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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


Date Issued

Expiry Date

Permit holder

Download permit

PER82986 Version 3

Boscalid + pyraclostrobin / Blueberries, Rubus and Rubus hybrids / Various diseases



 Hort Innovation


PER94452 Version 1

Chlorantraniliprole & thiamethoxam / Leafy vegetables / Leaf miners



 Hort Innovation


PER88066 Version 2

Emamectin /Celery /Helicoverpa, Lightbrown Apple Moth & Cluster Caterpillar



Hort Innovation


PER88559 Version 3

Serenade Opti Biofungicide / Cherries / Suppression Of Various Diseases



Hort Innovation


PER13859 Version 3

Dimethoate / Orchard cleanup fruit fly host crops / fruit fly



Hort Innovation


PER9409 Version 4

Sulfur Dust / Banana Bunches / Mites



Hort Innovation


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 (

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.