Introduction of the Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Regulation 2021

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has competed a Sunset Review of the Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Regulation 1998 (the ACDC Regulation). This is consistent with the requirement for all subordinate legislation in Queensland to be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that regulations remain cost-effective and fit-for-purpose. Australian Mangoes was involved in the consultation which informed this review. 

The ACDC Regulation, authorised under the Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Act 1966 (the Act), provides the framework for the provision of licensing of agricultural chemical application (aerial and ground distribution). 

On 31 August 2021, the Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Regulation 2021 replaced the Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Regulation 1998.  

The following minor changes were implemented in the ACDC Regulation: 

  • Removal of AHCPMG301 (Control Weeds) as a competency training unit required for chemical application licences. The removal of this competency unit aligns with a national agreement reached in agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical control-of-use harmonisation between the Commonwealth and all state and territory jurisdictions, which have been endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). 

  • Amendment of the particulars required to be entered in the public register to reduce the level of information disclosed.

  • Removal of Restrictions on opening containers of volatile chemicals, which was an unnecessary requirement on industry for constraints on opening certain chemical containers within 25m of a crop or of stock that is susceptible to damage. The risk associated with the volatility of currently registered agricultural chemicals to crops and stock is adequately managed through label instructions. 

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