Compliance Overview

Compliance Framework
Compliance Driver Pesticides Act 1999 (NSW)
Classification Level 3
Centrally managed, local area(s) requirement.
Associated Legislation
Associated Standards None
Associated Codes None
Associated Information None
Return to Top Administrative Information
Administrative Body NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
Administrative Name Local Office
Administrative Address Physical Address
85 Faulkner Street
Armidale NSW
Australia, 2350
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 494
Armidale NSW
Australia, 2350
Administrative Phone 131 555
02 6773 7000
Administrative Email info@environment.nsw.gov.au
Administrative Website http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/pesticides/pesticides.htm
Return to Top General Introduction
VC Compliance Delegate Jo Scanlan, Chief Operating Officer
Compliance Coordinator Bradley Nixon, Associate Director Operational Services
Business Units Impacted
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Estate and Built Environment
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Rural Properties
Overview The Pesticides Act 1999 controls the use of pesticides in New South Wales. The Act aims to reduce the risks associated with the use of pesticides to human health, the environment, property, industry and trade. It also aims to promote collaborative and integrated policies for the use of pesticides. Pesticides must be registered by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) before they can be manufactured, supplied, sold or used. Registered pesticides carry an APVMA-approved label that provides users with instructions that are designed to minimise impacts on health, the environment and trade, and which are based on good agricultural practice. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) enforces the proper use of all pesticides in NSW, after the point of sale. This includes pesticide use in agriculture, on public lands and on domestic and commercial premises.

The EPA encourages pesticide users to improve their management of pesticides through education programs and by facilitating communication among different stakeholder groups.

Compliance Obligations

Return to Top Comply with legislation
Description Compliance with legislation
Impacts It is an offence under the Act to:
1. use a pesticide in a manner that injures or is likely to injure another person (section 10);
2. use a pesticide in a manner that damages or is likely to damage any property of another person (section 10);
3. use a pesticide in a manner that harms any non-target animal or plant, or harms any animal or plant if there is no approved label or permit for the pesticide (section 11);
4. wilfully or negligently use a pesticide in a manner that causes material harm to threatened species or protected animals (section 9);
5. possess or use an unregistered pesticide without a permit (sections 12 and 13);
6. fail to read an approved label or permit before using a registered pesticide (section 14);
7. use a registered pesticide contrary to the approved label (section 15);
8. keep registered pesticides in a container without an approved label (section 16);
9. possess or use a restricted pesticide without being authorised by a certificate of competency or a pesticide control order (section 17).
Responsible Manager Suzannah Mitchell, Environmental Sustainability Manager
Coordinating Officer David Snell, Operations Coordinator
Coordinating Unit Estate and Built Environment
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Estate and Built Environment
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Rural Properties
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code None
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Notification of Pesticide Use
Description Public authorities are required to develop notification plans for notification of pesticide use.
Impacts It is an offence under the Act to:
1. use a pesticide in a manner that injures or is likely to injure another person (section 10);
2. use a pesticide in a manner that damages or is likely to damage any property of another person (section 10);
3. use a pesticide in a manner that harms any non-target animal or plant, or harms any animal or plant if there is no approved label or permit for the pesticide (section 11);
4. wilfully or negligently use a pesticide in a manner that causes material harm to threatened species or protected animals (section 9);
5. possess or use an unregistered pesticide without a permit (sections 12 and 13);
6. fail to read an approved label or permit before using a registered pesticide (section 14);
7. use a registered pesticide contrary to the approved label (section 15);
8. keep registered pesticides in a container without an approved label (section 16);
9. possess or use a restricted pesticide without being authorised by a certificate of competency or a pesticide control order (section 17).
Responsible Manager Suzannah Mitchell, Environmental Sustainability Manager
Coordinating Officer David Snell, Operations Coordinator
Coordinating Unit Estate and Built Environment
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Estate and Built Environment
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Rural Properties
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code None
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Pesticide Control Orders
Description When the APVMA declares pesticide products to be restricted pesticieds, they can only be supplied to and used by persons authorised under state legislation. The Act requires authorisation by way of a pesticide control order
Impacts It is an offence under the Act to:
1. use a pesticide in a manner that injures or is likely to injure another person (section 10);
2. use a pesticide in a manner that damages or is likely to damage any property of another person (section 10);
3. use a pesticide in a manner that harms any non-target animal or plant, or harms any animal or plant if there is no approved label or permit for the pesticide (section 11);
4. wilfully or negligently use a pesticide in a manner that causes material harm to threatened species or protected animals (section 9);
5. possess or use an unregistered pesticide without a permit (sections 12 and 13);
6. fail to read an approved label or permit before using a registered pesticide (section 14);
7. use a registered pesticide contrary to the approved label (section 15);
8. keep registered pesticides in a container without an approved label (section 16);
9. possess or use a restricted pesticide without being authorised by a certificate of competency or a pesticide control order (section 17).
Responsible Manager Suzannah Mitchell, Environmental Sustainability Manager
Coordinating Officer David Snell, Operations Coordinator
Coordinating Unit Estate and Built Environment
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Estate and Built Environment
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Rural Properties
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code None
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Record Keeping
Description Keeping records of pesticide use is compulsory for people who use pesticides as part of their job or business.
Impacts It is an offence under the Act to:
1. use a pesticide in a manner that injures or is likely to injure another person (section 10);
2. use a pesticide in a manner that damages or is likely to damage any property of another person (section 10);
3. use a pesticide in a manner that harms any non-target animal or plant, or harms any animal or plant if there is no approved label or permit for the pesticide (section 11);
4. wilfully or negligently use a pesticide in a manner that causes material harm to threatened species or protected animals (section 9);
5. possess or use an unregistered pesticide without a permit (sections 12 and 13);
6. fail to read an approved label or permit before using a registered pesticide (section 14);
7. use a registered pesticide contrary to the approved label (section 15);
8. keep registered pesticides in a container without an approved label (section 16);
9. possess or use a restricted pesticide without being authorised by a certificate of competency or a pesticide control order (section 17).
Responsible Manager Suzannah Mitchell, Environmental Sustainability Manager
Coordinating Officer David Snell, Operations Coordinator
Coordinating Unit Estate and Built Environment
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Estate and Built Environment
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Rural Properties
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code None
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Training
Description Training in the use of pesticides is compulsory for people who use pesticides as part of their job or business. These pesticide users must do a short refresher course every five years.
Impacts It is an offence under the Act to:
1. use a pesticide in a manner that injures or is likely to injure another person (section 10);
2. use a pesticide in a manner that damages or is likely to damage any property of another person (section 10);
3. use a pesticide in a manner that harms any non-target animal or plant, or harms any animal or plant if there is no approved label or permit for the pesticide (section 11);
4. wilfully or negligently use a pesticide in a manner that causes material harm to threatened species or protected animals (section 9);
5. possess or use an unregistered pesticide without a permit (sections 12 and 13);
6. fail to read an approved label or permit before using a registered pesticide (section 14);
7. use a registered pesticide contrary to the approved label (section 15);
8. keep registered pesticides in a container without an approved label (section 16);
9. possess or use a restricted pesticide without being authorised by a certificate of competency or a pesticide control order (section 17).
Responsible Manager Kathy Little, Operations Coordinator
Coordinating Officer Suzannah Mitchell, Environmental Sustainability Manager
Coordinating Unit Estate and Built Environment
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Estate and Built Environment
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Rural Properties
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code None
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites