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Chemicals and Plastics Resources and Publications

Information that is relevant to chemicals and plastics regulation reform is provided below:

  • National Partnership Agreement
    As part of the National Partnership Agreement to Deliver a Seamless National Economy, all nine governments have committed to reforms in the regulation of chemicals and plastics.
  • Government Response to the Productivity Commission Report on Chemicals and Plastics Regulation
    At its meeting on 29 November 2008 COAG agreed to a response to the recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s 2008 Research Report Chemicals and Plastics Regulation.  
  • Productivity Commission Research Report Chemicals and Plastics Regulation
    The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a study into chemicals and plastics regulation in Australia. In summary, the key tasks the Commission had been asked to undertake were to:
    • assess Australia's current system of chemicals and plastics regulation, including its effectiveness in achieving public health, occupational health and safety, and environmental outcomes, and its impacts on productivity, competitiveness and efficiency;
    • recommend reforms to the current system of regulation, including options to enhance national uniformity and consistency, streamline data requirements and assessment processes, and use alternatives to regulation.  
  • Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
    Safe Work Australia is the lead agency for promoting the implementation of the GHS. The GHS is a single nationally agreed system of classification and labelling of chemicals which was developed under the auspices of the United Nations (UN). The UN Economic Commission for Europe is monitoring the status of implementation of the GHS in each country. Australia has adopted the 3rd revised edition of the GHS under the model work health and safety laws. There was a phased introduction over frive years from the 2012 introduction, before the laws became mandatory on 1 January 2017. Further information on the GHS in Australia can be found on the Safe Work Australia website.
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
    CSIRO partnered with the Chemistry Australia, formerly Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA), and the ​Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to conduct a study to look at the major trends likely to shape the chemicals and plastics industry. Elements in Everything: Current profile and future trends for the Australian chemicals and plastics industry. The report was launched on the 19 March 2013.
    A second report Strategic Directions: Towards sustained growth of the Australian chemicals and plastics industry was launched at the PACIA National Conference in June 2013.
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