Average decision time

The average decision time remained steady in December quarter 2016 for both standard and extended timeframe applications. 

See the notes at the end of this section for information about the tables.

1. All applications—post 1 July 2014—December quarter 2016

Type of application Item Standard applications (months) Extended applications (months)
Number finalised Average duration Assessment period Number finalised Average duration Assessment period
Products New product
(new active)
1 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
2 4 18.4 16.7 9 19.4 21.5
New product
(existing active)
3 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
4 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
5 3 9.9 8.0 1 12.0 12.0
6 1 15.0 8.0 1 17.5 12.0
7 29 3.7 3.0 5 8.0 5.0
8 24 2.6 3.0 3 6.4 5.0
9 N/A N/A 2.0 N/A N/A 4.0
10 21 9.5 7.3 17 14.1 11.8
10A 10 2.4 2.0 N/A N/A 0.0
Variations 11 N/A N/A 10.0 N/A N/A 15.0
12 34 3.2 3.0 3 5.5 5.0
13 3 2.5 3.0 N/A N/A 5.0
13A 82 0.6 1.0 N/A N/A N/A
14 24 6.7 6.9 27 9.1 9.5
Actives 15 N/A N/A 14.0 N/A N/A 20.0
16 N/A N/A 9.0 N/A N/A 13.0
17 145 4.8 7.0 10 8.5 11.0
18 38 5.8 7.0 1 9.2 11.0
Permits 19 4 1.2 3.0 N/A N/A 5.0
20 43 1.9 3.0 1 4.8 5.0
21 23 6.5 5.1 5 11.3 10.4
22 19 0.9 3.8 1 7.0 15.0
23 9 2.3 3.9 4 12.1 12.4
112A 1 0.3 0.0 N/A N/A 0.0
Total 517 3.9 N/A 88 11.1 N/A

2. Pesticide applications—post 1 July 2014—December quarter 2016

Type of application Item Standard applications (months) Extended applications (months)
Number finalised Average duration Assessment period Number finalised Average duration Assessment period
Products New product
(new active)
1 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
2 N/A N/A 0.0 1 18.3 14.1
New product
(existing active)
3 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
4 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
5 3 9.9 8.0 1 12.0 12.0
6 1 15.0 8.0 1 17.5 12.0
7 28 3.7 3.0 4 7.6 5.0
8 17 2.8 3.0 3 6.4 5.0
9 N/A N/A 2.0 N/A N/A 4.0
10 16 8.0 6.9 12 13.6 11.0
10A 8 2.5 2.0 N/A N/A 0.0
Variations 11 N/A N/A 10.0 N/A N/A 15.0
12 26 3.4 3.0 3 5.5 5.0
13 3 2.5 3.0 N/A N/A 5.0
13A N/A N/A 1.0 N/A N/A N/A
14 11 7.3 6.6 8 12.7 12.0
Permits 19 N/A N/A 3.0 N/A N/A 5.0
20 28 2.0 3.0 1 4.8 5.0
21 22 6.7 4.6 5 11.3 10.4
22 15 1.0 3.6 1 7.0 15.0
23 4 2.2 4.8 1 15.3 16.0
112A 1 0.3 0.0 N/A N/A 0.0
Total 184 4.1 N/A 42 11.6 N/A

3. Veterinary medicine applications—post 1 July 2014—December quarter 2016

Type of application Item Standard applications (months) Extended applications (months)
Number finalised Average duration Assessment period Number finalised Average duration Assessment period
Products New product
(new active)
1 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
2 1 3.9 16.9 6 19.8 23.0
New product
(existing active)
3 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
4 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
5 N/A N/A 8.0 N/A N/A 12.0
6 N/A N/A 8.0 N/A N/A 12.0
7 1 3.0 3.0 1 9.7 5.0
8 7 2.3 3.0 N/A N/A 5.0
9 N/A N/A 2.0 N/A N/A 4.0
10 5 14.4 8.6 5 15.4 13.8
10A 2 2.0 2.0 N/A N/A 0.0
Variations 11 N/A N/A 10.0 N/A N/A 15.0
12 8 2.4 3.0 N/A N/A 5.0
13 N/A N/A 3.0 N/A N/A 5.0
13A 82 0.6 1.0 N/A N/A N/A
14 13 6.3 7.2 19 7.6 8.5
Permits 19 4 1.2 3.0 N/A N/A 5.0
20 15 1.7 3.0 N/A N/A 5.0
21 1 1.8 16.0 N/A N/A 0.0
22 4 0.7 4.5 N/A N/A 0.0
23 5 2.3 3.2 3 11.1 11.2
112A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 148 2.0 N/A 34 11.2 N/A

3.1. Table notes

Average decision time is the average time taken to complete evaluations from commencement to finalisation. Average time is calculated by adding the decision times and dividing these by the number of applications in that category. Decision time is calculated by subtracting the commencement date from the finalisation date and dividing by 30.417 to get the decision time in months.

The assessment period for each application type and item number is set in the legislation—this is the standard decision time. However, there are two conditions which allow the APVMA to vary or extend the assessment period:

  • a change in the category of an application may be made once in the life of the application under section 70(b) of the Agvet Code
  • one extension of 1.33 times the original assessment period (rounded up) plus one month may be applied for under section 159 of the Agvet Code.

N/A means no applications were finalised for that item in the reporting period.

Variable means some items have a variable legislated assessment period because they are modular in nature. Each application will have a different expected duration. The figure in brackets after the variable text show the average expected timeframe for these items in this quarter. This average expected timeframe may change in each quarter depending on the nature of the applications being evaluated.

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