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From 24 April 2024 there will be changes to categorisation, reporting & record keeping requirements - see announcements on changes to the General Rules & changes to the Categorisation Guidelines.

Apply to vary the terms of a listing on the Inventory

If you can't introduce a listed chemical within the terms of its Inventory listing or under the exempted or reported categories, you must ask us to vary the terms of that listing if you want to introduce it. You can’t apply for an assessment certificate for a chemical already listed on our Inventory.


working days to process


form(s) in AICIS Business Services


in AICIS Business Services

We will assess your application and, if we approve it, you can then lawfully introduce the chemical under the new varied terms. You must wait for the variation to come into effect before introducing your chemical.

Application requirements

You must provide:

  • Your AICIS Business ID
  • Chemical name or AICIS Approved Chemical Name (AACN)
  • A link to your search results of the AICIS Inventory
  • Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) number – if known

You must also pay the application fee in AICIS Business Services before we can process your application.

What you can apply to vary

You can apply to vary any of the following Inventory terms:

  • defined scope of assessment
  • conditions related to introduction or use
  • specific requirements related to providing information when introducing the chemical
  • chemical identity information (name, CAS Number, molecular formula)

Note: For each term you want to vary, you must tell us how you want to vary it and provide supporting information so we can assess any risks associated with varying the terms.


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Apply to vary a term of an Inventory listing when an assessment certificate is in force

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Apply to vary a term of an Inventory listing

Information you need to tell us to support your application

We need to know what’s different to our previous assessment of the chemical introduction. This includes any difference in the:

  • mode of introduction – import or manufacture
  • use and end use (this includes information on exposure to public, workers and the environment)
  • concentration of your chemical at introduction and at end use
  • annual volume of introduction
  • site of introduction or use
  • chemical identity

You can also tell us any other information you believe will support your application. When we consider your application, we must take into account any risks to human health or the environment and be satisfied they can be managed. We may also ask you for more information, and may consult with other bodies about risk management. Ultimately, if we are not satisfied that risk can be managed or if it reduces the scope of introduction already authorised, we cannot vary the terms.

Protection of confidential business information (CBI)

You can apply for protection of any varied specific end use or chemical identity as CBI. You can also flag other information such as concentration, volume or purity information as CBI. You need to tell us in your application if you are doing this.

Learn more about CBI 

Examples of what you need to tell us

Varying defined scope of assessment 

Inventory listing term 

The chemical has been assessed as imported as a finished use product  or for reformulation in Australia for use as a component of inkjet printing inks for commercial and public use at up to 10% concentration. 

How you will apply to vary this term? 

I want to import the chemical in industrial and consumer coatings at up to 30% concentration

Information to support your application

I am providing details on the proposed use and exposure to workers, the public and the environment from the new use of the chemical.

Varying conditions related to introduction or use

Inventory listing term

End use of the chemical can only occur at the Rockhampton and Ballarat sites of Tappyco P/L.

How you will request to vary this term?

I want to introduce 6 tonnes/year of the chemical, and use it at the Newcastle site of Wendoth P/L (for the same use as in the defined scope of assessment).

Information to support your application

I am providing Information on the proposed use at the Newcastle site, including details of disposal of waste and the occupational controls that will be in place.

Varying specific requirements on providing information when introducing the chemical

Inventory listing term

Chemical imports at greater than 20 tonnes/year are to be reported to AICIS.

How you will request to vary this term?

I would like this term of the Inventory listing to be removed.

Information to support your application

The requirement to report annual import volumes of the chemical is related to uncertainty about its effects on the environment, in particular its toxicity to terrestrial and aquatic species. I am providing new ecotoxicological studies that have just become available. The results indicate a lower than expected ecotoxicity, and will support my request to vary the term of the Inventory listing.

After you submit your application

We will make a decision within 70 working days, unless we:

  • need more information from you
  • receive information about hazards to human health or the environment before a decision is made, which would take significant additional time to consider
  • need to consult with a risk manager.

You can track the status of your application in AICIS Business Services. 

If we approve your application

If your application is successful, we will advise you, provide you with the assessment statement and vary the terms of the Inventory. 

We will also publish on our website:

  • a notice about the variation to the Inventory
  • the assessment statement

What details we publish will depend on whether you applied for, and were granted, protection of your CBI for the variation. 

If we don't approve your application

If you don't agree with our decision, you may ask us to reconsider our decision. You must submit a written request to the Executive Director within 20 working days of receiving our decision.

Completing the application form 

To view and use fillable forms, you need:

We aim to provide documents in an accessible format. If you're having problems using a document with your accessibility tools, please contact us for help.

Step 1: Download the application form and fill out the required information. 

Step 2: Make sure you save it to your hard drive as a PDF. Click File > Save and select a location for the file.

Step 3: Log into AICIS Business Services with your username and password, or create an account if you don’t have one.

Step 4: Click on the ‘Other applications’ tab, then click on ‘create a new application’. From the drop down list of applications, select 'Vary the terms of an inventory listing'.

Step 5: Click on the ‘Invoice’ tab, then select ‘Create Invoice’. You will need to pay online before you can proceed. Further instructions on how to pay are on the site.

Step 7: Click on ‘Upload Form’ and upload your saved application and any supporting documents, if required.

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