Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
Agriculture and Water Resources
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is the Australian Government agency responsible for the assessment of pesticides and veterinary medicines and their regulation up to and including the point of retail sale. It sits within the portfolio of the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. The APVMA is responsible for administering and managing the national registration scheme for agricultural and veterinary chemicals, which sets out the regulatory framework for the management of pesticides and veterinary medicines in Australia. The APVMA administers the scheme's legislation in partnership with state and territory governments and with the active involvement of other Australian government agencies. Pesticides and veterinary medicines are vital to quality food and fibre production, animal health and onshore biosecurity and the community. The APVMA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is supported by an advisory board selected and appointed by the Minister for Agriculture. The CEO is responsible for the governance and management and of the authority, including the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers. The advisory board provides advice and makes recommendations to the CEO about the performance of a function or exercise of a power of APVMA. The advisory board does not have decision-making power, but assists to inform the CEO on strategic matters and provides an expert consultative mechanism.
Type of Body
R. Management Board
Established By / Under
Act / Regulation
Established By/Under More info
Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992
Max No. of Board/Committee Members
Annual Report Prepared and tabled?
X. Internal Management
Regulatory / Review / Inquiry / Commission
15 June 1993