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 nationally. The Victorian Government is responsible for regulating their use and some aspects of supply in our state.

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
  • protect 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 Victorian legislation.

  • 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 (such as the Environmental Protection Authority) can also be found on Victorian legislation.

The primary piece of legislation for Victorian agvet chemical users is the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992. It imposes controls in relation to the use,  application and sale of agvet chemicals, fertilisers and stock foods.

The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2017 sets out the record-keeping requirements for agvet chemical users. It also imposes controls on vets and mandates notification of spraying near specified places.

The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) (Fertilisers) Regulations 2015 prescribes labelling requirements for fertilisers.

Orders in council

Additional legislative controls have been established under the Act via various Orders in Council which further regulates the use of agvet chemicals and stock food in Victoria.

Order number

Regulation

19950309 G9 Order

Conditions of the use of hormonal growth promotants

19960729 S086 Notice

Decision to recommend an Order to prohibit specified agricultural spraying in Agricultural Chemical Control Areas (ACCAs)

19960801 G30 Order

Off-label use of veterinary chemical products

19960801 G030 Order

Prohibit specified agricultural spraying in ACCAs

20010823 G034 Order

Prohibition of use of endosulfan Ultra Low Volume (ULV) insecticides

20011213 G050 Order

Exemptions under section 5 (relating to scientific use, off-label use by vets and commercial use in a residential garden)

20021017 G042 Order

Regulating the use of certain agricultural chemical products containing pindone

20030313 G011 Order

Regulating the off-label use of insecticides on harvested grain

20060223 G008 Notice

Incorporating material - Extended Mallee ACCA (spray equipment)

20060223 G008 Order

Prohibiting the spraying of specified agricultural chemical products by specific spraying equipment in the Extended Mallee ACCA

20080508 G19 Order

Prohibiting or regulating the sale or use of certain veterinary chemical products

20120322 G12 Order

Contaminated stock Order

20160303 G9 Order

Order prohibiting feeding stock food containing RAM to ruminants

20191128 G48 Order

Regulating the use of chemical products containing sodium fluoroacetate (1080) or 4-aminopropiophenone (PAPP)

20191128 G48 Order

Regulating the use of specified chemical products under certain licences and permits

GG2018S495 Order

Order prohibiting the use of chemical products for which registration is suspended or cancelled in certain circumstances

Page last updated: 16 Sep 2021