What is registration and who must register?
Registration is how we keep track of people who import or manufacture industrial chemicals in Australia. You must register before you start introducing industrial chemicals.
What is registration?
This refers to the AICIS registration of a business that imports industrial chemicals into Australia or locally manufactures industrial chemicals (referred to as an 'introducer'). You register by completing an online form and paying a fee.
You register your business, not your products or chemicals.
You must register your business before you import or manufacture an industrial chemical in any given registration year. Our registration year is 1 September – 31 August.
Registration helps us to keep Australia’s chemical industry informed about their legal obligations. We use the revenue from registration to assess the risks of industrial chemicals, monitor compliance with our new laws, and support business and communication activities.
We publish a list of registered businesses on our website.
Learn more by watching our video - What is AICIS registration?
Download our information sheet
Our information sheet provides a basic overview of AICIS registration. Click on the image to view and download the PDF file:
Who doesn’t need to register
You are not required to register your business with us under certain limited circumstances. See Introductions that don't require categorisation or registration.
Who must register
You must register your business with us before you import or manufacture (‘introduce’) industrial chemicals for any of the following:
- import industrial chemicals, or products that release industrial chemicals into Australia
- import finished and packaged products that release industrial chemicals - for example, labelled cosmetic products (soap, shampoo, lotion), paint, glues, engine oil and pens
- import industrial chemicals and reformulate in Australia
- manufacture industrial chemicals in Australia
You must register your business even if:
- you only use the chemicals within your business (for example, you import a coolant to use in machines inside your factory)
- someone else is already importing or manufacturing the same or similar chemicals
- you're a small or start-up business
- you introduce a low volume of chemicals (for example, you import 9 grams of resin for use in plastic coatings)
- you introduce chemicals that you believe are non-hazardous, or have documentation to show that it is not hazardous
You must register regardless of the quantity of chemicals that you import or manufacture – there is no threshold limit
Example of who must register with us
Marie wants to import a large shipment of bottled rosehip-seed oil and distribute it directly to cosmetic and beauty retailers. Rosehip oil (‘rosa canina’) is listed on the Inventory and is regulated as an industrial chemical in Australia if it's used in cosmetics. Marie is importing it for commercial purposes. Marie must register her business with us.