You must register with us before you import and/or manufacture relevant industrial chemicals, or products containing relevant industrial chemicals, for commercial purposes. You register your business with us, not your products or ingredients.
Foreign (non-Australian) businesses: you must have an Australian Registered Body Number (ARBN) to register with us.
If you are already importing or manufacturing and you have not registered your business with NICNAS, read about self-reporting of non-compliance and contact us immediately.
Answer the following questions to find out if you need to register your business.
Note: This is a guide only and may not cover all circumstances. If you are unsure whether you need to register, please contact NICNAS.
Last update 16 January 2019
We provide training to help businesses understand their NICNAS obligations. We encourage businesses to report breaches of the ICNA Act and we have a range of powers to ensure compliance with the law, including site inspections and penalties.
Australia is a signatory to international conventions, and participates in trade agreements and export control regimes, that create additional obligations for importers, exporters and manufacturers of chemicals.