Regulatory Update #274

26 July 2018

APVMA closes out 201718 with improved regulatory performance

This week we released our latest quarterly performance statistics with our assessment of agricultural and veterinary chemicals improving again.

Performance has increased steadily from 58 per cent of assessments finalised on time in the June quarter of 2017, to the new high of 85 per cent in June 2018.

On-time assessment for major applications also improved. Major veterinary applications rose by 14 per cent and major pesticide applications were up by 9 per cent on the previous quarter.

The latest results are part of an overall positive trend, with on-time assessments increasing from an average of 69 per cent in the previous quarter to 73 per cent in 2017–18.

View the latest performance statistics for the June 2018 quarter.

Receiving digital files from the APVMA

As part of the application process, our clients often need to send digital files to the APVMA, and through the assessment process, the APVMA will send digital files to our clients. To speed things up, we’ve started using a secure data sharing platform called SigBox.

  • Receiving data from the APVMA: in most cases, we will send data via SigBox. If receiving data from us, you will get an email from SigBox asking you to set up an account. Once you've set up your account, you will receive a second email giving you access to the shared content. SigBox has a 1GB data limit.
  • Sending data to the APVMA: continue to send digital files via email (for attachments up to 15MB) or mail us a USB for files larger than 15MB. We’re working on being able to accept data through SigBox, and we’ll let you know when this change will happen.

 These changes are being carried out as part of our enabling technology program.

APVMA CEO engages with future industry leaders at summit in Sydney

Our Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, addressed future leaders of agribusiness and primary industries at a summit in Sydney on Tuesday 24 July. 

The event gave our agency an opportunity to engage with fellow agvet industry members on how we have managed change across the industry, and to look at future improvements.

Dr Parker discussed his own experience in leadership positions, the APVMA’s ongoing work to improve performance, and our role as a regulator.

Reminder—open for public consultation

We regularly seek input throughout our chemical registration and review processes, and other operational and regulatory processes. We are currently seeking input on the following open consultations:

Contact us

  • Phone our general enquiries number: +61 2 6210 4701
  • Email:
  • Our mailing address is:
    Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
    PO Box 6182
    Kingston, Australian Capital Territory 2604

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