The horizon of 2022 represents a period of significant change for the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). This change stems from the government commitment to decentralise the authority by relocating operations to regional Australia.
On 9 June 2016, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, announced the Coalition Government would establish a Centre of Agricultural Excellence at the University of New England by co-locating the APVMA with the university and other specialised agricultural research centres. Delivering this commitment provides the opportunity to transform the business, invest in our people and sets us on a path to deliver world-class agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical regulation from regional Australia.
A new business operating model, supported by modern technology, will assist the authority improve and sustain organisational performance levels for completing client applications within statutory timeframes and also increase client and industry satisfaction rates.
The APVMA’s present information and communication technology (ICT) environment is at the point of critical failure. Investment in the authority’s infrastructure, applications and core business systems is vital to support the transition to Armidale, New South Wales, and underpins future efficiencies in application assessment and registration.
This digital strategy outlines our vision for a digitally enabled regulator by 2022. The strategy provides the framework for investment in an enabling technology program that will address the significant risk of ICT failure – stabilising, digitising and modernising APVMA’s regulatory service delivery.