How to register?
You must register your business with us before you start importing or manufacturing.
If you previously had a Business Services account with NICNAS, it will automatically transfer to our new scheme AICIS. You can go ahead and log in to AICIS Business Services with the same username and password. You’ll need to renew your registration when it expires on 31 August.
When do I register?
You must register your business if you import or manufacture (‘introduce’) industrial chemicals - or products that contain industrial chemicals - to sell commercially.
Our registration year is 1 September – 31 August. We don’t offer pro rata registration.
This means your registration starts from the date you register with us and expires on 31 August each year. You must be registered before you introduce industrial chemicals in any registration year.
Information you will need
To register, you’ll need to know:
- the value of the industrial chemicals you imported or manufactured (‘introduced’) during the previous financial year (that is, for the year ending 2 months before the registration year starts)
- if you are a foreign (non-Australian) businesses – you’ll need an Australian Registered Body Number (ARBN)
As a guide to determining the value of your chemicals, you could use relevant commercial documents such as commercial invoices, orders or confirmations, airway bills, insurance certificates or receipts for purchase of goods.
You must keep records of how you made your calculations. Registrants are subject to random audits and it is an offence to provide false or misleading information.
You must keep all relevant commercial documents for at least 5 years. Read more about your compliance, reporting and record-keeping requirements.
Registering without an Australian business number
Most businesses will need an Australian business number (ABN) to register with us. However, if you are a small business wanting to introduce chemicals, you can still register without an active ABN.
Options for valuing your chemical introductions
|Option 1 - import chemicals only||Annual value of all relevant industrial chemicals = Customs value (AUD) + Insurance + Freight + Customs duty|
Option 2 - manufacture chemicals only
Total value of relevant industrial chemical manufactured = Cost of labour and materials (including all ingredients) involved in manufacture + factory overhead expenses
Note: Manufacturing involves making a different chemical. Blending or mixing chemicals without making a different chemical is not considered manufacturing a chemical.
Option 3 - import AND manufacture chemicals (but imports are not used in manufacture)
Option I for imports + Option 2 for manufactured industrial chemicals
Option 4 - import AND manufacture chemicals (but some, or all, imports are used in manufacture)
Use the method described in Option 3.
However, make sure the value of the imported chemicals (used to manufacture another chemical) is only counted once in the total value.
How to register
Step 1: If you’re a new user, go to AICIS Business Services and click ‘Sign up’ to create an account.
Step 2: Read the disclaimer then select the check box to confirm you have read and understood the information provided. Click ‘Next’.
Step 3: If you have an ABN (for Australian businesses) or ARBN (for foreign businesses), select ‘yes’ to the question about having an active ABN. Enter your ABN or ARBN and click ‘Get ABR’ details. Complete the rest of the enrolment form and click ‘Next’.
If you don't have an ABN, select 'no' to the question about having an active ABN and choose the reason why from the drop-down box.
If you get an error message that the ABN or ARBN already exists in the system, contact your business administrator or call us on 1800 638 528.
Step 4: You will receive an email with your username and instructions about how to set your password. Click on the link in the email.
Step 5: You will be directed to our password reset page. Enter your username and click ‘Reset password’.
Step 6: You will receive a password reset email. Click the link in the email. Enter your new password, confirm and click ‘Submit’.
Step 7: You will see a message confirming that your password has been created. You can now log on to AICIS Business Services.
Step 8: Once you’re logged in, click on the ‘Registration’ tab, then click on ‘Register now’.
Step 9: Enter the value of the industrial chemicals imported and/or manufactured during the previous financial year (1 July – 30 June) in $AUD. Confirm your information is true and correct, then click on ‘Submit’. If you are registering for the first time and you did not introduce industrial chemicals in the previous financial year, enter a value of $0 AUD.
Step 10: Click on the ‘Payments’ tab. If you want to pay your registration fee by credit card, use the ‘Pay’ button. If you want to download your invoice and get the details for other forms of payment, use the ‘Download’ button.
Step 11: Once we process your application, you’ll receive an email and will be able to download your registration certificate from the portal. We'll also publish your business name and registration number on our registered businesses page. Your registration remains in effect until 31 August each year.