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Welcome to the website of the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS). We started on 1 July 2020. Read about us.

Industrial chemicals law in Australia

The Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 is the Australian law that regulates the importation and manufacture of industrial chemicals in Australia. AICIS is the regulatory scheme that administers these laws.

Legislation and key documents that support our laws

The Act

Industrial Chemicals Act 2019

Explanatory Memorandum Industrial Chemicals Act

Transitional Act and Rules

The Industrial Chemicals (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Rules 2019 cover matters relating to the changeover from NICNAS to AICIS which took effect on 1 July 2020. They work together with the Industrial Chemicals (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act 2019.

View the Explanatory Statement to the Transitional Rules

If you have a question about anything to do with the changeover from NICNAS to AICIS, you can find out more by following links on this page. Otherwise, please contact us for help.

General Rules

The General Rules set out the details for the regulation of the importation and manufacture of industrial chemicals in Australia under AICIS.

Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules 2019

Explanatory Statement Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules

Industrial Chemicals Categorisation Guidelines and supporting guidance

The Industrial Chemicals Categorisation Guidelines set out technical details and requirements to support introducers to categorise categorise introductions of industrial chemicals in Australia. They need to be read with the General Rules.

These Guidelines are issued by the Executive Director of AICIS.

Step-by-step guide on how to categorise your introduction

Drawing on information in the IC Act, General Rules and the Industrial Chemicals Categorisation Guidelines we've put together this practical step-by-step categorisation guide with supporting self-guided decision tools to help you complete the categorisation process. The guidance walks you through what you need to check and in what order you need to do it.

Take a look at our categorisation guidance

Legislation related to fees and charges

There are also 3 Industrial Chemicals Charges Acts that authorise the imposition of charges on importers and manufacturers of industrial chemicals.

The following Regulations and Rules are currently being finalised and will take effect from 1 July 2020:

We will provide links to these Regulations and Rules once they are finalised.


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