Agricultural Chemical User Permits
An Agricultural Chemical User Permit (ACUP) is a 10-year permit issued by DEPI to appropriately trained chemical users, which authorises the purchase of 'restricted supply' chemicals and use of 'restricted use' chemicals (i.e. higher risk chemicals) in Victoria.
ACUPs do not authorise the holder to use these chemicals for a fee or reward (e.g. to operate as a spray contractor).
Who needs an ACUP?
A person who wishes to use any of the agricultural chemical products listed in Table 1 below must hold a valid ACUP.
However, there are some alternative forms of authorisation that may apply to some people (see Alternative chemical use authorisations).
Table 1. Available ACUP endorsements and their training requirements
|STANDARD (RESTRICTED USE CHEMICALS)|
|Authorises the use of agricultural chemical products that:
|1080 (SODIUM FLUOROACETATE)|
Authorises the supply and use of agricultural chemical products that:
|Authorises the purchase and use of agricultural chemical products that:
The unit Conduct Fumigation CPPPMT3011A (formerly known as PRMPM11B) from the Asset Maintenance training package.
|Authorises the supply and use of agricultural chemical products that:
A training course in vermin control or pest animal management that includes the units AHCVPT306A, AHCFAU201A, AHCPMG402A and AHCVPT302A (formerly known as RTD2101A, RTD2126A, RTD4403A and RTE3406A, respectively).
|COPPER CHROMIUM ARSENIC|
|Authorises the supply and use of agricultural chemical products that:|
The training competency unit FPISAW3201B (Treat timber) or the previous equivalent (FPISAW3201A).
If you need more than one of the above ACUP endorsements, a single permit can be issued for any combination except for CCA, which must be issued separately. The training requirements for each endorsement required must be met before a combined permit can be issued.
Please note: A chemical user training course certificate or card is not an ACUP – it only qualifies the holder to apply for an ACUP.
Under 18 ACUP
There are conditional ACUPs available for applicants aged under 18 years which authorise the use of products that contain atrazine, metham sodium and the ester formulations of 2,4-D, 2,4-DB, MCPA and triclopyr, and also pindone concentrate for the preparation of poison baits. It is illegal for a person under 18 to possess or use a Schedule 7 poison (DANGEROUS POISON).
Alternative chemical use authorisations
Where a 'restricted use' chemical is used, an ACUP is not required by people:
1. Who are operating under the direct and immediate supervision (within sight and sound) of an ACUP holder
2. Who have, or are working under, a DEPI Commercial Operator Licence or Pilot (Chemical Rating) Licence
3. Who have a Pest Control Licence issued by the Department of Health
4. Who have completed the Agvet Chemical Users Course (or previous equivalent), or are under the direct and immediate supervision of a person who has completed such a course, and
- are operating under a quality assurance (QA) program that requires chemicals to be used in accordance with label directions; and
- the QA program is independently audited at regular intervals of less than two years.
Note: DEPI does not issue or approve the ACUP exemption, or the QA program, described in point 4. If a user of restricted chemical products chooses not to hold an ACUP, it is their responsibility to ensure they, and the QA program they operate under, meet the criteria described above.
How to apply for an ACUP
To apply for an ACUP for the first time:
- Decide which ACUP endorsement(s) you need
- Successfully complete the appropriate training course(s)
- Complete and submit a DEPI ACUP application form:
For a 'restricted use' Standard, 1080, Fumigant or Pindone ACUP (or combinations of these) or to add one of these endorsements to an existing ACUP: Application for an Agricultural Chemical User Permit (ACUP)
To add a 1080 endorsement to an existing ACUP: Application for a 1080 endorsement to a current Agricultural Chemical User Permit
Please include a copy of your course certificate or statement of results with your application.
The ACUP application fee as at 1 July 2014 is $50.30 and the permit is valid for 10 years.
There is no cost for adding another endorsement to an existing ACUP.
Application processing time
Please make sure you submit your ACUP application at least four weeks before the time you intend to use the relevant chemical products, to allow for processing.
Re-applying for an ACUP
Approximately two months before an ACUP is due to expire, DEPI will send to the ACUP holder a renewal letter and Application for an Agricultural Chemical User Permit (ACUP) form to the address listed on their ACUP. To re-apply, simply complete and send the application form and fee to the ACUP Registrar.
If you don't received a renewal letter, you can either contact the ACUP Registrar on 1800 678 779 or download and submit the application form. It is your responsibility to have a valid ACUP when using 'restricted use' chemicals - DEPI takes no responsibility if you do not receive your renewal letter.
You do not need to complete a chemical user refresher course in order to reapply for your ACUP. However, DEPI encourages chemical users to keep up-to-date with changes in technology, current practices and regulations.
Change of address
If you change your address, please notify DEPI by completing a Change of address notification for a licence or permit form and sending it to the ACUP Registrar.
- You must make specified records within 48 hours of using an agricultural chemical product and keep them for two years. Note this excludes the use of household or home garden products.
- 'Restricted use' chemicals must be used in strict accordance with the label. Off-label use of these chemicals is illegal in Victoria unless the user holds a valid Section 25A Permit issued by DEPI.