Before you start categorising your introduction
Before you start the steps in this guide, you must search our industrial chemicals database (Inventory). Chemicals listed on the Inventory are available for industrial use in Australia. If your chemical is on the Inventory and your introduction meets any terms specified in the Inventory listing, your introduction is categorised as 'listed'.
Another category of introduction, not discussed in this guidance, but which will be available from 1 July are commercial evaluation authorisations. Under this category, you can apply for a time-limited commercial evaluation authorisation for the purpose of testing a chemical's commercial viability in Australia. We'll have more guidance on this soon.
A chemical introduction that is categorised as ‘listed’ means it is on our Inventory and already available for industrial use in Australia. You must be registered and meet any terms of the listing for that chemical.
A chemical introduction that is categorised as ‘exempted’ means we consider it to be very low risk to human health and the environment. You can introduce the chemical without telling us beforehand, as long as you’re registered with us.
A chemical introduction that is categorised as ‘reported’ means we consider it to be low risk to human health and the environment. You must submit a once-off report before you start introducing it.
A chemical introduction that is categorised as ‘assessed’ means we consider it to be medium to high risk to human health and the environment. It cannot be exempted or reported. We must assess your introduction and issue an assessment certificate before you can import or manufacture it.
General information about introduction categories
There is no fee for listed, exempted or reported introductions. There is an application fee for assessed introductions. For each introduction category, you have reporting and record-keeping obligations. A registration fee applies to all introduction categories.
This image summarises the above information about introduction categories, including whether an application fee is payable in a particular category.
Search the Inventory for each of your chemicals
You must check that each industrial chemical (including ingredients in products) is on our Inventory. To search the Inventory, use the chemical's Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number or name.
If your chemical is on the Inventory without obligations under the terms of listing
Your introduction is categorised as 'listed'. You are authorised to introduce the chemical without telling us beforehand, if you're registered with us. You must make sure you understand your annual declaration and record-keeping obligations for listed introductions.
If your chemical is on the Inventory and it does have obligations
An Inventory listing for a chemical may include these regulatory obligations and restrictions:
- Defined scope of assessment
- Conditions of introduction or use
- Specific information requirement
If any of these are on your chemical's listing, you must check each term to see if your introduction does or does not meet requirements. If you meet all obligations or restrictions we have set, your introduction is categorised as 'listed'. You can introduce your chemical without telling us beforehand, if you're registered with us. You must make sure you understand your annual declaration and record-keeping obligations for listed introductions.
If you don't meet the requirements, you need to follow our detailed information on what to do next.
Reasons why you can't find your chemical on the Inventory and what to do next
If you have the correct CAS number or chemical name and still get no result when you search the Inventory, the reasons are 1 of the following:
- the chemical doesn’t need to be listed because it's a naturally occurring chemical, an alloy or hydrate or on our comparable chemicals list. Check our guidance to see if applies to your introduction.
- the chemical is listed (and available for introduction) but you cannot find it because it is protected as confidential business information — you need to contact us to check. Make sure you do not start any other categorisation step until you've done this.
- the chemical is not listed — go to step 1 of this guidance