Improving our business

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has received Australian Government funding to deliver a range of projects to improve the way we do business and simplify the registration process for our clients and stakeholders.

Improving access to agricultural and veterinary chemicals

With a combined grant of $370,000 from the Department of Agricultural, Water and the Environment to improve access to agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals, we’re working with industry and other government departments to establish an official Australian crop grouping list and associated guidance and migrate some permits to labels to include additional uses.

Learn more about how you’ll benefit from our work to improve access to agvet chemicals

Independent review of assessment performance

We’re committed to improving our performance and delivering on our legislated timeframes. To help us improve we commissioned an independent review of operational performance to identify the underlying causes for delays in assessment and registration of agricultural and veterinary chemical products, permits, and active constituents. The review was undertaken by Reason Group and a report, the Independent Review of Assessment Performance, was published in January 2018. It outlines recommendations against three broad themes: improve the use of regulatory instruments; build more efficient assessment processes; and modify legislation, cost recovery and reporting methods to better position the agency to deliver.

A summary report is also available and outlines key findings and recommendations from the review.

We have accepted all recommendations and work is underway to implement immediate priorities, including:

  • better use of legislative instruments
  • exploring earlier rejections of poor quality submissions
  • improved management of backlogs
  • lowering sign off of decisions to assessment teams.

Accepting trusted international data, standards and assessments

We’re reducing regulatory burden for industry by accepting trusted international data, standards and assessments for use in our assessments for new agvet chemical applications.

Utilising relevant assessments from overseas in APVMA risk assessment means that we can deliver a decision on an agvet chemical application sooner, supporting faster time to market and providing benefits to producers and registrants.

If you’re considering submitting an international assessment with an application, contact us via our pre-application assistance (PAA) service to discuss potential time savings and work out a project plan for how we will use the assessments.

See our guidance for submitting international data, standards and assessments to learn more about the overseas data, standards and assessments we accept.

Case Study–Brevis (metamitron) approved ahead of time.

Improved access to chemicals

A project to improve farmers’ access to safe and effective agricultural and veterinary chemicals.

Contestability of the efficacy assessment

A project to determine if performance can be improved through alternative structures, processes or provider arrangements.

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