Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS)

Little Pro on 2015-12-31

The Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) is a list of industrial chemicals that are available for use in Australia. Some may only be available for specified/conditional use. Currently, more than 40,000 industrial chemicals are listed on AICS. It has been renamed as Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals (AIIC) and the latest AIIC can be searched here.

Tips on Checking AICS

When you check AICS, it is very important that you also check if there are any conditions or restrictions applicable if your chemical substance is listed. The picture below shows how to search AICS.

AICS Tipcs

To search the confidential section of AICS, you may submit an inquiry to authority by completing Form AICS 5C - Confidential AICS Search.


The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme, known as NICNAS, defines a new chemical substance as an industrial chemical that is not listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS), or a listed chemical substance subject to a condition of use. New chemical notification needs to be submitted to NICNAS unless a new chemical substance is exempt.

Where a chemical is on the AICS, but has a condition of use associated with it, if that chemical is to be used within the conditions of use, the chemical remains an existing chemical and NICNAS need not be notified.

AICS and Priority Existing Chemicals (PECs)

You can also check if an existing substance is on the list of Priority Existing Chemicals (PECs) subject to assessment or if the substance is a candidate PEC on AICS. A person must not introduce a priority existing chemical unless an assessment certificate has been applied for under NICNAS.

Reference & Resources

Click here to access all chemical references and resources for Australia including regulations, regulatory lists and useful links to the websites of competent authorities.

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