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.

Emergency and Minor Use Permits currently held by GPA include:

Permit PER 90799 - Chemical product for control of mice in certain crops and pasture - Updated permit with additional products

7 May 2021 to 31 October 2022

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.

Permit PER 90223 - Product for control of various weeds in fallow in conjunction with optical spot spray technology

1 December 2021 to 31 December 2026

This GPA permit is for the use of a range of herbicides for summer weed control using optical camera spraying technology systems such as Weedseeker, WEEDIt, John Deere See & Spray, Bilberry and other emerging green on brown optical spray systems, to enhance weed management in fallow situations.

Permit PER 91156 NSW Only - Products with the spray drift management tool (SDMT) for the recalculation of buffer zones

14 July 2021 to 31 July 2022

This APVMA Permit  held by GPA is to assist with selected modern pesticide labels which contain spray drift buffer zone restraints for selected products in cereals and fallow situations. These restraints include mandatory recommended  buffers which are determined by the APVMA using the maximum use rate on the label and calculated using the Spray Drift Management Tool (SDMT). This tool is available to applicators by email request to GPA (See below) so that applicators can input site specific information and calculate reduced buffer zones applicable to local conditions and application technology (i.e. spray quality).

The Spray Drift Management Tool has been developed through activities if the National Working Party on Pesticide Application and approved for use by the APVMA. The main objectives of this NSW only pilot Permit is to identify the extent to which the SDMT is of practical benefit to users in terms of buffer zone reductions as well as other potential benefits such as reducing reliance on increasingly complex labels and increasing understanding of the relationship between application parameters and off target drift.  User feedback and experience is important and this will vary from individual to individual. 

As part of this pilot Permit there will inevitably be some additional input in terms of understanding how to use the SDMT, keeping records of what you have done as well as providing feedback on the SDMT at the end of the pilot. Users of this permit also have responsibilities to provide any adverse event feedback to GPA which we will also share with the relevant registrant, to provide permit experience advice to the APVMA. Recognising this will place some additional burden on you, your participation in this pilot would be greatly appreciated and would provide a valuable contribution towards the development of spray drift policy in Australia. To allow compliance of the SDMT with NSW State Control of Use legislation, for the purpose of the pilot program, the APVMA has issued a Permit for a limited range of products in cereal and fallow situations for use within NSW only.

Request access to SDMT, Excel tool and supporting Permit documents

Thanks for submitting your request to the SDMT for use with APVMA Permit PER91156


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

20 April 2020 to 31 July 2021 - Note this permit is currently expired - an extension of this permit is currently in application with the APVMA

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.