commercial use in a residential garden)
20021017 G042 Order
20030313 G011 Order
20060223 G008 Notice
Incorporating material - Extended Mallee ACCA (spray equipment)
20060223 G008 Order
20170713 G28 Order
Prohibited uses of agricultural chemical products
Under Victorian legislation, some chemicals must only be used for specific purposes, and other chemicals must not be used for specific purposes, as detailed below. A person must only use agricultural chemical products that contain the following chemicals for the purpose specified opposite the name of that chemical.
Any purpose stated on the label that is approved by the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals.
|Sodium Fluoroacetate (1080)|
As a vermin destroyer for the control of foxes, rabbits, wild dogs, feral pigs.
Tributyl tin, Tributyl tin naphthenate, Tributyl tin oxide, Tributyl tin copolymer resin
As an industrial timber treatment. In anti-fouling marine paint for vessels greater than 25 metres in length.
A person must not use agricultural chemical products that contain the following chemicals for the purpose specified opposite the name of that chemical.
Antibiotics, peroxide and perborate
As a dairy cleanser.
For use in trickle irrigation systems except for trickle irrigation systems designed to apply agricultural chemicals and under plastic sheeting. For use in fixed, portable or solid set irrigation systems. For use in travelling gun, boom or side roll irrigation systems. For use in flood irrigation. For use in any other irrigation system using impact sprinklers. For use in any irrigation system operating at high pressure. For use in irrigation systems causing spray drift.
For use in grapevines. For home gardens use as a wettable powder in packs greater than 15 grams.
Mevinphos, Paraquat and methamidophos
For any use if it is to be applied by means of back-mounted spraying equipment.
For use as a vermin destroyer for the control of rabbits, foxes and birds and any other vertebrae animals.
Order relating to Authorised Officer Powers