Industry Pesticide Permits

Grain Producers Australia (GPA) on behalf of the Australian grains industry manages a number of industry permits for pesticide use with the Australian federal regulator the Agricultural Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) under the emergency and minor use program.


These emergency and minor use permits support the critical needs for the grains industry with rapid management of the sporadic incidence of vertebrate and invertebrate pests, weeds and crop disease as they occur in grain regions across Australia.


Click on APVMA link for further information on Minor and Emergency Use Permits.

Permit PER 90799 - Chemical product for control of mice in certain crops and pasture

27 April 2020 to 30 April 2021

This GPA permit is for the zinc phosphide bait concentration to be increased to ensure that farmers are able to better manage the current high mouse populations being experienced in parts of eastern and southern Australia. The increase in potency is to combat mouse bait anti-feeding behaviour with current registered bait concentration. Approval is sought from the APVMA to allow the use of products containing zinc phosphide at 50 g/ kg per kg of grain bait for pest mouse control as per current label directions.

Emergency and Minor Use Permits currently held by GPA include:


Permit PER89322 – Product for control of annual grasses in summer fallow (clethodim/paraquat)

20 April 2020 to 31 July 2021

This GPA emergency permit on behalf of growers in northern NSW and southern Queensland is to provide a fallow management option that allows growers the flexibility to control emerging grass weeds following recent flooding, without restricting their crop planting options. Currently, the majority of available grass control options are untenable, due to either resistance/tolerance, e.g., glyphosate and Windmill grass and Feathertop Rhodes grass, or restrictive plant-back periods.

Permit PER89403 – Product for the control of Lepidopteran pests in millet (alpha-cypermethrin for Helicoverpa spp, Common Armyworm, Inland Armyworm and Southern Armyworm)

8 May 2020 to 31 May 2023

This GPA permit increases insecticides available for the control in millet crops of Helicoverpa spp., Armyworms and PER89400 control the recent new pest to Australia, Fall Armyworm. Millet plantings in 2020 has increased markedly following rain events in some cropping areas primarily in Qld, and NSW. Millet has been planted because it can act as a suitable cover crop with a short growing period. Chlorpyrifos was the only other insecticide specifically approved for use in millet for the control of Armyworms (which excludes Fall Armyworm). There were no insecticides previously approved specifically for use in millet for Helicoverpa spp. control.

​Product Label - Roundup Ultra Max Herbicide - Resulting from previous GPA permit PER82594

Pre-harvest desiccation and spray topping of weeds (glyphosate) on feed barley only 

The new label details application rates for pre-harvest application of glyphosate as Roundup Ultra Max Herbicide as a harvest aid and weed control in Barley with the label restraint - DO NOT apply to malting barley. The revised maximum residue limit (MRL) of 20mg/kg glyphosate will now apply to barley. Producers are reminded of the importance of stewardship of pesticide products, including glyphosate. The conditions of use, directions and restraints of the product label must be followed. Declarations of use may also be required and complied with as directed by buyers and traders.