Restricted use versus restricted supply chemicals
Restrictions apply to the supply and use of certain high-risk chemicals.
'Restricted supply' chemicals
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Association (APVMA) has restricted the supply of high-risk chemicals to ensure they are only supplied to authorised persons who have successfully completed accredited training in their handling and use. In Victoria, these chemicals are known as 'restricted supply' chemicals.
For information on APVMA restricted chemical products, visit the APVMA website.
To determine if a product is a 'restricted supply' chemical, read the product label or search the APVMA PubCRIS database.
The product label of a 'restricted supply' chemical will include the statement:
"RESTRICTED CHEMICAL PRODUCT – ONLY TO BE SUPPLIED TO OR USED BY AN AUTHORISED PERSON".
'Restricted use' chemicals
In Victoria, there are a number of high-risk chemicals that are restricted in terms of who can use them and what they can be used for.
These are known as 'restricted use' chemicals. Restrictions were placed on these chemicals because they have a potentially higher risk of adversely affecting the user’s health, the environment or trade.
'Restricted use' chemicals are agricultural chemicals that:
- are Schedule 7 Poisons (“DANGEROUS POISON” signal heading on label) – these substances have a high potential to cause harm at low exposure and require special precautions during manufacture, handling and use (examples of the active constituents in Schedule 7 products are, dichlorvos, fenamiphos, methomyl, methyl bromide, aluminium phosphide, mevinphos, paraquat (this does not include veterinary chemicals)
- contain atrazine – these products have the ability to contaminate waterways and groundwater
- contain metham sodium, or
- ester formulations of 2,4-D, 2,4-DB, MCPA and triclopyr.
To determine if a product contains a ‘restricted use’ chemical read the product’s label or search the APVMA PubCRIS database to find out the active constituent of the product.
'Restricted use' chemicals MUST only be used in strict accordance with label directions.
‘Restricted Supply’ chemicals
‘Restricted Use’ chemicals
Supply restricted nationally by the APVMA
Use restricted in Victoria by State Government
Only supplied to authorised persons (i.e. a person who holds an appropriately endorsed ACUP or COL). Must show authorisation to purchase.
Can only be used by people who hold an appropriately endorsed ACUP, COL or PCRL.
Includes label statement: "RESTRICTED CHEMICAL PRODUCT – ONLY TO BE SUPPLIED TO OR USED BY AN AUTHORISED PERSON".
Includes all Schedule 7 Poisons (DANGEROUS POISONS), products containing atrazine, metham sodium or ester formulations of 2,4-D, 2,4-DB, MCPA or triclopyr.
To purchase 'restricted supply' or use 'restricted use' chemicals, you need to hold an appropriately endorsed Agricultural Chemical User Permit (ACUP), Commercial Operator Licence (COL) or Pilot (Chemical Rating) Licence (PCRL) issued by Agriculture Victoria.
See Licences and permits for further information.