Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standard (IChEMS)
All Australian governments are working together to strengthen chemicals management laws to protect our land, air, and water.
The Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standard – or IChEMS – has been established to help industry and governments manage the environmental risks of chemicals.
IChEMS is a national approach to managing industrial chemical use, storage, handling, and disposal to help protect the environment, reduce pollution, and deliver more consistent regulation.
IChEMS has been established by the Commonwealth’s Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Act 2021.
The Tasmanian government has signed a national agreement to adopt the IChEMS Register into the Tasmanian regulatory framework thereby ensuring a nationally consistent approach to the environmental management of industrial chemicals.
The aim is for jurisdictions to adopt and implement IChEMS into their regulatory frameworks from late 2022.
NRE Tasmania has responsibility for introducing the state based legislation to incorporate IChEMS into Tasmania’s regulatory framework.
More information about IChEMS including latest news, public consultation processes and a link to the Commonwealth's legislation can be found at the Australian Government’s Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water website.
Have Your Say on draft decisions to manage chemicals
The Australian Government's Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water is now seeking feedback on proposed regulatory scheduling decisions for managing eight chemicals under the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standard (IChEMS).
Consultation on the proposed decisions opens on 9 November 2022.
The decisions are for three chemicals of high concern to the environment, listed on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, plus another five chemicals of lower concern.
The high concern chemicals include hexabromobiphenyl (HBB), hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) and polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCN). A previous call for information indicates that these chemicals are no longer used in Australia.
The chemicals of low concern are currently used in Australia in cosmetics, printing and coating or automotive oils.
While open to the public, this Have Your Say process is most relevant to chemical importers, manufacturers and users and the hazardous waste industry. Input provided will inform consistent national standards for chemicals.
To find out more, visit the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water's IchEMS consultation page
before submissions close on 7 December 2022