The ACUP system in Victoria
The Agricultural Chemical User Permit (ACUP) system was introduced in August 1996 to restrict the use of high-risk chemicals to people who were appropriately trained in safe chemical use.
An ACUP is a 10-year permit that authorises the holder to purchase 'restricted supply' chemicals and use 'restricted use' chemicals for private use.
In Victoria, an ACUP is required to use agricultural chemical products that:
- are 'restricted use' chemicals (agricultural chemical products that are Schedule 7 Poisons (Dangerous Poisons) or contain atrazine, metham sodium or ester formulations of MCPA, 2,4-D, 2,4-DB or triclopyr)
- contain 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate)
- contain PAPP (4-aminopropiophenone)
- contain gaseous methyl bromide, chloropicrin or phosphine for fumigation
- contain pindone concentrate (greater than 2.5%) for the preparation of poison baits.
'Restricted use' chemicals
Individuals using 'restricted use' chemicals must hold a valid ACUP or be working under the direct supervision of an ACUP holder. Responsibility for the use of a 'restricted use' chemical under supervision rests with the ACUP holder.
Specified records must be made within 48 hours of using an agricultural chemical product, and kept for a period of two years. This applies to all agricultural chemicals used, including poison baits used for pest animal control. This requirement came into effect on 24 July 2007 and excludes the use of household or home garden products.
Different arrangements apply to the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) licensed spray contractors and chemical users operating within a recognised Quality Assurance (QA) program that requires chemicals to be used in accordance with label directions and is independently audited at regular intervals of less than two years.
'Restricted use' chemicals must be used in strict accordance with the label. Off-label use of these chemicals is illegal in Victoria unless the user holds a valid Section 25A Permit issued by DEDJTR, authorising the use.
'Restricted supply' chemicals
An ACUP is also required to obtain agricultural chemical products classified as 'restricted supply' chemicals by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), which include 1080 and PAPP pest animal bait products, endosulfan and mevinphos.
Types of ACUPs available
There are four ACUP endorsements available to adult applicants:
Standard – authorises the use of agricultural chemical products that are Schedule 7 poisons (DANGEROUS POISONS), or contain atrazine, metham sodium or ester formulations of 2,4-D, 2,4-DB, MCPA or triclopyr.
1080 (Sodium Fluoroacetate) and PAPP (4-aminopropiophenone) – authorises the supply and use of agricultural chemical products that contain 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) and PAPP (4-aminopropiophenone) pest animal bait products.
Fumigants – authorises the use of agricultural chemical products that contain gaseous methyl bromide, chloropicrin or phosphine for fumigation.
Pindone Concentrate – authorises the supply and use of agricultural chemical products that contain pindone concentrate for the preparation of poison baits (>2.5% pindone).
Different combinations of the abovementioned endorsements are available.
There are conditional ACUPs available for applicants aged under 18 years that authorise the use of agricultural chemical products that contain atrazine, metham sodium or ester formulations of 2,4-D, 2,4-DB, MCPA or triclopyr, and also pindone concentrate for the preparation of poison baits. It is illegal for a person under 18 to possess or use a Schedule 7 poison (DANGEROUS POISON).
As at 1 July 2016, the application fee for an ACUP is $52.95; this fee will change annually on June 30.
Applying for an ACUP
To apply for an ACUP, a person must first complete an approved training course:
Standard - A course in Agvet Chemical Use that contains the unit AHCCHM303A and either units AHCCHM201A or AHCCHM304A (formerly RTC3704A, RTC2706A and RTC3705A) (e.g. AusChem Vic or DEDJTR AgTrain Agvet Chemical User Course).
1080 (Sodium Fluoroacetate) and PAPP (4-aminopropiophenone) - Training for the standard endorsement and the course 22275VIC - Minimising Risks in the Use of 1080 Pest Animal Bait Products in Victoria (or previous equivalent 21835VIC).
Fumigants - A recognised training course in fumigation (e.g. the unit Conduct Fumigation from the Asset Maintenance training package).
Pindone Concentrate - A course in vermin control or pest animal management that contains units AHCVPT306A, AHCFAU201A, AHCPMG402A and AHCVPT302A (formerly RTD2101A, RTD2126A, RTD4403A and RTE3406A).
To find out which organisations offer these training courses and course information, contact TAFE colleges, AusChem Vic providers, Agsafe, private providers, industry organisations or DEDJTR Chemical Standards Officers.
Once you have completed the appropriate training course, send a completed 'Application for an Agricultural Chemical User Permit (ACUP)' form and payment to DEDJTR. The application form is available from the DEDJTR Chemical Use website at: www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/chemicaluse or Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
Re-applying for an ACUP
DEDJTR will send existing ACUP holders, whose permit is due to expire in two months' time, a renewal letter that explains the re-application process and an 'Application for an Agricultural Chemical User Permit (ACUP)' form.
To re-apply for an ACUP, a person must complete and send the application form and fee to the ACUP Registrar (details on the application form).
If you do not received a renewal letter within this timeframe, you can either contact the ACUP Registrar on 03 5430 4723
or download an application from the DEDJTR Chemical Use website.
Current ACUP holders who wish to re-apply for an ACUP are not required to complete a chemical user refresher course.
Have you moved?
To notify DEDJTR of your new address, download and send a completed 'Change of address notification for a licence or permit' form, available from the DEDJTR Chemical Use website, to the ACUPS Registrar.
- Customer Service Centre on 136 186
- ACUP Registrar: (03) 5430 4723
- Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority website
DEDJTR Chemical Standards Officers
Fax: (03) 5430 4590
|Steve Field||(03) 5430 4463|
|Alex Perera||(03) 5430 4591|
|Felicity Collins||(03) 5833 5203|
|Neil Harrison||(03) 5336 6616|
|Jane Collin||(03) 5172 2198|
Enquiries from other regions should be directed to the nearest of the above-named regional officers.
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