The APVMA is an Australian government statutory authority established in 1993 to centralise the registration of all agricultural and veterinary chemical products into the Australian marketplace. Previously each State and Territory government had its own system of registration. The APVMA was previously known as the National Registration Authority (NRA).

Principal responsibilities

The authority's principal responsibilities are described in the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 and the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994.


Except for a minor budgetary appropriation, the APVMA's activities are funded through cost recovery. This is in accordance with the agreement which established the National Registration Scheme. Most of the APVMA’s operational income is collected from registrants of pesticides and veterinary medicines. Registrants pay application fees to register products, and an annual fee to maintain product registrations. Registrants also pay levies based on the annual wholesale sales value of registered products.

Vision, mission and purpose

The APVMA has vision, mission and purpose statements.

People, structure and governance

We are a statutory authority with a CEO, five key program areas, one advisory board and external committees.

Our functions and powers

The APVMA is responsible for the regulation and control of agricultural and veterinary chemicals up to the point of retail sale and oversees the import and export of those chemicals and medicines.

The role of the APVMA

The APVMA is the regulator of agvet chemicals in Australia. Learn more about this role, it's background and how we fulfill it.

Communication, decision making and information

Public consultations, how we make regulatory decisions and the way we ensure transparency in our activities.

APVMA dictionary

Definitions of legal, administrative and scientific/technical terms, as well as commonly used acronyms used by the APVMA.

Legislative framework

The legislative environment in which we operate.

Regulatory framework

The APVMA regulates agvet chemicals up to the point of retail sale. The states and territories are responsible for controlling use.

Risk assessment framework

A project to develop a risk assessment framework


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