Pest and Weed Control

Use and Disposal of Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Pesticides)

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Pesticides) are purchased and applied in the ACT by a diverse range of users. Users include members of the public, commercial pest control businesses, and other businesses such as forestry and golf courses. The most common use of pesticides in the ACT is to control pests in homes and gardens. Other uses in the ACT include turf care, such as golf courses, playing fields, etc, maintenance of public space, including road verges, forestry, agriculture and animal care.


The ACT Government is responsible for control over the use of agvet chemicals that is after the first point of retail sale. The Environment Protection Act 1997 and the Environment Protection Regulation 2005 provide the legislative basis for these controls.

Commercial Use of AgVet Chemicals

Under Schedule 1 of the Environment Protection Act 1997, an environmental authorisation is required in relation to the commercial use AgVet Chemicals.

A list of Authorised Pest and Weed Control Operators in the ACT is available.

Permits to use Unregistered Agvet Chemicals

Agvet chemicals may be only be used in a manner contrary to their conditions of registration (i.e. not in accordance with the label) if a permit has been issued by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. The same condition applies to unregistered agvet chemicals. The following types of permits may be issued:Trial Permits are issued for testing new chemicals. Off label and Emergency Permits are issued for use of an agvet chemical on a pest, crop or an animal where a current registration does not exist. For example a permit was quickly issued to allow the use of a vaccine against the Rabbit Callicivirus to protect pet rabbits in the ACT when the disease escaped from containment in South Australia.

Banned or Restricted Chemicals in the ACT

The following chemicals are either banned or require a permit to use: 2,4,5-T, Ethylene dibromide, Arsenic compounds, Cyhexatin, Tributyltin, Phenylmercuric acetate, DDT, Heptachlor, Endrin, Lindane, Chlordane, Aldrin, Chlordimeform and Sodium Fluoracetate 1080. If you suspect you may have one of these, please contact the Environment Protection Authority.

Disposal Of Unwanted Pesticides

If misused or accidentally spilled, some of these chemicals are potentially hazardous due to their corrosive, flammable or reactive properties.

  • Do not put chemicals out for routine garbage pick-up.
  • Do not dispose of chemicals via the toilet or down the sink.
  • For enquiries and collection of household chemicals and garden pesticides please contact the Environment Protection Authority.

Disposal of Contaminated Commercial Waste

Subject to strict guidelines, some types of contaminated commercial waste, such as empty agvet chemical containers, may disposed of at the 'select' area of West Belconnen landfill under supervision.

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