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.
See our decision tool at the bottom of this page to help you work out if you need to register.
What is registration?
AICIS registration refers to the registration of a business that imports an industrial chemical into Australia or locally manufactures an industrial chemical (referred to as an 'introducer'). Around 7,350 businesses are currently registered with us.
We don't register products.
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.
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 even if someone else is already importing the same (or similar) chemicals.
Once we process your application, you’ll receive a registration number. We'll also publish your business name and registration number on our website. Your registration remains in effect until 31 August each year.
If you are continuing to import or manufacture industrial chemicals, you must renew your registration by 31 August each year. If you renew after that date, you may be liable to pay a fine.
Unless you don't need to register, penalties apply if you import or manufacture industrial chemicals without registering your business.
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.
Who doesn’t need to register
You are not required to register your business with us under certain circumstances. Go to Introductions that don't require categorisation or registration.