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Minor use permits

Providing access to safe and effective crop protection solutions

Publication date: 3 April 2024

Hort Innovation supports growers’ access to safe and effective crop protection solutions through levy projects, grant funded trials and additional activities.

Key resources for industry

Minor use permits

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) issues minor use permits so growers can legally access, and safely use, crop protection products for ‘minor uses’ that are not covered in a product’s registered label.

Hort Innovation facilitates the submission of renewals and applications for minor use permits on behalf of the horticulture sector.

Visit the APVMA site here to search and download all current minor use permits, including details on their conditions of use.

Recently issued minor use permits

The below minor use permits were recently issued by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). This information is circulated as part of Hort Innovation's Growing Innovation e-newsletter, which members and interested horticulture participants receive monthly. Sign up here.

Permit ID

Description

Date Issued

Expiry Date

Permit holder

Download permit

PER14326 Version 5

Captan / Leafy Lettuce, cucumber, capsicum & chilli / Grey Mould

19-Dec-2013

31-Mar-2027

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PER14326v5.pdf

PER84533 Version 3

Diazinon / Cherries / Black Cherry Aphid

15-Aug-2017

31-Mar-2025

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PER84533 v3.pdf

PER13901 Version 5

Glyphosate (shielded sprayer) / Capsicums - Snow Peas - Sugar Snap Peas / Annual and Perennial Grass and Broadleaf Weeds

06-Apr-2013

31-Mar-2029

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PER13901v5.pdf

PER89167 Version 2

Acramite Miticide (bifenazate)/Mites/Avocado

10-May-2021

31-Mar-2027

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PER89167 v2.pdf

PER87563 Version 2

Warlock Insecticide/Brassica Vegetables/Liriomyza leaf miners

06-Jun-19

31-Mar-2029

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PER87563v2.pdf

PER83944 Version 4

CLOTHIANIDIN/MANGO/FRUIT FLY

27-Nov-2017

31-Mar-2026

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PER83944v4.pdf

PER14694 Version 4

VectoBac WG Biological Larvicide / Protected cropping - capsicum, cucumber, eggplant, herbs, & lettuce

01-Jun-2014

31-Mar-2029

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PER14694v4.pdf

PER14695 version 5

Metalaxyl-M / Parsnips / Pythium Spp. and Phytophthora Spp.

01 May-2014

31-Mar-2029

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PER14695v5.pdf

PER14457 Version 4

Alpha-cypermethrin / Chicory, Leeks, Spring Onions, Shallots / Redlegged earth mite, Onion thrips

19-Mar-2014

31-Mar-2029

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PER14457v4.pdf

PER87631 version 3

Coragen Insecticide/ Spinach & Silverbeet/ Cabbage leaf miner

21-Jun-2019

31-Mar-2029

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PER87631v3.pdf

PER87599 version 2

Bogard 100 WG Foliar Fungicide, Score Foliar Fungicide (Various) / Persimmons - Japanese persimmons / Cercospora leaf spot and leaf spot

07-Jun-2019

31-Mar-2029

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PER87599V2.pdf

PER87515 version 2

VectoBac WG Biological Larvicide / Mushrooms / Fungus gnats and Sciarids

15-Mar-2019

31-Mar-2029

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PER87515v2.pdf

PER14471 Version 4

Lambda-cyhalothrin / Shallots & Spring onions / Various pests

30 May-2014

31-Mar-2029

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PER14471v4.pdf

PER87799 Version 2

SUMITOMO SHIELD SYSTEMIC INSECTICIDE / MANGO (MANGIFERA INDICA) / MANGO SEED WEEVIL

06-Jun-2019

31-Mar-2026

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PER87799v2.pdf

PER91907 Version 2

Tebufenozide / Blueberry / Lepidopteran (including but not exclusively Tortricidae and Helicoverpa)

06-Jun-2022

30-Jun-2026

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PER91907.pdf

PER12590 Version 5

Spinetoram - Pomefruit & Stonefruit / Fruit fly (Suppression only)

06-Oct-2011

31-May-2029

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PER12590 v5.pdf

PER80169 Version 4

Metribuzin/Carrots/Grass and Broadleaf Weeds

03-Mar-2015

31-Jan-2028

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PER80169v4.pdf

Data generation

The creation of pesticide residue, efficacy and crop safety data is needed to support minor use permit and label registration applications made to the APVMA. Hort Innovation’s data generation work is supported by assistance grants, which we seek on behalf of industry each year through the Australian Government’s Access to Industry Priority Uses of AgVet Chemicals program.

Strategic Agrichemical Review Process (SARPs)

To help horticulture industries identify gaps in existing control options for pests, weeds and diseases, Hort Innovation funds Strategic Agrichemical Review Process (SARP) research. This research is used to identify industry priorities in the pursuit of chemical registrations or minor use permits.

Download your industry’s current Strategic Agrichemical Review Process (SARP) document here.

Ag Chemical Updates

Hort Innovation distributes Ag Chemical Updates for the Australian horticulture industry, as part of the project Regulatory support and coordination (pesticides) (MT20007) and formerly, Regulatory support and coordination (pesticides) (MT17019) . These updates provide information on any developments in regulatory oversight of relevant chemicals and are an opportunity for industry to consider and develop responses to issues arising from actions proposed that may impact on grower ability to access and use needed pesticides.

Ag Chemical Updates can be accessed from their dedicated page here

Related information and resources

Non-performance reporting form

Do you use agricultural chemicals available under a minor use permit for horticulture?

Have you had a non-performance or adverse experience with products for uses covered by a minor use permit?

An adverse experience is an unintended or unexpected effect on plants, plant products, animals, human beings or the environment, including injury, sensitivity reactions or lack of efficacy associated with the use of an agricultural chemical product(s) when used according to label (or permit) directions.

If you believe you have had a non-performance or an adverse experience following use under a minor use permit, please submit a report online at AERP AgVet Online Report System (apvma.gov.au).

This mechanism will assist the APVMA to receive and consider horticultural industry feedback on non-performance or adverse experiences relating to the use of agricultural chemicals under minor use permits. This information may also assist in making informed decisions on the suitability of pesticides for the future needs of your horticultural industry.

Further details about the APVMA’s Adverse Experience Reporting Program for Agricultural Chemicals may be found on their website here.

Permits, maximum residue limits and the food standards code

Users are advised that while a product can be applied legally under an APVMA minor use permit, there can be a significant delay until the maximum residue limit (MRL) gazetted by the APVMA is adopted in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Until this occurs, the MRL may not be recognised and a zero tolerance may be imposed for residues of the pesticide resulting from its use according to the APVMA permit.

Please be aware that in the absence of an MRL in the Food Standards Code, the use of the pesticide according to the permit may result in the suspension of the produce in the marketplace. Please check the FSANZ website or the Australian Government Federal Register of Legislation website to confirm if there are MRLs established by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.