Register your business with NICNAS


NICNAS registration renewals are now overdue

If you are continuing to import and/or manufacture industrial chemicals you must renew your NICNAS registration by 31 August each year.

If you renew after the 31 August deadline, you may be liable to pay a late renewal penalty—an additional 15% of the total registration fee.

Create an account on NICNAS Business Services to conveniently renew your registration online. Read more...


You must be registered with NICNAS if you import and/or manufacture relevant industrial chemicals, or certain products that contain relevant industrial chemicals, for commercial purposes.

Your legal obligations under the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (ICNA Act) apply regardless of the amount of industrial chemicals that you import and/or manufacture.

The legal requirement to register your business does not relate to the toxicity or hazardous nature of the industrial chemicals you import and/or manufacture, and is separate to your obligations regarding the notification and assessment of individual chemicals.

You may also need to have a chemical assessed by NICNAS before you import or manufacture it. Read more about how to notify a new chemical.

Do I need to register my business?

Use our questionnaire to determine if your business needs to register. NICNAS registration applies to a diverse range of businesses, such as those involved with plastics, cosmetics, soaps, solvents, paints, adhesives and many other products.

Why do I need to register?

We maintain a register of all commercial importers and/or manufacturers of industrial chemicals. Registration helps us track the use of industrial chemicals in Australia and engage with industry clients for educational and compliance purposes.

How much do I pay?

Your registration cost is based on the total value of the industrial chemicals you intend to import and/or manufacture in a registration year.

How do I register?

To register you need to to return a completed registration form and pay the registration cost. Read more and download the forms.

How do I renew my registration?

This year you can renew the registration of your business online with NICNAS Business Services. You will still need
to renew your registration annually and pay your registration fee by 31 August.

How do I update my details?

You must inform us in writing within seven days of certain changes to your business, including contact details, bankruptcy, liquidation, mergers and takeovers. Registration can only be transferred in limited circumstances.

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