AgVet Chemicals Contacts

Agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals are important inputs for Tasmanian agriculture that assist in the production of sustainable, high-quality produce and livestock.  Whilst providing many benefits, chemicals must be used responsibly to manage weeds, pests and disease and minimise adverse effects associated with their use.

The Agricultural and Veterinary (Agvet) Chemical Program regulates the use of agvet chemicals to improve their use in Tasmania, protect and enhance market access and consumer confidence and minimise risks to human health, the environment, animal welfare and trade.

The Agvet Chemical Program administers commercial spray contractor and operator licensing, investigates spraying complaints and incidents, authorises the use of certain restricted products, coordinates residue surveillance and management programs and liaises with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority as part of the National Registration Scheme.

Registrar of Chemical Products

The Registrar of Chemical Products is the Manager of the AgVet Chemicals Program with responsibility to:
  • Administer and maintain legislation for controlling use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals and fertilisers
  • Develop chemicals policy (National and State) and Codes of Practice
  • Undertake Ministerial liaison
  • Oversee programs to manage chemical residues in agricultural produce
  • Grant spray operator licences, certificates of competency and permits to use certain chemicals like 2,4-D, 1080 and mevinphos.
Contact: Registrar of Chemical Products
Stuart Bowman
165 Westbury Road
PROSPECT TAS 7250 TAS
Phone: 03 6777 2133
Fax: 03 6343 2833
Email: Stuart.Bowman@dpipwe.tas.gov.au



Chemicals Coordinator

The Chemicals Coordinator is responsible for:
  • Providing scientific and technical advice on pesticides and veterinary medicines
  • Providing advice on the registration and application of pesticides and veterinary medicines
  • Liaising with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)
  • Coordinating scientific and technical input into APVMA efficacy reviews
  • State coordinator for off-label permits, chemical reviews and compliance and surveillance programs.
Stuart Bowman
165 Westbury Road
PROSPECT TAS 7250 TAS
Phone: 03 6777 2133
Fax: 03 6343 2833
Email: Stuart.Bowman@dpipwe.tas.gov.au


Residues Coordinator

The Residues Coordinator is the Coordinator of National Antibacterial Residue Minimisation (NARM) program, Hormonal Growth Promotant (HGP) control program and the National Organochlorine Residue Monitoring (NORM) program. It is this officer's responsibility to:
  • Coordinate chemical residue management and surveillance programs, including surveys, field investigations and compliance activities
  • Provide professional and technical advice to all levels of industry and government on the management of chemical residues in agricultural production systems
  • Monitor the use of chemicals in Tasmanian agriculture and develop strategies for reducing reliance on their use
  • Maintain effective liaison and communication with the National Residue Survey and other Government and industry groups associated with chemical residue programs
  • Perform the role of State Residue Coordinator for national residue management programs.
Contact: Residues Coordinator
Stuart Bowman
165 Westbury Road
PROSPECT TAS 7250
Phone: 03 6777 2133
Fax: 03 6343 2833
Email: Stuart.Bowman@dpipwe.tas.gov.au



Licence Coordinator

This officer is responsible for:
  • Developing, managing and maintaining chemical user licensing standards and procedures
  • Providing advice to government agencies, training organisations, industry and the community on issues relating to training, accreditation and licensing of chemical users
  • Administering the chemical user licensing system, including maintenance of the AGVET database, communication with chemical users; assessing and processing applications for chemical user licences and agricultural spraying permits for endorsement by the Registrar of Chemical Products or delegate
  • Developing and coordinating programs to monitor compliance with licensing and permit provisions of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1995
Contact: Licence Coordinator
Maria Hawksley
Licence Coordinator
165 Westbury Road PROSPECT TAS 7250
Phone: 03 6777 2118
Fax: 03 6343 2833
Email: Maria.Hawksley@dpipwe.tas.gov.au




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