Annual Report 2013–14—Appendix C Requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 1982

The APVMA had 11 requests for information under the FOI Act in hand at the beginning of the year, and received an additional 75 applications during the year. There were 71 requests finalised during the year. These figures reflect a decrease in the number of requests received and completed under the FOI Act during recent years.

Access to information

Website

Information on the APVMA's structure, functions, powers and publications can be obtained from the APVMA website (apvma.gov.au).

Databases and public registers

We maintain databases to record applications for chemical products and active constituents; and store registration and approval details, details of fees and levy payments, mailing lists and other information. Staff details and industry and stakeholder contact details are also stored on databases.

Access to the following public registers is available via the APVMA website, via the free APVMA mobile app for iPhones or by visiting the APVMA office during business hours:

  • Register of Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Products, known as the Public Chemical Registration Information System (PubCRIS), for information on numbers and approved uses of registered pesticide and veterinary medicine products
  • Record of Approved Active Constituents for Chemical Products
  • Record of Permits.

Files and records

We receive submissions and applications relating to active constituents and chemical products, including data. We maintain this information in accordance with the National Archives of Australia record-keeping guidelines and procedures.

Publications

We produce publications on the National Registration Scheme for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals and related matters, including:

  • a fortnightly APVMA Gazette
  • information sheets
  • regulatory updates
  • community briefs
  • corporate plans and annual operational plans
  • annual reports
  • a Service Charter
  • media releases
  • a Manual of Requirements and Guidelines (agricultural and veterinary)
  • a labelling code of practice
  • guidelines on chemistry and manufacturing aspects
  • efficacy and safety guidelines
  • maximum residue limits
  • guidelines for recall of pesticides and veterinary medicines
  • a review of chemicals
  • a code of good manufacturing practice
  • information on how to report adverse experiences with pesticides or veterinary medicines
  • agricultural and veterinary public release summaries
  • trade advice notices.

Confidential commercial information

Some APVMA documents, particularly individual applications, contain confidential commercial information and may not be disclosed by the APVMA, except in accordance with the provisions of s. 162 of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code or under the FOI Act.

Public consultation

Special consideration is given to APVMA mechanisms for consultation with the pesticide and veterinary medicine industries, other relevant specialised industry sectors and community groups. We have a general policy of making the organisation accessible to industry associations and community organisations. We consult on a regular basis with a wide range of groups and organisations with relevant interests, and maintain close contact with rural and service industries, researchers and other government agencies that have an interest in pesticides and veterinary medicines. For more detail about the APVMA consultative framework, see Appendix B.

Information publication scheme

We administer the Information Publication Scheme (IPS) in accordance with s. 8 of the FOI Act, and ensure that information published on our website is accurate, up to date, complete and accessible. Our IPS entry is available on the APVMA website.

We have published the IPS agency plan on the APVMA website. The agency plan describes how we administer and comply with the IPS.

To protect your privacy, please do not include contact information in your feedback. If you would like a response, please contact us.