Transitional Rules (draft)

Have your say on the draft Transitional Rules

We are seeking your feedback on the Industrial Chemicals (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Rules 2018 (Transitional Rules). The Transitional Rules are part of new laws arising from the NICNAS reforms that are currently awaiting debate in the Parliament. The Transitional Rules provide the legal basis for managing the transition to the new system for regulating the import/manufacture of industrial chemicals in Australia as set out in the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017, General Rules and Categorisation Guidelines.

The Transitional Rules covers how the following certificates, permits and processes under the current laws will operate once the new laws are in effect:

  • Assessment certificates
  • Commercial evaluation permits
  • Low volume permits
  • Controlled use permits
  • Early introduction permits
  • Secondary notifications
  • Application fees payable under the previous laws
  • Inventory
  • Information, reporting and confidentiality
  • Movements authorised under section 106 of the previous laws (part 11)

The Transitional Rules will be of key interest to:

  • businesses who regularly introduce chemicals into Australia, including those in the cosmetic and personal care and general industrial chemistry sectors.
  • ‘downstream’ businesses that depend on the use or supply of industrial chemicals
  • organisations providing consultancy and regulatory services on industrial chemical regulation
  • organisations who have a regulatory or public policy interest in industrial chemical regulation, including state and territory risk managers

Download the draft Transitional Rules in PDF [587 KB]

Download the draft Transitional Rules in Word [487 KB]

Help with understanding the Transitional Rules

We have additional information on the draft Transitional Rules for the purposes of this consultation. This information is intended to help you understand the process and requirements described in the draft Transitional Rules.

More supporting information and guidance material will be available after the Transitional Rules are finalised.

Read our notes on the Transitional Rules

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Want to learn more or give general feedback?

Contact us anytime if you have any questions or want to give feedback.

In addition, to help you get more informed before you make a submission, we will run targeted briefings and information sessions with regulated entities, interested businesses and other stakeholders. These will take place during the public consultation period (9 March - 31 May 2018). The sessions will be sector-specific and cover issues or aspects of the Rules and Categorisation Guidelines that are relevant to your sector.

Let us know if you'd like to participate in these targeted consultations by sending us an email or calling us. In the email please include:

  1. Your name, business or organisation you are representing
  2. Questions or issues of interest to you
  3. Name, email and phone number of a contact person


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How to make a formal submission

The public comment period is now Thursday 31 May 2018, 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) (an extension of the previous date of 4 May 2018).


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Last update 17 May 2018