New minor use permits issued for nursery industry

Through the industry’s National Nursery Industry Biosecurity Program (NY15004), a strategic levy investment under Hort Innovation’s Nursery Fund, levy funds and Australian Government contributions are used to apply for and renew minor use permits.

Pesticide companies submit pesticides for registration with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), which is the regulatory body for agricultural chemicals in Australia. Because of its ‘minor crop’ status the nursery industry generally sees limited registrations. This is because with a small market size, there are often not adequate commercial returns on the research and development investment required to register the chemicals.

To overcome this, industry is able to register for minor use permits to enable legal use of agrochemicals in minor crop situations such as nursery crops. Access to a diversity of  chemical groups means that growers are able to have a variety of options when it comes to effectively managing pests and the build of up of chemical resistances.

The following new permits have been issued by the APVMA for the nursery Industry:


Permit Number

Description Date Issued Expiry Date Comments
Starkle Insecticide (dinotefuran)/Nursery stock (non-food), cut flowers and foliage/ aphids, borers, leaf beetles, leafhoppers, mealybugs, mirids, scales, whiteflies, thrips, weevils
28-Nov-17 30-Nov-20 New permit.

Issued for all states (excl Vic).

Pirimor WG Aphicide (pirimicarb)/Nursery stock (non-food)/aphids (various)
29-Nov-17 30-Nov-20 New permit.

Issued for all states (excl Vic).

Diptex Insect Growth Regulator (cyromazine)/ Nursery stock (non-food)/larvae of leafminer flies and Sciarid flies
24-Oct-17 31-Oct-22 New permit.

Issued for all states (excl Vic).

Agador Turf Nematicide and Miticide (abamectin)/Nursery stock (non-food), cut flowers & foliage/nematodes (various)
30-Nov-17 30-Nov-20 New permit.

Issued for all states (excl Vic).

Mainman 500 WG insecticide (flonicamid)/nursery stock/aphids, mealybugs, mirids, silverleaf whitefly and thrips & western flower thrips (suppression)
6-Dec-17 31-Dec-22

New permit.

Issued for all states.



All current minor use permits for the industry, and the conditions of their use, are searchable at

This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the nursery research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government.

Project code: NY15004

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