Draft Export Control Bills Package 2019

Public consultations are now closed.

Do you export agricultural products?

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

You can now provide feedback on the Draft Export Control Bills Package 2019. This includes the

  • draft Export Control Bill 2019 (the Bill).

The package also includes drafts of four Bills that will ensure a smooth transition from the old legislation to the new:

  • draft Export Control (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019 (the C&T Bill)
  • draft Export Charges (Imposition-Customs) Amendment Bill 2019
  • draft Export Charges (Imposition-Excise) Amendment Bill 2019
  • draft Export Charges (Imposition-General) Amendment Bill 2019.

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.

Agricultural exports are currently regulated by over 20 Acts and 40 pieces of delegated legislation. Existing export-related requirements are being streamlined and consolidated into new legislation, including the Export Control Bill 2019 and a set of Export Control Rules 2020.

The improvements will provide the same level of regulatory oversight while:

  • making laws more relevant, responsive and efficient for exporters, farmers and other primary producers
  • removing duplication
  • ensuring consistency across commodities where possible.

This will help exporters, farmers and other primary producers understand and comply with the laws.

The Export Control Bill 2019 will be the key piece of primary legislation in the new framework. In 2017 we consulted on a draft Export Control Bill 2017. The Export Control Bill 2017 was introduced into the Australian Parliament on 7 December 2017. It lapsed with the prorogation of the Australian Parliament for the 2019 General Election. We are working with the government to determine when the Bill will be re-introduced.

The Summary of amendments to the draft Export Control Bill 2019 describes differences between the 2019 and 2017 versions of the Bill.

The Export Control Rules 2020 are based on the current Export Control commodity orders. In 2018 and 2019 we consulted on draft rules for meat, milk, fish and eggs. We will continue to draft and consult on commodity-specific rules.

Share your feedback

Thank you for your feedback. This consultation is now closed.

We are currently considering all of your feedback and submissions and we will provide an update on this page once this process is complete.

Further information on how we’re improving Australia’s agricultural export legislation can be found at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/market-access-trade/improving-export-legislation.

We held information sessions across the country to discuss the Draft Export Control Bills Package 2019.

Submissions closed on Friday 9 October 2019.

Public consultations are now closed.

Do you export agricultural products?

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

You can now provide feedback on the Draft Export Control Bills Package 2019. This includes the

  • draft Export Control Bill 2019 (the Bill).

The package also includes drafts of four Bills that will ensure a smooth transition from the old legislation to the new:

  • draft Export Control (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019 (the C&T Bill)
  • draft Export Charges (Imposition-Customs) Amendment Bill 2019
  • draft Export Charges (Imposition-Excise) Amendment Bill 2019
  • draft Export Charges (Imposition-General) Amendment Bill 2019.

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.

Agricultural exports are currently regulated by over 20 Acts and 40 pieces of delegated legislation. Existing export-related requirements are being streamlined and consolidated into new legislation, including the Export Control Bill 2019 and a set of Export Control Rules 2020.

The improvements will provide the same level of regulatory oversight while:

  • making laws more relevant, responsive and efficient for exporters, farmers and other primary producers
  • removing duplication
  • ensuring consistency across commodities where possible.

This will help exporters, farmers and other primary producers understand and comply with the laws.

The Export Control Bill 2019 will be the key piece of primary legislation in the new framework. In 2017 we consulted on a draft Export Control Bill 2017. The Export Control Bill 2017 was introduced into the Australian Parliament on 7 December 2017. It lapsed with the prorogation of the Australian Parliament for the 2019 General Election. We are working with the government to determine when the Bill will be re-introduced.

The Summary of amendments to the draft Export Control Bill 2019 describes differences between the 2019 and 2017 versions of the Bill.

The Export Control Rules 2020 are based on the current Export Control commodity orders. In 2018 and 2019 we consulted on draft rules for meat, milk, fish and eggs. We will continue to draft and consult on commodity-specific rules.

Share your feedback

Thank you for your feedback. This consultation is now closed.

We are currently considering all of your feedback and submissions and we will provide an update on this page once this process is complete.

Further information on how we’re improving Australia’s agricultural export legislation can be found at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/market-access-trade/improving-export-legislation.

We held information sessions across the country to discuss the Draft Export Control Bills Package 2019.

Submissions closed on Friday 9 October 2019.