The reforms to NICNAS aim to reduce regulatory burden on the industrial chemicals sector by streamlining assessment processes and refocusing assessment effort on higher risk industrial chemicals, while also ensuring that Australia's robust safety standards are maintained.

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About the reforms

The Australian Government has decided to reform the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) to:

  • make regulatory effort more proportionate to risk
  • promote safer innovation by encouraging the introduction of lower risk chemicals
  • continue to protect the Australian people (both workers and the public) and the environment from any harmful effects of industrial chemicals.

The legislation to implement the reforms to NICNAS has now been introduced into Parliament

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Published: June 2017

Reforms Cost Recovery Model discussion paper

This paper outlines the proposed funding model for the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS). The public comment period closed on 21 July regarding issues outlined in this paper.

Published: June 2017

Consultation Paper 5: Main paper

This final paper was open for public comment until 12 July. It sought stakeholder feedback on matters to be included in delegated legislation. Issues discussed are mainly technical matters related to the categorisation and assessment of unlisted chemical introductions (the introduction of industrial chemicals that are not included on the national inventory). Workshops on this consultation paper were also held.

Published: June 2017

Consultation Paper 5: Supporting material

This companion document to CP5 primarily contains material to be included in the primary guidance document, the Characterisation Guide. This includes guidance on the hazard information that will be sufficient for categorisation, and is being provided to give a sense of how the framework will work.

Published: June 2017

Consultation Paper 5: Response to feedback on technical details of the reforms

Our summary of feedback received on technical aspects of the reforms. Read this in conjunction with Consultation Paper 5 and its supporting material.

Published: June 2017

Public consultation forecast

A forecast of when we expect to hold public consultation or release documents to gain stakeholder feedback over the the next 2 years.

Published: May 2017

Earlier consultations and submissions - Consultation Papers 1-4

Reforms implementation plan

The proposed implementation and consultation approach and proposed timelines.

Published September 2015

Reforms announcement

The announcement made by the then Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash.

Published: May 2015

Regulation impact statement - Options for Reforming the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme

  • Following a review of NICNAS in 2012–13 this Regulation impact statement (RIS) was published. It describes the key steps taken during the review and includes an assessment of the costs and benefits of 4 proposed reform options.
  • The Australian Government decided to implement option 3.

Published November 2014

Get an overview of the reforms by reading the Executive Summary and Part 1 About the NICNAS reforms in Consultation Paper 5.

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Last update 16 January 2018