After extensive stakeholder consultation, the new regulatory scheme for industrial chemicals has been passed by the Australian Parliament, in a legislative package of primary and secondary legislation, and legislative instruments. Links to the central elements of the legislative framework are provided. As the new scheme will continue to be fully cost-recovered from the regulated industry, delegated legislation setting fees and charges will be finalised following current consultation processes. The new scheme will commence on 1 July 2020.
The reforms aim to realign regulatory effort towards chemicals with a higher risk profile. Streamlining Australia's assessment processes for industrial chemicals will enable the assessment to be more proportionate to the risks likely to be posed by industrial chemicals, while also maintaining Australias robust health and safety standards, necessary to protect human health or safety, animal or plant life or health.
The reforms are consistent with Australias broader deregulation agenda.
The Consultation Paper outlines the overarching framework for the reform of industrial chemicals regulation in Australia. The reforms address the problems with the existing regulatory framework for the regulation of industrial chemicals, identified though the 2008 Productivity Commission Research Report on Chemicals and Plastics Regulation and the 2014 Department of Health review of the role of National Industrial Chemical Notification and Assessment Scheme within the broader institutional and regulatory framework for chemicals regulation.
If agreed by Government, the reforms will be given effect through changes to primary and delegated legislation.
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