Annual returns

Reporting for 2021–22 is open until 30 November 2022

The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Board and Other Improvements) Bill 2019 has resulted in various changes to the annual returns process for 2022.

The legislative basis for annual returns can be found in the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994, sections 35 to 37.

Annual reporting changes

Reporting of annual returns is now based on the quantity of product (not the active constituent).

For the 2021–22 year, persons liable to pay levy on products are also required to report the quantity of leviable disposals of these products by 30 November.

Please be aware that this process is separate from the declaration of leviable values.

Who should report

Those who are liable to pay levy on a product have an obligation to provide the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) with a return stating the quantity of product subject to leviable disposal during the reporting period.

Leviable disposal of a product occurs when a product is manufactured in Australia or imported into Australia, and subsequently disposed of, or applied by the manufacturer for the manufacturer's own use. If you are not liable to pay levy on a product, you are not required to report disposals.

What to report

The total leviable disposals of each product, including units, as a bulk quantity.

Records of this information must be retained for six years. You do not need to report products for which you are not liable to pay levy, that is:

  • veterinary products in quantities that totalled 3 kg or less for the reporting period
  • agricultural products in quantities that totalled 10 kg or less for the reporting period.

When to report

Returns must be given to the APVMA before 30 November each year.

    How to report

    The APVMA has developed an online reporting system to make it as easy as possible to provide returns. To commence reporting, log in to the APVMA online services portal and click on the ‘reporting’ tab.

    From the reporting tab, users can enter quantities for each product. Note the table headings 'imported', 'exported' and 'manufactured' are no longer relevant. Please enter the disposal quantity in one of these columns and select the appropriate units.

    A copy of the data entered can be viewed in a spreadsheet and saved by selecting the spreadsheet icon in the top right-hand corner of the reporting screen.

    Who can access the online reporting system?

    Anyone who has access to the APVMA online levies and fees system can report. This includes the primary user for the business, nominated agent or authorised agent. If you do not already have access to the APVMA system, you will not be able to report.

    If you require assistance with your online services login to access the 'annual reporting' link, please email your details to enquiries@apvma.gov.au.

    Compliance with the legislation

    If you believe you will have difficulty reporting this information, please contact the APVMA to discuss your circumstances.

    It is an offence under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 to not provide a return by the due date and penalties may apply.

    Enquiries should be directed to enquiries@apvma.gov.au.

    Phone: +1300 700 315

    Confidentiality of data provided

    To ensure Confidential Commercial Information is preserved the APVMA is bound by the confidentiality provisions of section 162 of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994.

    Answers to common questions

    Find answers to common questions received by the APVMA as part of the annual reporting process.

    Your feedback will be submitted to the APVMA anonymously. If you require a response, please contact us.