In 2015, Australian environment ministers agreed to establish a national standard to manage the environmental risks of industrial chemicals.
A draft National Standard for Environmental Risk Management of Industrial Chemicals was developed. We consulted stakeholders on its design and processes from 2015 to 2018.
We released draft legislation to set up the National Standard for public consultation from 7 January to 21 February 2020.
The package included:
- draft Commonwealth legislation
- examples of supporting instruments
- explanatory materials.
Draft legislation package
These explanatory notes give an overview of the key functions and mechanisms under the Bill:
The Principles are a supporting instrument to the Bill. This instrument will outline the criteria the Minister must comply with when making decisions about industrial chemicals under the proposed legislation. The explanatory notes provide further information:
The Register is a supporting instrument to the Bill. It records and publishes scheduling decisions by the Minister. This is an example of what the register may look like. Scheduling decisions cannot be made by the Minister until the legislation is in place.
Find more detailed notes on the register:
Risk management measures
Risk management measures will be incorporated in scheduling decisions in order to set requirements associated with a particular use or disposal of a chemical. A standard suite of risk management measures has been developed in consultation with states and territories, building on feedback received through consultation in 2017.
Categorising PBT chemicals
Information Paper – Criteria used to categorise an organic chemical as Persistent, Bioaccumulative and/or Toxic (PDF - 125.66 KB)
Information Paper – Criteria used to categorise an organic chemical as Persistent, Bioaccumulative and/or Toxic (DOCX - 116.46 KB)
The National Persistence, Bioaccumulation and Toxicity criteria are indicators used to categorise those characteristics of organic chemicals. This Information Paper provides definitions of these terms, which form part of the Principles.
Responses to draft legislation package
We received 11 formal responses. Submissions were made by national bodies, government agencies, and other interested organisations and individuals.
We would like to thank those who responded.
These are the non-confidential submissions we received:
- Australian Paint Manufacturers Federation
- Chemistry Australia
- Department of Health, Western Australia
- Fire Protection Association Australia
- Gowans, Andrew
- International Fragrance Association (IFRA)
- Minerals Council of Australia
- Rae, Professor Ian D.
- South Australian Water Corporation
- Willson Consulting
Policy development documents
Draft national standard and categorisation tool
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