Exemptions

Information for introducers using NICNAS exemption categories

We aim to minimise disruptions to industrial chemical importers and manufacturers as we move from NICNAS to AICIS.

From 1 July 2020 you'll be able to:

Section 33 (Division 5 of Part 5 of Schedule 2) of the CATP Act, and Part 7 of the Transitional Rules, have details on transitioning NICNAS exemptions under AICIS. Part 7 of the Transitional Rules changes the operation of the CATP Act.

Download transitional legislation, explanatory statements and rules here


Low volume, R & D and low concentration cosmetic introductions

Some NICNAS exemption categories can continue to be used for a period of time after 1 July 2020. The purpose is to give introducers time to adjust to the new system under AICIS.

The following exemption categories can continue to be used until 31 August 2022. You must continue to comply with all exemption criteria and obligations.

From 1 September 2022, you must categorise your introduction to make sure it is authorised under AICIS. We'll contact you about this prior to the cut-off date.

NICNAS exemption categories that can be used under AICIS until 31 August 2022

Exemption typeQuantity restrictionConcentration restriction

Research and development or analysis — manufactured in a fixed apparatus in a specific location

NoneNone
Research and development or analysis — importation onlyNot more than 100kg in a 12 month periodNone
Cosmetic use (no unreasonable risk)Not more than 100kg in a 12 month periodNone
Non-cosmetic use (no unreasonable risk)Not more than 100kg in a 12 month periodNone
Cosmetic use (no unreasonable risk and non-hazardous chemical) NoneNot more than 1% concentration in a cosmetic

Polymer of low concern

If you are introducing a polymer under the PLC exemption category, these will become an exempted introduction under AICIS. There is no fee for exempted introductions.

You must make an annual declaration and keep records about your introduction.

New — high molecular weight polymers with lung overloading potential

There is an exception for these types of polymers — even if they meet our PLC criteria they cannot be exempted introductions.

We'll publish guidance about this as we head towards the new scheme.


Imported and subsequently exported introductions

Under NICNAS, exemption from new chemical requirements apply to chemicals imported and then exported within 30 days, that remain the subject of customs control at all times before leaving Australia. These are called transhipments.

Under AICIS, industrial chemicals that are imported and then exported within 25 days, and remain subject to customs control at all times before leaving Australia, are excluded from all registration, categorisation and reporting requirements.

Under AICIS, industrial chemicals that are imported and then exported without being removed from their packaging, and that remain subject to customs control or the control of the introducer, are exempted introductions.  No upper time limit for the period between import and export applies.  There is no fee for exempted introductions.

You must make an annual declaration and keep records about your introduction.


Last update 5 December 2019