Annual reporting

Annual reports are no longer required to be submitted for the following permits and self-assessment certificates:
  • commercial evaluation permits
  • low volume permits
  • controlled use permits
  • self-assessment — PLCs (SAPLC)
  • self-assessment — non-hazardous chemicals
  • self-assessment — non-hazardous polymers

This means even if you introduced any of the above in the current registration year (1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019), you no longer need to to report the above information to us.

What hasn't changed about your annual reporting obligations

You must still submit an annual report or online declaration to us each year if you have introduced new chemicals that are exempt from notification. This reporting is due by 28 September 2019 and details your introduction activity for the previous registration year (1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019).

If you have any questions about the following process contact us for help

You can make an annual report or an online declaration but it depends on these circumstances

There are 2 ways you can finalise your reporting depending on the following circumstances:

1.  Submit your annual report online via our annual reporting module. You must submit a detailed annual report this way if:

  • your organisation has not previously submitted an annual report to us or
  • the chemical identities or exemption categories are different in any way from those reported for 2017-18.

To submit an annual report using our module, you must be enrolled to use it. Refer to our module user guide on how to enrol. Once you enrol, you can use the annual reporting template [Excel] and upload it to the module.

Go to the annual reporting module user guide

Go to the annual reporting module

(Reporting requirements are detailed under Section 21 of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989).

2.  Make an online declaration

You can make an online declaration if you have previously completed an annual report and if the chemicals you have introduced in 2018-19 are the same as those you introduced and reported for the 2017-18 registration year, including using the same category of exemption.

Contact us if you wish to provide an online declaration at and we will provide more instructions.

Exemption categories that apply to your annual reporting obligations

You must provide us with an annual report if you have introduced under any of the following exemption categories:

  • chemicals introduced solely for research, development or analysis in quantities of not more than 100kg/year
  • chemicals introduced at a port or airport that remain subject to Customs and Border Protection Service control, are at a port or airport at all times, and leave Australia less than 30 days after the day they are introduced
  • chemicals used for non-cosmetic purposes, introduced in quantities of less than 100kg/year and pose no unreasonable risk to human health and the environment
  • chemicals in quantities of less than 100kg for cosmetic purposes which meet prescribed requirements and pose no unreasonable risk to human health and the environment
  • non-hazardous chemicals introduced in a cosmetic at a concentration of up to 1%
  • chemicals introduced that meet revised criteria for a new chemical introduced as a polymer of low concern (PLC)*

*PLC exemptions are new and part of early regulatory changes that have taken place as we head towards the new scheme on 1 July 2020 — read more about these early changes here.

Learn more about exemptions

Please note If you wish to contact NICNAS Business Services please call NICNAS toll free on 1800 638 528 (international calls +61 2 8577 8800) and select option 1, or email

Last update 29 August 2019