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Open for public comment: proposed amendments to the General Rules – closes 17 September 2021.

Consultation on proposed amendments to the General Rules

Consultation open until 17 September 2021.

What this is about

After the first year of operation of the AICIS, a number of minor operational issues have been identified which require amendments to the details set out in these Ministerial Rules. These issues have been identified both by the regulated industry and by staff within the Office of Chemical Safety (OCS) implementing the scheme.

We are proposing targeted amendments to the Industrial Chemicals (General Rules) 2019 and the Industrial Chemicals (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Rules 2019 to clarify the operation of the Ministerial Rules within existing policy. The proposed amendments relate to the following matters:

  • clarifying criteria for industrial chemicals introduced at the nanoscale
  • declarations about data ownership
  • annual declarations
  • clarifying record-keeping for listed introductions, specified classes, designated releases to the environment, internationally-assessed
  • the authorisation process for movement of industrial chemicals into or out of Australia that are subject to the Rotterdam Convention
  • transitional provisions.

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Consultation paper

The consultation paper outlines specific proposed amendments, together with extracts from the relevant sections of the Rules, which show clearly the proposed changes. For each proposed amendment, we've added the reason for it and what it means. You can comment on any of the proposed amendments.

These proposed changes address stakeholder feedback we’ve received asking for more clarity within the Ministerial Rules. They would also fix some minor errors and omissions. They are consistent with decisions made when AICIS was implemented last year, and would assist industry by making compliance requirements clearer.

Exposure Draft

The proposed amendments are set out in the Exposure Draft, which is the formal form of draft legislation that is made available for public comment.

Have your say

Use our online form below to provide your comments. You can add your comments directly to the form or upload them as an attachment.

Submit your comments on the proposed amendments

More information

If you have any questions about this consultation, please contact us for help (select 'General Rules consultation' from the topics list).


Submit your comments on proposed changes to the General and Transitional Rules

Please read the 2 documents under the 'Download' heading then use this form to submit your comments on the proposed amendments to the:

  • Industrial Chemicals (General Rules) 2019
  • Industrial Chemicals (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Rules 2019

Due date

The public comment period closes on 17 September 2021.


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Proposed changes in Part 1 – Requirements for nanoscale introductions

  • Specified classes, Schedule 1, Clause 1 
  • R&D, exempted category, Schedule 1, Clauses 2, 3 and 4 
  • Non-functionalised surface treatment, exempted category, Schedule 1, Clause 5 
  • R&D low volume, Schedule 1, Clauses 6 and 7 
  • R&D other, reported category, Schedule 1, Clauses 8, 9 and 10 research and development (other than nanoscale).
  • Indicative human health risk, Schedule 1, Clauses 11 and 12 
  • Indicative environment risk, Schedule 1, Clauses 13 and 14 
  • R&D record keeping, exempted category, Schedule 1, Clauses 15 and 16 
  • R&D record keeping, reported category, Schedule 1, Clauses 17, 18 and 19 

Proposed changes in Part 2 – Pre introduction reporting (PIRs) requirements for nanoscale introductions

  • PIRs R&D, Schedule 1, Clause 20 
  • PIRs highest indicative risk is low risk, Schedule 1, Clause 21 

Proposed changes in Part 3 – Declaration about data ownership (permissions)

  • Exempted introductions, highest indicative risk is very low, Schedule 1, Clause 22 
  • Internationally assessed, Schedule 1, Clause 23 
  • Internationally assessed, human health, Schedule 1, Clauses 24 and 25 
  • Internationally assessed, environment, Schedule 1, Clauses 26 and 27 
  • Reported introductions, highest indicative risk is low, Schedule 1, Clause 28 

Proposed changes in Part 4 – Annual declarations

  • Types of exempted introductions, Schedule 1, Clause 29 

Proposed changes in Part 5 – Record keeping for listed introductions

  • Schedule 1, Clause 30

Proposed changes in Part 6 – Record keeping for specified classes

  • Exempted introductions, highest indicative risk is very low, Schedule 1, Clause 31 and 32 
  • Reported introductions, internationally-assessed, human health, Schedule 1, Clause 33 and 34 
  • Reported introductions, internationally-assessed, environment, Schedule 1, Clause 35 and 36 
  • Reported introductions, highest indicative risk is low, Schedule 1, Clause 37 and 38 

Proposed changes in Part 7 – Record keeping for designated releases to the environment

  • Exempted introductions, Schedule 1, Clause 39 
  • Reported introductions, internationally-assessed human health, Schedule 1, Clause 40 
  • Reported introductions, highest indicative risk is low risk, Schedule 1, Clause 41 

Proposed changes in Part 8 – Record keeping for internationally-assessed introductions

  • Reported introductions, human health and the environment, Schedule 1, Clauses 42 and 43 
  • Reported introductions, environment only, Schedule 1, Clauses 44 and 45 

Proposed changes in Part 9 – Movement of industrial chemicals into or out of Australia

  • Introductions that cannot be exempted or reported, Schedule 1, Clause 46 
  • Record keeping, Schedule 1, Clause 47 
  • Section 71 of the Rules, Schedule 1, Clauses 48 and 49 
  • Tetraethyl lead, Schedule 1, Clauses 50 and 51 
  • Section 73 of the Rules, Schedule 1, Clauses 52 and 53 
  • Section 74 of the Rules, Schedule 1, Clause 54 
  • Approval process for import or export of restricted industrial chemicals, Schedule 1, Clause 55 
  • Additional subsection, Schedule 1, Clause 56

Proposed changes in Part 10 – Other amendments

  • Correction of an international assessment body name, Schedule 1, Clause 57 
  • Comparable chemicals list, Schedule 1, Clauses 58 and 59 
  • AACN / generalised end use, Schedule 1, Clause 60 
  • Calculating consideration period, Schedule 1, Clause 61 

Proposed changes in Part 11 – Transitional provisions

  • Addition of provisions, Schedule 1, Clause 62 

Proposed changes in Schedule 2 – Industrial Chemicals (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Rules 2019

  • Listing of transitioned assessment certificates Schedule 2, Clause 1 
  • Conditions of use/defined scopes of assessments, Schedule 2, Clause 2

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