​​​Media Release

Cutting agvet chemical red tape

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce
Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad

11 November 2015​

The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to further streamline the approval of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals to reduce industry and user costs as a second phase of consultations begins on a raft of reforms under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, said the series of workshops being held across Australia was a measured approach to reform to give farmers access to newer, better farm chemicals.

"Improving access to agvet chemicals puts farmers on a more equitable footing with their international competitors," Minister Joyce said.

"Removing unnecessary red tape is a key focus of the government and critical to achieving a fair return at the farm gate.

"Under the Ag White Paper, $20.4 million was allocated to streamline chemicals regulation and we've been working with our farm industry and chemicals sector to develop reforms that will deliver major improvements to Australian agricultural productivity.

"This is a three-phase process, and we'll be talking to farmers and industry at every step. The workshops are part of phase 2, then we'll be going back to stakeholders again for their input in phase 3."

Mr Broad said improvements in agvet chemical regulations would have wide benefits.

"They benefit farmers and other users, the environment and the community, while retaining protections for the health and safety of humans, animals and the environment—by improving access to more chemical products and broadening the use of products already in the market," Mr Broad said.

"They include greater reliance on international decisions about chemicals seeking access to the Australian market and working with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to register chemicals for similar crops at the same time."

Minister Joyce said the government was also building on the efficiencies already delivered by simplifying and improving APVMA processes.

"Draft regulations are out for public comment this week that could not only save up to $600,000 in regulatory costs but will also enable the introduction of a new chemical to control wild dogs," Minister Joyce said.

"These reforms are on top of others we've already delivered this year to improve the way agvet chemical regulations deal with low risk stock and pet food, reducing red tape by $7.8 million."

To find out more about a workshop near you, and to register visit: agriculture.gov.au/agvet.​