- prohibit or control the use of a pesticide or class of pesticide
- state how pesticides may be used in specific situations
- authorise who can possess a restricted pesticide
- declare how the restricted pesticide must be used and what conditions apply
- specify training qualification requirements for use of the pesticide.
The EPA issues PCOs
- under Section 38 of the Pesticides Act 1999
- when the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) determines that a pesticide of a specific active constituent is to be a restricted pesticide.
A PCO commences on the date it is published or at a date specified in the PCO that must be later than the publication date. PCO's are published in the NSW Government Gazette and details may also be advertised in certain newspapers.