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Research consultancy for agricultural chemicals and veterinary chemicals data sources
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Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart
The Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment (the department) has policy responsibility for agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals authorisation (supply) in Australia. As part of this responsibility, the department must ensure that policy settings and legislation for agvet chemicals ensure their safe and effective use, without causing undue harm to people or the environment. The department also represents the Australian government at various international fora, where policy and regulatory settings are discussed.
However, despite data being provided to the supply regulator at the time of authorisation of agvet chemicals, there is little data currently available to the department regarding human health or environmental fate of agvet chemicals in Australia in ‘field’ conditions. Similarly, the department has little information about the presence of agvet chemicals in treated produce sold domestically within Australia. The paucity of available ‘field’ data poses risks to the Australian government in both policy development and in international fora, when discussing the integrity and effectiveness of the Australian regulatory system.
This procurement aims to map all current sources of data on agvet chemical use in Australia, such as state and territory, industry, or academic monitoring programs which could be leveraged to inform the department. This will allow us to determine if current data sources are sufficient to inform us about agvet chemical use in Australia. The mapping exercise will also allow the identification of any gaps where new data is needed.
No Mandatory Conditions for Participation are specified.
31st October 2022