AFPA members include native forest managers, plantation growers, and wood and paper product manufacturers. These industries use relatively small amounts of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals when compared with other larger agricultural sectors.

However, chemical use is critical to maintaining and improving the industry’s productivity and competitiveness to meet Australia’s wood fibre and product needs into the future. As such, AFPA has a strong interest in agvet chemical regulation reform. In principle, AFPA supports reform processes that remove red-tape by improving the efficiency of regulation and regulatory bodies, and create more certainty for all stages of the agvet assessment and registration process.

 

Submission to the ‘Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport (RRAT) Inquiry into the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Bill 2014