Report a chemical use issue

Chemical standards officers ensure agricultural and veterinary chemicals are used in line with the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992.

This includes responding to reports from the public regarding inappropriate or potentially illegal chemical supply or use. For example, dealing with allegations of:

  • chemical misuse
  • spray drift
  • unacceptable residues.

Reports are treated seriously and with a high level of respect.

Before making a report to Agriculture Victoria, please read through the following information to ensure that your chemical report falls within the scope of Agriculture Victoria's responsibilities. Other agencies, such as local council and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are responsible for some chemical use reports as detailed below.

Public health issues

Individuals with public health concerns about agricultural chemicals should contact the environmental health officer at their local municipal council.

Whenever a health concern is raised, it is also essential to discuss the issue with a doctor as soon as possible.

For emergencies, call the Victorian Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26, 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Occupational health and safety

In the event of workplace occupational health and safety issues, contact your nearest WorkSafe agency on 1800 136 089 (toll free) or (03) 9641 1444.

Environmental issues

Refer to the refer to the Environment Protection Authority for environmental enquiries, including:

  • pollution
  • contaminated land
  • chemical misplacement.

Phone (24 hours): 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC)

Make a report

To make a report to Agriculture Victoria about a chemical use issue, please use the following contact form. Alternatively, you can contact your local chemical standards officer.

For more information about what Agriculture Victoria will do if you make a report, including what information you may be required to provide, see the following fact sheet:

Contact form

Please use the following form to report chemical issues of this nature.

For general enquiries and questions please contact the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

Page last updated: 18 Dec 2020