Reforms update — passage of bills through both Houses of Parliament

The Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 (IC Bill) passed the Senate, with amendment, on 14 February 2019. The House of Representatives approved the amendments on 18 February 2019. The IC Bill, along with the Transitional Provisions and Amendment Bills, which have also been passed by both Houses of Parliament, is currently awaiting Royal Assent by the Governor-General to become Australian law.

The most significant amendment to the IC Bill in the Senate was a change to obligations for introducers using the exempted category under the new scheme, the Australian Industrial Chemical Introduction Scheme (AICIS).

The IC Bill was also amended so that AICIS will commence on 1 July 2020. The ban on the use of new animal test data for ingredients solely used in cosmetics will also begin on 1 July 2020.

We expect the other bills relating to fees and charges for the new scheme to be considered by the Senate during the Budget sittings in April 2019. We will provide information shortly about the expected start date for ‘early wins’ that reduce regulatory burden for some lower risk chemicals such as polymers of low concern.

As we work towards the commencement of the new scheme, further work in consultation with stakeholders will be undertaken to implement the government’s commitments to ban cosmetic testing on animals.

Last update 25 February 2019