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Welcome to the website of the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS). We started on 1 July 2020. Read about us.

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.

What is an industrial chemical?

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.

Do I need to register? decision tool

If you’re importing or manufacturing (introducing) chemicals into Australia, you’ll most likely need to register with AICIS. This means you’ll need to meet obligations and potentially pay fees and charges. However, there are some circumstances where you may not need to register.

This decision tool will help you work out if you need to register with us. If you’re introducing a cosmetic, go to ‘Is my product a cosmetic?’ as it’ll also tell you if you need to register.

Depending on your answers, we’ll tell you if you need to register with us or not.

If you do need to register, we’ll give you instructions of what to do next.

There are a few things you need to know before starting.

  • We only regulate industrial chemicals. You can read about how we define industrial chemicals. Products that contain industrial chemicals include cosmetics, pens, solvents, adhesives, plastics, paints and inks.
  • We don’t regulate finished products (articles). However, we do regulate chemicals that an article is meant to release. For example, we don’t regulate plastic chairs but we do regulate the chemicals in a fire extinguisher. You can read about how we define articles.

Question 1

Will you be introducing chemicals into Australia?

This doesn’t include mixing chemicals, blending chemicals or re-selling chemicals you bought in Australia.

Question 2

Are you introducing chemicals for a commercial purpose? This includes to make a profit or related to promoting your business.

Question 3

Are any of your chemicals used for purposes other than, or in addition to, any of the following?

  • pesticides
  • veterinary products
  • therapeutic goods
  • food or food additives for humans or animals

Question 4

Are all of your chemicals one or more of the following types?

  • an unprocessed, naturally-occurring chemical
  • incidentally produced during manufacture of another chemical
  • an intermediate chemical when manufacturing another chemical
  • a radioactive chemical
  • imported incidentally by passengers of an aircraft/ship but taken out of the country within 25 working days of importation, used to support the aircraft’s/ship’s operation and not freight

We call these ‘excluded introductions’.

You don’t need to register with AICIS. 

This is because you’ve told us you’re not introducing (importing or manufacturing) chemicals into Australia.

You don’t need to register with AICIS.

This is because you’ve told us you’re not introducing (importing or manufacturing) chemicals into Australia for a commercial purpose.

You don’t need to register with AICIS.

This is because you’ve told us your chemical won’t have any industrial uses. You should read our guidance about what other government bodies might be able to help you.

You need to register your business with AICIS. This is because you’ve told us:

  • you're introducing chemicals in Australia
  • you're introducing chemicals for a commercial purpose
  • your chemical has industrial uses
  • your chemical isn’t an ‘excluded introduction’

You should read our guidance about introducing (importing or manufacturing) chemicals. This includes checking your chemicals in our chemical database, the Inventory, to make sure you’re following any restrictions.

If your chemical’s not on the Inventory, you’ve got to work out the risks to human health and the environment before you can introduce it. We call this process categorisation. You can read our guidance about categorisation.

You don’t need to register with AICIS.

This is because you’ve told us your chemical is an ‘excluded introduction’. You should read our guidance on this topic.

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