AGVET Code of Queensland - Queensland


Under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Queensland) Act 1994 the Code set out in the schedule to Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 (Commonwealth) is adopted as Queensland law and is referred to as the Agvet Code of Queensland.

The regulations in force under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 (Commonwealth) also apply as the Agvet regulations of Queensland.

The Agvet Code provides for evaluation, regulation and control of the manufacture and supply of agricultural and veterinary chemical products and of active constituents for proposed or existing products. The Code also provides for the registration and approval of labels for chemical products.

It also provides for the licensing of chemical manufacturers and for the issuing of permits in special circumstances to allow a person to take action, in respect of a chemical product, which is not otherwise approved by the Code.

The Act transfers responsibility for the evaluation and registration and approval of agricultural and veterinary chemicals to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

Please consult the Agency Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

The Code forms part of what is called the National Registration Scheme for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRS). The NRS is a partnership between the Commonwealth and the states and territories, with a shared division of responsibilities.

Under the NRS the APVMA is responsible for the assessment and registration of pesticides and veterinary medicines and for their regulation up to and including the point of retail sale in Australia. The APVMA is also responsible for monitoring compliance in the marketplace and for reviewing registered chemical products to ensure that they continue to meet high contemporary standards.

State and territory governments are responsible for controlling the use of pesticides and veterinary medicines beyond the point of retail sale.

Queensland control of use legislation associated with the NRS includes:

Agriculture and Fisheries

  • Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Act 1966
  • Chemical Usage (Agricultural and Veterinary Control) Act 1988

Queensland Health

  • Pest Management Act 2001

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Additional information

The APVMA Gazette is published fortnightly and contains:

  • details of the registration of agricultural and veterinary chemical products and other approvals granted by the APVMA
  • notices as required by the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code (the Agvet Code) and related legislation
  • a range of regulatory material issued by the APVMA.

Administering agency

Queensland Health

Contact details

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Customer Service Centre

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Phone: 07 3404 6999
Phone: 13 25 23
Website: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Customer Service Centre (Opens in new window)