Overview of AICIS (starts 1 July)

Anyone who imports or manufactures (introduce) industrial chemicals — or products that release industrial chemicals — into Australia for commercial purposes must:

  • register their business with us and pay a fee
  • categorise each chemical importation or manufacture (introduction) into 1 of 5 categories

Overview of registration and categorisation obligations for industrial chemical importers and manufacturers

Registration
You must register your business in any given registration year before you import or manufacture (introduce) an industrial chemical. Our registration year is 1 September to 31 August.

We publish a list of registered businesses on our website.
How to categorise your chemical introduction

Searching our industrial chemical database (Inventory) is your first step. You can do this on our website by entering the chemical's Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number or name. Each chemical that you want to introduce has to be authorised under 1 of the 5 main categories below. The Minister for Health can also authorise chemical introductions under exceptional circumstances.

Regulatory treatment depends on your introduction's level of risk to human health and the environment.

Introduction categories

Listed

A chemical introduction that is categorised as ‘listed’ means that it is on our Inventory and already available for industrial use in Australia. You must meet any terms of Inventory listing for that chemical.

Exempted

A chemical introduction that is categorised as ‘exempted’ means we consider it as very low risk to human health and the environment. You can introduce it without telling us beforehand. For some types of chemicals, you must submit a once-off exempted introduction declaration.

Reported

A chemical introduction that is categorised as ‘reported’ means we consider it as low risk to human health and the environment. You must submit a once-off report before you start introducing it.

Assessed

A chemical introduction that is categorised as ‘assessed’ means we consider it as medium to high risk to human health and the environment. We must assess your introduction and issue an assessment certificate before you can import or manufacture. The chemical will be listed on the Inventory after 5 years (or earlier if you apply for an early listing).

We publish information about each chemical introduction that we assess, including an assessment or evaluation statement.

Commercial evaluation 

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.

Reporting and record-keeping requirements

Compliance, reporting and record-keeping obligations vary depending on the introduction category.

Regardless of the introduction category, every introducer must submit an annual declaration at the end of every registration year. This is a declaration you make about the industrial chemicals you imported or manufactured in the previous registration year and confirms that your introductions were authorised under our laws.

Confidential business information

For some chemical introductions, you can apply for protection of information as confidential business information (CBI). Read more about CBI.

Last update 14 February 2020