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Register for 2020-21 – fee depends on the value of industrial chemicals imported or manufactured in the last financial year (1 July - 30 June).

Basics of importing and manufacturing chemicals

If you’re importing or manufacturing (introducing) chemicals into Australia, you’ll most likely need to register with AICIS. Follow these steps to get started.

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Step 1: Work out if you need to register

If you’re importing or manufacturing (introducing) industrial chemicals into Australia – or products that release industrial chemicals – you’ll most likely need to register your business with us (AICIS). However, there are some circumstances where you may not need to register – such as importing products for personal or hobby use. If you’re unsure, read 'Introductions that don't require categorisation and registration'. You can also use our decision tool – do I need to register with AICIS?

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Step 2: Register your business

You register your business with us, not your products or chemicals.

You must register your business in any given registration year before you import or manufacture an industrial chemical. Our registration year is 1 September - 31 August.

We publish a list of registered businesses.

Your registration fees and/or charges depend on the total value of industrial chemicals that you imported and/or manufactured (introduced) in the previous financial year (1 July - 30 June).

For example; if your introduction value during the previous financial year was less than $50,000, there is a charge of $0 and you only need to pay an annual fee of $72.

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Step 3: Categorise each chemical introduction – is it ‘listed’?

For each chemical that you want to import or manufacture (introduce), you must categorise it into one of 5 introduction categories.

Start by checking whether your chemical importation or manufacture (introduction) is categorised as ‘listed’. To do this, search the Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals (Inventory) by entering the CAS number or CAS name for each industrial chemical you want to introduce into the search bar. You can also search by keyword.

Chemical is on the Inventory without any regulatory obligations

If the chemical listing only describes the chemical identity details and does not have any requirements, conditions or ‘defined scope of assessment’ then it is already available for industrial use in Australia. If you're already registered with us, you are authorised to import or manufacture the chemical as a listed introduction. You'll also need to keep records about your chemical introduction and submit an annual declaration at the end of the registration year.

Chemical is on the Inventory with regulatory obligations

The chemical is already available for industrial use in Australia and your next steps depend on the information displayed in the chemical’s ‘Inventory terms of listing’. For each of the following cases, you must keep records about your chemical introduction and submit an annual declaration at the end of the registration year.

  • The chemical is listed with a specific information requirement. If you're already registered with us, you are authorised to import or manufacture the chemical as a listed introduction but you’re legally required to submit information to us under certain circumstances. 
  • The chemical is listed with a condition of introduction or use. If you're already registered with us and your introduction is within the conditions, you're authorised to import or manufacture the chemical as a listed introduction. If your introduction does not meet the conditions, you cannot introduce the chemical until you apply to vary the Inventory terms of listing and we approve it. 
  • The chemical is listed with a defined scope of assessment. If your introduction is within the parameters of the defined scope of assessment, you are authorised to import or manufacture the chemical as a listed introduction. If your introduction is outside the parameters of the defined scope of assessment, you must work out your introduction category – go to step 4.

Chemical is not on the Inventory or you can’t find your chemical on the Inventory

Some chemicals don’t need to be on the Inventory, or they’re already on the Inventory but not searchable by the public – see ‘I can’t find my chemical in the Inventory’ for more details. 

If you’re sure that your chemical is not on the Inventory, or it is on the Inventory but you cannot introduce the chemical as a listed introduction, you must work out your introduction category – go to step 4.
 

Diagram of the types of listed introductions
Image summarising process described in step 3

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Step 4: If your introduction’s not listed — use our guide to work out your introduction category

If you’re sure that your introduction isn’t in the ‘listed’ category, it must be authorised under one of the other introduction categories:

  • Exempted introduction
  • Reported introduction
  • Assessed introduction
  • Commercial evaluation (alternative option to exempted, reported and assessed introductions – criteria and fee applies)

To work out which one applies, use our guide to categorising your chemical importation and manufacture

Step 5: Submit an annual declaration

Regardless of your introduction category, you must submit an annual declaration at the end of every registration year. This is a declaration you make about the industrial chemicals you imported or manufactured in the previous registration year and confirms that your introductions were authorised under our laws.

If you import or manufacture chemicals under the exempted category, you may also need to submit a post-introduction declaration.

Example

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Joe would like to import bottles of a multi-purpose cleaning product to sell commercially through his business JJ CLEANING.

Step 1: Work out if you need to register

Joe has just started a new business importing a multi-purpose cleaning product that contains 10 ingredients. He reads the 'What is registration and who must register' page and knows that he must register his business with us (AICIS).

Step 2: Register your business

Joe determines the registration level that applies for his business. He then signs up to AICIS Business Services, where he registers his business and pays the registration fee and charge. He doesn’t need to register his products or chemicals.

Step 3: Categorise each chemical introduction – is it ‘listed’?

Joe goes to our Inventory search page. He enters the CAS number or CAS name for each of the 10 chemical ingredients in his product into the Inventory search field. The search results show that 9 ingredients are listed on the Inventory with no regulatory obligations, while one ingredient is listed with a ‘defined scope of assessment’.

Joe can import the 9 chemical ingredients that are on the Inventory (with no obligations) as a ‘listed introduction’. For the chemical with a ‘defined scope of assessment’, Joe compares this with his introduction and determines that his importation of that chemical is within the parameters of the defined scope of assessment. This means that he can also import this chemical as a listed introduction. 

As each of Joe’s introductions are categorised as a listed introduction and he is registered with us, he doesn't need to send us any information about the product or the chemicals in it before importing.

He checks his reporting and record-keeping obligations and makes sure he keeps the correct records to ensure his introduction is authorised under our ‘listed’ category.

Step 4: If your introduction’s not ‘listed’ – use our guide to work out your introduction category 

Each ingredient in Joe’s product are authorised as listed introductions, so Joe can skip this step and go straight to Step 5.

Step 5: Submit an annual declaration

At the end of the registration year period (1 September – 31 August each year), Joe submits an annual declaration about all the chemicals that JJ CLEANING PTY LTD imported or manufactured during the past registration year.

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