Media Release

Removing red tape for agricultural chemicals: have your say

18 December 2013

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today announced the release of draft legislation to stop another layer of duplicative and unnecessary red tape burdening users of agricultural and veterinary chemicals.

“Our farmers use chemicals responsibly to grow food and fibre that sustains the nation – as well as the world,” Minister Joyce said.

“We need a regulatory system that supports the responsible use of chemicals – whether veterinary, fungicides, herbicides or insecticides.

“Chemicals are important tools for our primary producers because they contribute so significantly to our agricultural productivity and profitability, and in many cases reduce our environmental footprint.

“Industry has published estimates that the regulatory costs will increase by more than $8 million a year from 1 July 2014 if the current Labor legislation isn’t amended – all for no discernible benefit to the community.

“This consultation is an important step in the agriculture space for the government to achieve its promise to cut the cost of red and green tape by $1 billion a year.

“Farmers need the government to listen to them and stop unnecessary agvet chemical regulation that increases costs and paperwork – two things that may make re-registration of low risk, cheap and off-patent chemicals uneconomically viable,” Minister Joyce said.

“Submissions on future cost recovery arrangements for the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) are being invited until 7 March 2014.

“We are now focusing on speeding up APVMA processes to make new safe, effective chemistries available to farmers and a program to provide $8 million to support minor use chemical registration.”

“I encourage industry and farmers to take this opportunity and have a say on this important issue,” Minister Joyce said.

The draft legislation is available for public comment until 7 March 2014 at