Step 1: Introductions that cannot be exempted or reported
Some introductions are not eligible for the exempted or reported categories.
Chemicals listed in the Rotterdam Convention or Stockholm Convention
Industrial chemicals that are listed in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention or Part 1 of Annex A, B or C to the Stockholm Convention can not be categorised as an exempted or reported introduction.
If you wish to trade (import or export) a chemical that is listed in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention and in Section 71 or 73 of the Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules, you must apply in writing using our application forms and pay a fee. This application process is known as the prior informed consent (PIC) procedure.
If you wish to introduce a chemical that is listed in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention or Part 1 of Annex A, B or C to the Stockholm Convention but it is not listed in Section 71 of the Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules, your introduction is in the assessed category. You must apply for an assessment before you can introduce this chemical.
Introductions of tetraethyl lead for aviation gasoline
Tetraethyl lead is a highly toxic fuel additive that is subject to special conditions under section 72 of the Industrial Chemicals (General) Rules 2019.
Tetraethyl lead is listed on the Inventory, but you can only introduce it in aviation gasoline, or use it to produce aviation gasoline.
If you wish to introduce tetraethyl lead into Australia you must:
- First seek approval from [insert government authority] under subsection 13(1) of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000
- Apply to annually import a chemical covered under the Rotterdam Convention
- Pay an application fee
- Keep certain records
Chemicals listed on the Inventory but you don’t meet the conditions of introduction or use
If your chemical is listed on the Inventory with a condition of introduction or use, you must ensure you can meet the conditions when you introduce the chemical.
An Inventory listing can include a condition about:
- the total annual volume of the chemical that you can introduce
- the location where you can introduce or use the chemical
If your introduction does not meet our conditions of introduction or use, it is not authorised under our exempted or reported categories. You will need to apply to vary the terms of the Inventory listing.
We must approve your application before you can start introducing the chemical.