Chemical use legislation
The Commonwealth Government agency, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), regulates the supply and sale of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals in our state, while the Victorian Government is responsible for regulating their use.
Acts and Regulations
A range of controls under Victorian legislation define how agricultural and veterinary chemicals may be supplied and used. These controls are designed to protect Victoria's trade in livestock and agricultural products, the health and welfare of animals, chemical users, the general public and the environment.
You can access the current Acts and legislation listed below by visiting 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
- Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Infringement Notices) Regulations 2013
- Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Ruminant Feed) Regulations 2015
- Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994
- Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Regulations 1995
- Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981
- Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017
Relevant legislation administered by other government agencies e.g. Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) can also be found at this website.
For Victorian agvet chemical users, the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992 is the most important piece of legislation. It 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. Other Regulations deal with various specific issues like fertiliser labelling.
Various Orders in Council have also been established that regulate the use of agvet chemicals in Victoria.