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.

APVMA basics

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is the Australian Government regulator of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical products.

Service charter

The standard of service you can expect from the APVMA and how to provide feedback.

How we make decisions

Guidelines we have made under 6A of the Agvet Code

Access, accountability and reporting

Planning and reporting processes for the APVMA

Request information from the APVMA

There are two ways to request information from the APVMA. These are Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code requests and Freedom of Information requests.


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Corporate governance

An Australian government statutory authority.

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.

Vision, mission and purpose

The APVMA has vision, mission and purpose statements.

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