Agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals include a range of products developed to protect crops, livestock and domestic animals; safeguard our environment from invasive weeds and pests; and meet consumer needs for things such as household insecticides and pool and spa chemicals. They have brought long-term benefits to Australian agriculture by reducing the effects of weeds, pests and diseases on agricultural and forest production. This has led to increased productivity, better quality produce, more competitive industries and improved environmental outcomes.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is responsible for international and domestic policy on agvet chemicals, and for Commonwealth agvet chemical legislation. Further information on the department’s work is available at the links below.
- National Registration Scheme
- Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
- Legislative Framework
- Changes to agvet chemical regulation