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Use of agvet chemicals in Australia
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) does not monitor or enforce the correct use of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals.
The correct use of agvet chemicals is first and foremost the user’s responsibility. The APVMA-approved directions for use are on the label of every registered agvet product in Australia and must be followed. The incorrect use of agvet chemicals in Australia is monitored and enforced collaboratively by the police, Safe Work Australia and state and territory government authorities.
The incorrect use of an agvet chemical can lead to health issues and harm pets, livestock, crops and the environment.
Furthermore, some of the approved safety and use directions on the label are legally binding – incorrect use can lead to fines, litigation and in some circumstances criminal prosecution.
If you suspect agvet chemicals are being used incorrectly or illegally, report it immediately to your state or territory government authority.
Control of use
State and territory governments are responsible for controlling the use of pesticides and veterinary medicines beyond the point of retail sale. In some states, more than one agency is involved.
Once a registered chemical product is sold or supplied to an end-user, it is controlled by state and territory legislation through legislative initiatives, codes of practice manuals, or standard operating procedures.
The following government agencies are responsible for managing the use of pesticides and veterinary medicines in each state and territory.
|Australian Capital Territory||Access Canberra||ACT Environment Protection Authority
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: 13 22 81 or 02 6207 5311
|New South Wales||Environmental Protection Agency||
NSW Environment Protection Authority
Parramatta NSW 2124
|New South Wales||NSW Department of Primary Industries||Biosecurity NSW
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Locked Bag 21
Orange NSW 2800
Phone: 02 6391 3625 or 02 6391 3100
Mobile: 0429 793 085
|Northern Territory||Department of Primary Industry and Resources||Biosecurity and Animal Welfare
Department of Primary Industry and Resources
GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 08 8999 2102
|Queensland||Department of Agriculture and Fisheries||Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
GPO Box 46
Brisbane QLD 4001
Phone: 13 25 23 or 07 3404 6999
|South Australia||Department of Primary Industries and Regions||
Rural Chemicals Operations
|Tasmania||Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment||Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment
PO Box 46
Kings Meadows TAS 7249
Phone: 03 6777 2133
Mobile: 0408 365 461
|Victoria||Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources||Agriculture Victoria
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
475 Mickelham Rd
Attwood VICTORIA 3049
Phone: 136 186
|Western Australia||Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development||Chemical Coordinator, Chemical Services
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Locked Bag No.4
Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983
Phone: 08 9368 3815 / 08 9368 3333
Mobile: 0427 193 838
|Western Australia||WA Health||Environment Health Directorate
Public Health & Clinical Services Division
Department of Health WA
PO Box 8172
Perth Business Centre WA 6849
Phone: 08 9388 4946