Controlled substances licence and feedstock permits - methyl bromide

Controlled substance licences

About the licence

The import, export and manufacture of methyl bromide has been controlled under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act) since 1996.

Persons may apply for a controlled substances licence for the import and/or export of methyl bromide. There is currently no manufacture of methyl bromide in Australia. A non-refundable fee of $15 000 is payable on application. The licence sets a limit on the maximum amount of methyl bromide allowed to be imported and/or exported, by type of methyl bromide use (i.e., Quarantine and Pre-Shipment (QPS), non-Quarantine and Pre-Shipment (non-QPS), or feedstock).

In deciding on an application, the Minister will consider whether the applicant is a fit and proper person. Section 16 of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 lists matters which the Minister must consider in making this decision.

An import levy is also payable at the end of each quarter, based on the quantity of methyl bromide imported during that quarter. This import levy is currently set at $135 per metric tonne of methyl bromide. There is no levy on the export of methyl bromide.

A controlled substances licence comes into force on the date specified on the licence instrument and stays in force until the end of the licence period in which it is granted, unless otherwise notified by the Department of the Environment. The current licensing period concludes on 31 December 2015. The next licensing period will run from 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2017.

Quarterly reporting requirements

Holders of a controlled substances licence must provide quarterly reports to the Minister that include:

  • the purity and quantity of substances imported, including country of origin, and
  • the purity and quantity of substances exported, including country of destination

Inaccurate reporting and late submissions are offences under the Act, for which penalties may be applied.

Feedstock permit application form

Feedstock is defined in the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 as 'an intermediate substance which is used to manufacture other chemicals'.

Anyone wishing to apply for a permit to use methyl bromide as a feedstock in the manufacture of other chemicals should download the permit application form and send it to the Department of the Environment. There is no application fee and applicants should expect a decision about the application within 30 days, unless further information is requested.

Contact details

For further information about your obligations under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations, to receive hard copies of any of the forms, or to discuss any methyl bromide issue, please contact:

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas International Team
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: +61 2 6274 1373
Fax: +61 2 6274 2849
Email: ozone@environment.gov.au