New agvet chemical legislation passed parliament yesterday in a significant win for local Pearce farmers and the wider agriculture sector.
Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said the new legislation would reduce the burden of regulation by $1.3 million per year and deliver greater efficiency and lower costs for agriculture and industry while ensuring that existing protections aren’t compromised.
“Agvet chemicals contribute to 68 per cent of all crop production in Australia and are critical to our nation’s $47.9 billion per annum farming industry,” Mr Porter said.
“The Coalition Government has listened to industry and farmers, and removed unnecessary costs and paperwork that would otherwise have been required to re-register all chemicals.
“It is one of the ways that this government is working with the Australian community to ease the burden of red and green tape on business by at least $1 billion per year.”
Mr Porter said that, under the new legislation, approvals would no longer end after a particular period and registrations may be renewed perpetually.
“The legislation removes redundant provisions that allow applications to re-approve and re-register active constituents and chemical products,” he said.
“The legislation also improves the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority’s ability to secure information about the safety of chemicals supplied in the market and streamlines the process companies have to go through to vary an approval or registration.
“These reforms have been developed in close consultation with industry and communities alongside state and territory governments and are a big win for our local agriculture sector.”