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Compliance and enforcement framework
The APVMA leads the nation’s regulation of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals up to the point of retail sale. We aim to fulfil the objects of our legislation and maintain a level playing field for members of the industry, while allowing access to a diverse and safe range of agvet chemical products to support the Australian economy.
The APVMA works with other Australian Government and state and territory agencies to ensure that only those chemicals assessed to be safe to people, animals and the environment and that do not prejudice trade with other countries are permitted in the Australian market.
Effective compliance and enforcement raises the community’s awareness of our sphere of regulation and encourages voluntary compliance that is both cost-effective and efficient. We adopt a risk-based approach to regulation to ensure that attention and resources focus on maintaining the integrity of the regulatory system and on those areas that pose the greatest risk to human or animal health, the environment, primary and other industries and trade or that are of major concern to the community.
Our compliance and enforcement objectives
The APVMA’s compliance and enforcement framework supports the objectives of:
- meeting the objects of national agvet chemical legislation
- encouraging and promoting voluntary compliance, including through effective stakeholder engagement
- focusing compliance effort on key regulatory priorities, guided by risk
- applying the APVMA regulatory framework consistently, predictably, transparently and fairly across all regulated commodity areas.
Our objective is to be a world-class regulator of agvet chemicals. Our response to noncompliance will be consistent, predictable, timely, transparent and fair.
These pages explain our policy and approach, the measures and sanctions we can apply, the circumstances in which we will apply them, the standards we strive to meet in the conduct of our work, and the governance of our activities.