This article applies to selling in: Australia


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In Australia, a broad range of products are subject to regulation as pesticides, including products that you may not immediately think of as pesticides. A pesticide is defined by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) as:

  • Any substance, or mixture of substances, other than a feed additive, intended for preventing, destroying or controlling any pest, including unwanted species of plants or animals during the production, processing, storage, transport or marketing of food, agricultural commodities or animal feedstuffs.
  • Any substance, or mixture of substances, administered to animals for the control of insects, arachnids, or other pests in or on their bodies.
  • Any substance, or mixture of substances, intended for use as a plant growth regulator, defoliant, desiccant or plant thinning agent, or agent preventing the premature fall of fruit and substances applied to crops, either before or shortly after harvest, to protect the commodity from deterioration during storage and transport.

Any product or device satisfying the above definition of a pesticide must comply with the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 (AGVET Code) For more information, refer to and

Examples of permitted listings

Pesticides that comply with the AGVET code, including registration with the APVMA and labelling requirements.

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Illegal and unregistered pesticides (for example, insecticide chalk, tres pasitos)
  • Pesticide products that were not intended for sale in Australia (these may look like recognised brands, but are not labelled with an APVMA registration number)
  • Pest control devices (for example, ultrasound devices for repelling ants) that have not been registered with the APVMA
  • Restricted use pesticides, which are not to be available for purchase or use by the general public
  • Products not registered with the APVMA that make a pesticide claim, unless subject to one of the limited exclusions below
  • Pesticide products that contain false or misleading claims or are otherwise misbranded (for example, claims regarding the safety of the pesticide or its ingredients, such as safe, nonpoisonous, non-injurious, harmless, nontoxic, or all natural)
  • Pesticide products that make public health claims (for example, treated wristbands that are marketed as repelling ticks that carry Lyme disease)
  • Pesticide products that are in broken packaging or are being sold in a quantity or amount different from what is listed on the label approved by the APVMA.

Are any products excluded from AGVET Code requirements and APVMA Registration?

Exclusions from the registration requirement are narrow, and primarily apply to:

  • Active constituents exempt from the requirements of APVMA approval for use in agricultural or veterinary chemical products (for more information, refer to

Note: Some pesticides may be hazardous materials and are therefore ineligible for Fulfilment by Amazon.

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