Agricultural chemical control areas and permits
Nine Agricultural Chemical Control Areas (ACCA) have been established in Victoria to protect high value herbicide sensitive crops.
Within these areas restrictions apply to the types of herbicides, their method of application and the periods in which certain chemicals can be used. To check if the location you intend to spray is within an ACCA, refer to the map below. Each ACCA is identified in the map by a purple or green shaded area.
Agricultural Chemical Control Areas
Click the links for information about each ACCA, including detailed maps, area boundaries and chemical restrictions.
Dates ACCA restrictions are operational
|ACCA||Start date||Finish date|
|Mallee and Mid Murray||August 1||April 30 following year|
|Extended Mallee||August 1||April 30 following year|
|Goulburn Valley||September 1||April 30 following year|
|North Eastern||September 1||April 30 following year|
|Rutherglen||September 1||April 30 following year|
Chemicals prohibited by the specific method of application
|All ACCAs - except for Extended Mallee|
Any formulation of Picloram
|Aerial spraying or mister application|
|All ACCAs - except for Extended Mallee||Ester formulations of 2,4-D, 2,4-DB or MCPA||All methods of application|
|Extended Mallee only||Ester formulations of Triclopyr||Aerial spraying or mister application|
|Extended Mallee only||Ester formulations of 2,4-D or MCPA||All methods of application|
Chemicals prohibited unless an *ACCA permit has been granted
|All ACCAs - except for extended Mallee|
Any formulation of chlorsulfuron, clopyralid, glyphosate or metsulfuron methyl
|Aerial spraying or mister application|
|Any amine formulation of MCPA, MCPB, 2,4-D, 2,4-DB, dicamba, mecoprop or triclopyr|
To determine if a chemical product contains any of these prohibited chemicals, please read the chemical's label and accompanying information sheet or search the APVMA PUBCRIS website.
*An ACCA permit is different to an Agricultural Chemical User Permit (ACUP).
Mister definition: Spraying equipment that uses air for dispersing the spray and includes mist blowers, orchard sprayers, air blast sprayers, air shear sprayers and any other spraying equipment that produces a droplet size spectrum that is classified as fine or very fine under ASAE S572 FEB04, Spray Nozzle Classification by Droplet Spectra, but does not include air assisted boom sprayers or twin fluid nozzle sprayers.
All users of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, including ACUP holders, are required to keep specified records for all chemical products used within 48 hours of using the chemical product, and to keep these records for a period of two years.
An ACCA permit allows a chemical use in an Agricultural Chemical Control Area that would otherwise be prohibited.
The application fee for a Permit to carry out Specified Spraying in an Agricultural Chemical Control Area under Section 39(3) as at 1 July 2017 is $1649.50 unless one of the following exemptions can be demonstrated:
- Area is too steep to safely conduct ground-based spraying.
- Area is too rocky or uneven to safely conduct ground-based spraying.
- Area is too waterlogged to safely conduct ground-based spraying.
- Other (specify).
How to obtain an ACCA permit
Determine which ACCA your property or the land you intend to spray falls into.
Determine what specific herbicide use restrictions apply at which time/s of the year.
If you decide it is necessary and have thoroughly thought through how to minimise the risks associated with chemical use, you can choose to apply for an ACCA permit.
Complete and return the ACCA permit application form at the top of this page.
A chemical standards officer will be in contact about your application and may need to visit the site for an inspection in order to issue the permit.
Please ensure you submit your ACCA application form at least four weeks before the time you intend carry out the spraying, to allow sufficient time for processing.