How we work
On this page:
- How we are funded
- Our structure
- Program areas
- Regulator Performance Framework
- Annual Reports
- Archived website link
NICNAS helps protect the Australian people and the environment by assessing the risks of industrial chemicals and providing information to promote their safe use.
NICNAS is a statutory scheme administered by the Australian Government's Department of Health.
The full costs of administering NICNAS are recovered through fees and charges paid by industrial chemical importers and manufacturers in accordance with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines.
Our main fees are generated through chemical registrations and assessments. View a list of our fees.
We also collect fees for services provided to new industrial chemical notifiers, holders of confidence and other parties, based on ‘fee for service’ schedules in accordance with the administered regulations.
Cost Recovery Implementation Statements
In accordance with the Australian Government's revised cost recovery framework (effective 1 July 2015), NICNAS has prepared Cost Recovery Implementation Statements 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17 and 2015-16:
Proposed new funding model
A new Cost Recovery Model has been proposed for the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), the scheme that will replace NICNAS under the new industrial chemical laws that are expected to take effect from 1 July 2019, subject to consideration by the Australian Parliament. This discussion paper outlines the proposed funding model.
The NICNAS Director is a statutory office holder with specific functions and powers, as well as direct responsibilities to the Minister for Health.
Dr Brian Richards is the current NICNAS Director. Dr Richards was appointed for 5 years on 27 September 2012, and he was reappointed to the role on 10 August 2017 for a further 5 years.
For more information about the role and responsibilities of the NICNAS Director, see section 90 of the Industrial Chemicals (Notifications and Assessment) Act 1989.
There are 5 program areas at NICNAS with 3 areas focused primarily on scientific assessment.
New Chemicals Program
The New Chemicals Program assesses new industrial chemicals notified to us by importers and/or manufacturers.
Existing Chemicals Program
The Existing Chemicals Program:
- conducts assessments of chemicals on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) which have not previously been assessed in Australia
- assesses Priority Existing Chemicals (PECs)
- prioritises and assess chemicals using the Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) framework.
Targeted Assessment Program
The Targeted Assessment Program:
- conducts secondary notification risk assessments
- assesses chemicals on behalf of other government agencies
- manages the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS).
Regulatory Strategy Program
Registration, Outreach and Reporting Program
Regulator Performance Framework
The Regulatory Performance Framework (RPF) is part of the Australian Government's ”Cutting Red Tape” reforms. The RPF is designed to increase efficiency, accountability and provide greater transparency in the way regulators, such as NICNAS, perform their role.
The RPF has identified six outcomes-based key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess the performance of regulators. As part of this, we are required to publish an annual Performance Report.
RPF key performance indicators (KPIs):
- reducing regulatory burden
- effective communications
- risk‐based and proportionate approaches
- efficient and coordinated monitoring
- transparency, and
- continuous improvement.
RPF annual reports
Our annual reports outline our operations and outcomes by financial year.
2016-17 annual report
Our 2016-17 report is in the following sections of the Department of Health Annual Report 2016-17:
- Appendix 2: Report from the Director of the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme on the operation of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 [PDF] or read the online version
- Outcome 5 Regulation, Safety and Protection [PDF] or read the online version
Earlier annual reports
- 2015-16 Annual Report—view online or download PDF [9.87 MB]
- 2014-15 Annual Report—view online or download PDF [18.4 MB]
- 2013-14 Annual Report—download PDF [1.85 MB]
- 2012-13 Annual Report—download PDF [1.1 MB]
Search annual reports archives for earlier publications
The NICNAS website is regularly archived by the National Library of Australia.
Last update 17 September 2018