AgVet chemicals regulation reform – workshop dates

If you are an aquaculturist and may need to use veterinary medicines in the future, this will interest you.

The process is a public one – see

I’ve made minor edits to the letter that was sent out to stakeholders.


The Dept of Agriculture are reviewing the regulation of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines with the goal of lowering the cost of regulation and improving access for farmers and other users. They would like to hear more of what you have to say on these issues.

They’re looking to include those stakeholders that have a particular expertise and interest in AgVet Chemicals Regulation as they will be going in to some detail about the reforms they’re exploring.

As part of our stakeholder consultation, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will run a second series of workshops around the country. They would like you to attend so you can let them know what kind of reform would work best for you.

Specifically, they will seek stakeholder views on the details of some of the reforms they had discussed with stakeholders earlier in the year and to identify reforms that may be presented to government in the first half of 2016 for implementation soon after.

The workshops will also provide the opportunity for stakeholders to engage with each other about reform.

The first stakeholder engagement workshop was held in late April. Details of the reform approaches, issues, discussions and debates raised in those workshops will be published on our website in mid-October leading up to the next workshops.

The following day-long stakeholder engagement workshops will be held:

Canberra – Tuesday 27 October 2015

Perth – Thursday 29 October 2015

Brisbane – Monday 2 November 2015

Sydney – Monday 9 November 2015

Melbourne – Fri 13 Nov 2015

Feedback from these sessions will be used to develop a policy paper outlining the case for reform and presenting a package of proposed reforms. After this paper is released it will also be open for formal written submissions.

They will provide formal invitations and more details soon, but the agenda and topics will be the same for each workshop.

These sessions are open to anyone with an interest in the subject and we would appreciate it if you would share this email with others who may be interested.

Any questions or issues should be directed to


Marc Kelly

Director, Agvet Chemical Reform Development and Implementation

Agvet Chemicals Regulation Reform | Sustainable Agriculture and Fisheries Division

Phone +61 2 6272 5485 | Mobile 0477 701 878| Email:

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

18 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601 Australia



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Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA.
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Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383
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