Agricultural Export Regulation Review 2015

Public consultation on the Agricultural Export Regulation Review is closed.

Consultation commenced on 15 July 2015 and closed on 21 September 2015.

We reviewed agricultural export legislation to assess how we could improve it to keep it relevant into the future. The review also satisfied our requirement to review delegated export legislation before 2020 (under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003).

During the review, we:

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

We found that the existing legislative framework has served our exporters well, but there is room for improvement. We recommended some improvements to government. 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.

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

How you had your say

In July 2015 we released a Discussion paper [PDF, 1.9 MB] to help guide discussion of the future of agricultural export regulation.

We then sought feedback from people across government and the agricultural export sector. This included:

  • Industry/peak bodies
  • Government agencies
  • Exporters and producers
  • Departmental officers
  • Authorised officers
  • Industry consultative committees
  • Other community groups.

You gave feedback through:

  • pre-consultation tours
  • discussion groups, teleconferences and meetings held around Australia
  • online written submissions.

Who engaged

Online Submission

We received 25 formal submissions from businesses, industry groups and state and territory governments. Most submissions have been published. A small number were marked confidential in part, or in their entirety.

Meetings

13 stakeholders participated in pre-consultation tours. During the consultation period over 80 external stakeholders gave their views through discussion groups, one-on-one meetings or teleconferences. We also consulted with relevant state and territory government departments and Commonwealth agencies and with internal subject matter experts. Consultation sessions were held in:

  • Canberra, ACT
  • Perth, WA
  • Brisbane, QLD
  • Melbourne, VIC
  • Hobart, TAS
  • Sydney, NSW
  • Adelaide, SA.

What you said

In May 2016 we published a Consultation report [DOCX, 1.2 MB]. This report summarises the views that stakeholders expressed during consultation.

Key ideas heard during consultation included:

  • The current level of export regulation should be maintained as it is necessary to protect market access and Australia’s international reputation as an exporter of high quality agricultural products.
  • Improvements could be made to the export regulation by:
    • more closely aligning requirements with importing country requirements
    • increasing flexibility through outcomes based regulation to deal with the differences in commodities and export markets and enable future advancements
    • increasing opportunities for government-industry cooperation
    • reducing complexity and duplication between export regulations and other Australian standards
    • strengthening regulation in specific places, for example increased compliance options.

Key suggestions relating to non-regulation issues included:

  • reducing duplication in export processes, for example, through third party recognition
  • improving departmental systems and services to make them flexible, easier to use and responsive to commercial requirements
  • using open and clear two-way communication between the department and exporters
  • working with states and territories to share information and reduce duplication.

What happens next

Thank you for your feedback. The Australian government has decided to improve export legislation. This will better support exporters and trade.

We are developing the improved legislation. We will continue to collaborate with stakeholders and you will be able to have your say on draft legislation as it is developed.

Register your interest to stay informed about consultation on draft export legislation.

Public consultation on the Agricultural Export Regulation Review is closed.

Consultation commenced on 15 July 2015 and closed on 21 September 2015.

We reviewed agricultural export legislation to assess how we could improve it to keep it relevant into the future. The review also satisfied our requirement to review delegated export legislation before 2020 (under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003).

During the review, we:

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

We found that the existing legislative framework has served our exporters well, but there is room for improvement. We recommended some improvements to government. 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.

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

How you had your say

In July 2015 we released a Discussion paper [PDF, 1.9 MB] to help guide discussion of the future of agricultural export regulation.

We then sought feedback from people across government and the agricultural export sector. This included:

  • Industry/peak bodies
  • Government agencies
  • Exporters and producers
  • Departmental officers
  • Authorised officers
  • Industry consultative committees
  • Other community groups.

You gave feedback through:

  • pre-consultation tours
  • discussion groups, teleconferences and meetings held around Australia
  • online written submissions.

Who engaged

Online Submission

We received 25 formal submissions from businesses, industry groups and state and territory governments. Most submissions have been published. A small number were marked confidential in part, or in their entirety.

Meetings

13 stakeholders participated in pre-consultation tours. During the consultation period over 80 external stakeholders gave their views through discussion groups, one-on-one meetings or teleconferences. We also consulted with relevant state and territory government departments and Commonwealth agencies and with internal subject matter experts. Consultation sessions were held in:

  • Canberra, ACT
  • Perth, WA
  • Brisbane, QLD
  • Melbourne, VIC
  • Hobart, TAS
  • Sydney, NSW
  • Adelaide, SA.

What you said

In May 2016 we published a Consultation report [DOCX, 1.2 MB]. This report summarises the views that stakeholders expressed during consultation.

Key ideas heard during consultation included:

  • The current level of export regulation should be maintained as it is necessary to protect market access and Australia’s international reputation as an exporter of high quality agricultural products.
  • Improvements could be made to the export regulation by:
    • more closely aligning requirements with importing country requirements
    • increasing flexibility through outcomes based regulation to deal with the differences in commodities and export markets and enable future advancements
    • increasing opportunities for government-industry cooperation
    • reducing complexity and duplication between export regulations and other Australian standards
    • strengthening regulation in specific places, for example increased compliance options.

Key suggestions relating to non-regulation issues included:

  • reducing duplication in export processes, for example, through third party recognition
  • improving departmental systems and services to make them flexible, easier to use and responsive to commercial requirements
  • using open and clear two-way communication between the department and exporters
  • working with states and territories to share information and reduce duplication.

What happens next

Thank you for your feedback. The Australian government has decided to improve export legislation. This will better support exporters and trade.

We are developing the improved legislation. We will continue to collaborate with stakeholders and you will be able to have your say on draft legislation as it is developed.

Register your interest to stay informed about consultation on draft export legislation.