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Judicial decisions and reviews by outside bodies

Parliamentary committees and other reviews

Parliamentary committees tabled two reports relevant to the APVMA’s operations. The table below shows the dates of the inquiry reports, and the dates the Australian Government provided its response.

Parliamentary committee reports tabled in 2018–19

Committee

Inquiry

Tabling date

Australian Government response date

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee

The independence of regulatory decisions made by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)

1 February 2019

11 April 2019

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2018 [Provisions]

11 February 2019

9 April 2019

Auditor-General's reports

In 2018–19 the Auditor-General conducted one Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report of relevance to the APVMA.

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

The Lord Howe Island First Peoples Association applied to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for review of the APVMA’s decision to issue a permit to the Lord Howe Island Board.

On 14 April 2018, the AAT handed down its decision setting aside and substituting the decision under review (ie to issue permit PER85459 on certain conditions)—Lord Howe Island First Peoples Association and Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority [2019] AATA 748. The new permit retained substantially the same conditions as the old one, but with some additional precautions and detail added to existing directions.

Federal Court

Randlab P/L applied to the Federal Court for review of an Armidale Local Court magistrate’s decision to issue a search warrant to the APVMA in relation to its premises. A hearing was conducted in the Federal Court on 5 and 6 June 2019.