Agricultural chemical users permit (ACUP)
An ACUP (agricultural chemical users permit) is a permit issued to a person, which provides authority to purchase specified 'restricted supply' chemicals and use specified 'restricted use' chemicals in Victoria.
You are required to undertake relevant training before you can apply for and hold an ACUP.
ACUPs do not authorise a person to use agricultural chemicals on another person’s property, crop or commodity for a fee or reward (i.e. contractors).
For this purpose, see Commercial Operator Licence.
Who needs an ACUP?
A person is required to hold an ACUP to use any of the agricultural chemical products listed in Table 1 below.
There are five different ACUP endorsement types, depending on the agricultural chemicals you intend to use.
Are there any exceptions?
Yes, where a 'restricted use' chemical is used, a Standard endorsed ACUP is not required by people who are operating under the direct and immediate supervision (within sight and sound) of a Standard endorsed ACUP holder.
How to apply for an ACUP
- Decide which ACUP endorsement type you need
- Successfully complete the relevant training course(s)
- Complete and submit an ACUP application form.
The ACUP application fee as at 1 July 2019 is $56.25 and the permit is valid for 10 years. There is no additional cost for adding another endorsement type to an existing ACUP.
Please ensure you submit your ACUP application form at least four weeks before the time you intend to use the relevant chemical products, to allow sufficient time for processing.
Chemical users must, within 48 hours of using a product, make specified records of use and keep these records for a minimum of two years
Training requirements to obtain an ACUP
The training requirements for each ACUP endorsement type are detailed in Table 1 below.
All ACUPs are issued for 10 years and no further training is required during this period to maintain the ACUP.
Table 1. ACUP endorsement types and their training requirements
|ACUP endorsement type||Authorisation||Training requirement (previous equivalents also accepted)|
Authorises the use of agricultural chemicals that are:
A recognised course in AgVet chemical use (or equivalent) that includes the units:
|1080 and PAPP||Authorises the supply (i.e. purchase) and use of pest animal bait products that contain 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) or PAPP (4-aminopropiophenone).||
Training for the Standard ACUP (see above); and |
the 22516VIC Course in Minimising Risks in the Use of 1080 and PAPP Bait Products for Vertebrate Pest Control (or previous equivalents 22275VIC or 21835VIC)
Authorises the supply (i.e. purchase) and use of products that contain pindone concentrate (2.5% or greater) for the preparation of baits.
Note: This does not include prepared pindone bait products such as oats or carrots. No ACUP endorsement type is required to supply or use these prepared products.
Alternatively, a recognised course in vermin control or pest animal management that includes the now superseded units: AHCVPT306A; AHCFAU201A; AHCPMG402A; and AHCVPT302A.
Authorises the supply (i.e. purchase) and use of products that contain:
The unit CPPPMT3011 – Manage organisms by applying fumigants to commodities and environments from the Asset Maintenance training package.
(Previous equivalent CPPPMT3011A).
Authorises the supply and use of products that contain timber treatment copper chromium arsenic (CCA) chemicals.
*Note: CCA products are not sold by retailers and are not used by farmers or the general public. Only people working in timber treatment plants use CCA products.
Unit FWPSAW3201 – Treat timber.|
(Previous equivalent FPISAW3201B or FPISAW3201A).
If you need more than one of the above ACUP endorsement types, a single ACUP can be issued for any combination except for CCA, which is issued separately.
The training requirement for each endorsement type must be met before a combined ACUP can be issued.
Please note: A chemical user training course certificate or card is not an ACUP – it only qualifies the holder to apply for a Standard endorsed ACUP.
Under 18 ACUP
There are conditional ACUPs available for applicants aged under 18 years to authorise the use of products that contain atrazine, metham sodium and the ester formulations of 2,4-D, 2,4-DB, MCPA and 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).
Renewing your ACUP
You will receive a renewal letter approximately two months before your ACUP is due to expire, to the address listed on the ACUP.
If you don't receive a renewal letter, you can either contact the ACUP Registrar on 1800 678 779, download and submit an application form or renew online.
It is your responsibility to have a valid ACUP for the agricultural chemical products you are using.
Agriculture Victoria takes no responsibility if you do not receive your renewal letter.
You do not need to complete the relevant training requirement again in order to reapply for your ACUP.
However, we do encourage chemical users to keep up-to-date with changes in technology, current practices and regulations.