Consultation Draft Export Control (Organic Goods) Rules 2020

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Our public consultation on the Consultation Draft Export Control (Organic Goods) Rules 2020 (the draft organics rules) is now closed.

The consultation commenced on 10 July 2020 and closed on 7 August 2020.

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft organics rules. We are currently reviewing your feedback and will soon update this page with the outcomes of our consultation.

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

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 just before 1 April 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 egg. As well as consulting on the draft organics 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).

What happens next

As noted, the new export legislation framework will commence shortly before 1 April 2021. We will continue to collaborate with stakeholders as we draft the commodity-specific rules. There will be a further opportunity to comment on the draft organics 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.

Our public consultation on the Consultation Draft Export Control (Organic Goods) Rules 2020 (the draft organics rules) is now closed.

The consultation commenced on 10 July 2020 and closed on 7 August 2020.

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft organics rules. We are currently reviewing your feedback and will soon update this page with the outcomes of our consultation.

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

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 just before 1 April 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 egg. As well as consulting on the draft organics 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).

What happens next

As noted, the new export legislation framework will commence shortly before 1 April 2021. We will continue to collaborate with stakeholders as we draft the commodity-specific rules. There will be a further opportunity to comment on the draft organics 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.