Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Amendment Bill 2012

Background

The Federal Government has introduced the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 to implement its Better Regulation of Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals policy.

NSW Farmers has been an active stakeholder in the development of the government's 'Better Regulation' reforms since the first discussion paper in late 2010. Over this period, NSW Farmers has consistently promoted the need for the agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals scheme to be underpinned by evidence based science; encourage the availability of new and safer chemistry through registration and minor use pathways; and ensure that chemicals used are safe and effective.

On this basis NSW Farmers opposes the bill.

NSW Farmers is concerned of the impact the Bill will have on farmers as a result of increased bureaucratic burden; and the opportunity cost oflost productivity due to the withdrawal of safe chemicals and delays in introducing new and innovative chemicals to drive further growth.

Specific issues of high concern for NSW Farmers are:

  • That the proposed chemical re-registration scheme will duplicate the existing chemical review program at the expense of $2 m per annum from 2015-16 onwards.
  • That neither the APVMA, nor the necessary procedures will be ready on the proposed commencement date on 1 July 2013.

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Contact: Justin Crosby

Phone: 1300 794 000

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