Consultation Draft Export Control (Plants and Plant Products) Rules 2020

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We are improving Australia’s agricultural export legislation. This is part of our wider initiative to strengthen Australian agricultural exports and market access.

The improvements will make the laws more relevant, responsive and efficient. They will continue to provide the same level of regulatory oversight, remove duplication and ensure consistency across commodities where possible. This will help exporters, farmers and other primary producers.

You can now provide feedback on the Consultation Draft Export Control (Plants and Plant Products) Rules 2020.

The draft plant rules set out the operational details about how exports of plants and plant products will be regulated. The draft rules will replace the existing regulations and orders.

Visit our website for more on why we’re improving export legislation.

Make a submission

Take our survey to make a submission. Before you provide feedback, read the:

Provide your feedback using our online form.

Submissions are open until 19 June 2020.

We will hold an information session to discuss the draft plant rules. Email exportlegislation@agriculture.gov.au to register your interest in participating.

Background

In 2015 we reviewed agricultural export legislation.

During the review we:

  • analysed existing legislation
  • released a discussion paper
  • called for public submissions
  • held stakeholder workshops in all states and territories.

Based on the review, the government decided to improve agricultural export legislation.

The Export Control Rules 2020 are based on the current commodity orders. In 2018 and 2019, we consulted on draft rules for meat (version 1), milk, fish and eggs. We will continue to draft and consult on commodity-specific rules as we develop them. We are currently consulting on the draft rules for meat until 19 June 2020. Our consultation for poultry rules ended on 8 May 2020, and wood rules on 15 May 2020.

The Export Control Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 6 March 2020. This created a new platform for our regulation of agricultural exports. The Act consolidates export certificate provisions that are currently scattered through about 20 Acts and 40 pieces of subordinate legislation.

The new legislation is:

  • modern and easier to understand
  • supports the goal of a $100 billion agriculture industry by 2030
  • provides a solid base for our farmers to capitalise on export opportunities.

We consulted with industry, stakeholders and our workforce while developing the new legislation – ensuring it supported growth and innovation while maintaining the standards our trading partners expect.

What happens next

The new export legislation framework will commence shortly before 1 April 2021. We will continue to collaborate with stakeholders as we draft the export control rules. There will be a further opportunity to comment on the draft plant rules before they are finalised and come into effect.

Register your interest to stay informed about further consultation.

We are improving Australia’s agricultural export legislation. This is part of our wider initiative to strengthen Australian agricultural exports and market access.

The improvements will make the laws more relevant, responsive and efficient. They will continue to provide the same level of regulatory oversight, remove duplication and ensure consistency across commodities where possible. This will help exporters, farmers and other primary producers.

You can now provide feedback on the Consultation Draft Export Control (Plants and Plant Products) Rules 2020.

The draft plant rules set out the operational details about how exports of plants and plant products will be regulated. The draft rules will replace the existing regulations and orders.

Visit our website for more on why we’re improving export legislation.

Make a submission

Take our survey to make a submission. Before you provide feedback, read the:

Provide your feedback using our online form.

Submissions are open until 19 June 2020.

We will hold an information session to discuss the draft plant rules. Email exportlegislation@agriculture.gov.au to register your interest in participating.

Background

In 2015 we reviewed agricultural export legislation.

During the review we:

  • analysed existing legislation
  • released a discussion paper
  • called for public submissions
  • held stakeholder workshops in all states and territories.

Based on the review, the government decided to improve agricultural export legislation.

The Export Control Rules 2020 are based on the current commodity orders. In 2018 and 2019, we consulted on draft rules for meat (version 1), milk, fish and eggs. We will continue to draft and consult on commodity-specific rules as we develop them. We are currently consulting on the draft rules for meat until 19 June 2020. Our consultation for poultry rules ended on 8 May 2020, and wood rules on 15 May 2020.

The Export Control Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 6 March 2020. This created a new platform for our regulation of agricultural exports. The Act consolidates export certificate provisions that are currently scattered through about 20 Acts and 40 pieces of subordinate legislation.

The new legislation is:

  • modern and easier to understand
  • supports the goal of a $100 billion agriculture industry by 2030
  • provides a solid base for our farmers to capitalise on export opportunities.

We consulted with industry, stakeholders and our workforce while developing the new legislation – ensuring it supported growth and innovation while maintaining the standards our trading partners expect.

What happens next

The new export legislation framework will commence shortly before 1 April 2021. We will continue to collaborate with stakeholders as we draft the export control rules. There will be a further opportunity to comment on the draft plant rules before they are finalised and come into effect.

Register your interest to stay informed about further consultation.