Consultation Draft Export Control (Animals) 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 (Animals) Rules 2020 (the draft animals rules).

The draft animals rules set out the operational details about how exports of live animals and animal reproductive materials will be regulated. Once finalised, the 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 21 August 2020.

If there is enough interest, we will hold an information session to discuss the draft animals rules. Email exportlegislation@awe.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 Australia’s agricultural export legislation. The new legislative framework for Australia’s agricultural exports, comprised of the Export Control Act 2020 (the Act) and the Export Control Rules 2020 will commence on 28 March 2021.

The Act consolidates and streamlines export certificate provisions that are currently scattered through about 20 Acts and 40 pieces of subordinate legislation.

The Export Control Rules 2020 will be legislative instruments made under the Act. The rules will outline the operational requirements agricultural exporters must meet to export specific commodities from Australia. They will also be based on the current orders and regulations for various commodities under the Export Control Act 1982 and the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997.

The new legislation will ensure:

  • exported goods meet the requirements of importing countries
  • government and relevant industry standards are complied with
  • goods are traceable throughout the export supply chain—from production and processing to exporting—where required
  • the integrity of goods, and the accuracy of applied trade descriptions and official marks, are maintained.

The improvements will make the legislation more relevant, responsive and efficient for exporters, farmers and other primary producers. It will still provide strong regulation and ensure exported goods meet importing country requirements, while removing duplication and ensuring consistency across commodities where possible.

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.

We will continue to consult as we draft commodity specific rules. In 2018 and 2019, we consulted on draft rules for meat (version1), milk, fish and eggs. As well as consulting on the draft animals rules, we have consulted on the following draft rules in 2020:

  • poultry (submissions closed 8 May 2020)
  • wood (submissions closed 15 May 2020)
  • meat v2 (submissions closed 26 June 2020)
  • plant (submissions closed 26 June 2020)
  • organics (submissions open until 7 August 2020).

What happens next

As noted, the new export legislation framework will commence on 28 March 2021. We will continue to collaborate with stakeholders as we draft the commodity-specific rules. There will be another opportunity to comment on the draft animals rules before they are finalised, and come into effect.

Please refer to the Improving Agricultural Export Legislation web page and/or register your interest in receiving updates on the development and implementation of this legislation.

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 (Animals) Rules 2020 (the draft animals rules).

The draft animals rules set out the operational details about how exports of live animals and animal reproductive materials will be regulated. Once finalised, the 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 21 August 2020.

If there is enough interest, we will hold an information session to discuss the draft animals rules. Email exportlegislation@awe.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 Australia’s agricultural export legislation. The new legislative framework for Australia’s agricultural exports, comprised of the Export Control Act 2020 (the Act) and the Export Control Rules 2020 will commence on 28 March 2021.

The Act consolidates and streamlines export certificate provisions that are currently scattered through about 20 Acts and 40 pieces of subordinate legislation.

The Export Control Rules 2020 will be legislative instruments made under the Act. The rules will outline the operational requirements agricultural exporters must meet to export specific commodities from Australia. They will also be based on the current orders and regulations for various commodities under the Export Control Act 1982 and the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997.

The new legislation will ensure:

  • exported goods meet the requirements of importing countries
  • government and relevant industry standards are complied with
  • goods are traceable throughout the export supply chain—from production and processing to exporting—where required
  • the integrity of goods, and the accuracy of applied trade descriptions and official marks, are maintained.

The improvements will make the legislation more relevant, responsive and efficient for exporters, farmers and other primary producers. It will still provide strong regulation and ensure exported goods meet importing country requirements, while removing duplication and ensuring consistency across commodities where possible.

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.

We will continue to consult as we draft commodity specific rules. In 2018 and 2019, we consulted on draft rules for meat (version1), milk, fish and eggs. As well as consulting on the draft animals rules, we have consulted on the following draft rules in 2020:

  • poultry (submissions closed 8 May 2020)
  • wood (submissions closed 15 May 2020)
  • meat v2 (submissions closed 26 June 2020)
  • plant (submissions closed 26 June 2020)
  • organics (submissions open until 7 August 2020).

What happens next

As noted, the new export legislation framework will commence on 28 March 2021. We will continue to collaborate with stakeholders as we draft the commodity-specific rules. There will be another opportunity to comment on the draft animals rules before they are finalised, and come into effect.

Please refer to the Improving Agricultural Export Legislation web page and/or register your interest in receiving updates on the development and implementation of this legislation.