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We've updated our guidance on NICNAS to AICIS transitional arrangements.

Step 5: Is the introduction volume of the chemical into Australia the same or lower than overseas?

This section relates to introductions that are internationally assessed for the environment only. These must meet all of the criteria described in each step to be considered a 'low risk' introduction under AICIS.

To meet our criteria for an introduction that has been internationally assessed for the environment, the maximum volume of the chemical to be introduced into Australia each year must be the same or lower than the maximum volume introduced overseas. 

The maximum volume introduced overseas is the maximum volume that the accepted overseas jurisdiction assessed. 

The maximum introduction volume in Australia could be:

  • the upper limit of the volume range for your introduction into Australia
  • the maximum volume that you intend to introduce into Australia

If the maximum volume introduced overseas is above the maximum volume for your introduction into Australia, continue to Step 6 to work out if you meet our criteria for an introduction that has been internationally assessed for the environment.

If the maximum volume introduced overseas is below the volume for your introduction into Australia, you do not our criteria for an introduction that has been internationally assessed for the environment.

If you have direct access to the complete overseas report, compare the maximum introduction volume for the chemical in the report with your proposed introduction volume in Australia. 

If you don’t have direct access to the complete overseas report, check the information that was submitted to the overseas body. This is the information that the overseas body based their assessment on. 

Example

Maximum introduction volume in Australia (kg) Maximum introduction volume overseas (kg) Criterion met?
100 250 Yes
10,000 5000 No 
250 500 Yes 
range 100 – 300 100 – 200 (as stated in the overseas report)  No
range 100 – 300 100 – 1000 (as stated in the overseas report) Yes
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