Your obligations after categorisation
If your introduction is in the listed category
If you're already registered with us, you are authorised to manufacture or import the chemical into Australia as a listed introduction without telling us beforehand.
You must keep records. The records we require you to keep can be different depending on the total introduction volume of chemical in an AICIS registration year (1 September to 31 August). This refers to the combined volume of the chemical that you will introduce in a year across all the products that contain the chemical. You must also submit an annual declaration at the end of the registration year (from August).
If the Inventory listing for your chemical contains a 'specific information requirement', it means that we have assessed this chemical. You’re required to submit information to us if the circumstances of your importation or manufacture (introduction) are different to those in our assessment. Learn more about specific information requirements.
If your introduction is in the exempted category
You can introduce your chemical without telling us first, if you are already registered with us. You will need to keep records about the chemical and submit an annual declaration at the end of the registration year (from August). You must also submit a once-off exempted introduction declaration if you are introducing any of the following for the first time:
- polymers of low concern
- low-concern biopolymers
- chemicals that you have categorised as very low risk for human health and the environment.
If your introduction is in the reported category
You can introduce your chemical into Australia as a reported introduction, as long as you are registered with us and you submit a once-off pre-introduction report before you introduce the chemical.
If your introduction is in the assessed category
One of the following applies.
- If your chemical is not on the Inventory – you must be registered with us and apply for an assessment certificate. We will assess your chemical introduction. You can start introducing after we issue an assessment certificate.
- If your chemical is on the Inventory – and your introduction is outside the parameters of the 'defined scope of assessment' in the Inventory terms of listing for the chemical – you must be registered with us and apply to vary the terms of an Inventory listing.