Australia’s chemical regulation falls under the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation. The WHS is developed at the federal level but it is up to the different states/territories to implement, regulate, and enforce them. For Nexreg services, we provide the most recent Australia GHS regulations to the entire country. If clients ask for specific territory information we can discuss options with them.
In New South Wales/South Australia/Northern Territory, existing products do not require labelling according to Rev. 7 if they were manufactured or imported:
Before January 1, 2017 and were labelled in accordance with NOHSC:2012(1994) or
Before January 1, 2023 and were labelled in accordance with GHS Rev 3 at time of manufacture
In Victoria, existing products do not require labelling if they were manufactured or imported before January 1, 2023 and were labelled in accordance with GHS Rev. 3, 4 or 5 at the time of manufacture.
The pre-2016 regulations (pre-GHS) appear to still be valid for Western Australia, but they are consulting on how to implement elements of the WHS.
**There is an unlimited sell-through period for existing labels. Suppliers and users of hazardous chemicals may continue to use existing stock until it runs out, even if it runs out after December 31, 2022.