The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) was established under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 (Administration Act). The authority’s principal responsibilities are described in the Administration Act and the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994.
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Better regulation of agricultural and veterinary chemicals
The Australian Government has identified the regulation of agricultural and veterinary chemicals as an important area of reform.
Find out more about these reforms.
The APVMA’s activities are funded through cost recovery, except for a minor budgetary appropriation. This is in accordance with the agreement that established the National Registration Scheme.
Most of the APVMA’s operational income is collected from registrants of pesticides and veterinary medicines. Registrants pay application fees to register products and an annual fee to maintain product registrations. Registrants also pay levies based on the annual wholesale sales value of registered products.