Consultation Draft Export Control (Organic Goods) Rules 2020

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Summary of feedback for the draft Organic Goods Rules

Public consultation on the Consultation Draft Export Control (Organic Goods) Rules 2020 (the draft Organic Rules) commenced on 10 July 2020 and closed on 7 August 2020.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment held an information session with industry and staff during consultation period. The department received 5 submissions on the draft Organic Rules. Stakeholders generally supported the development of the Rules.

The department received feedback on 3 key issues:

  • the exclusion of cosmetic product unless required by trading partners
  • increasing the scope of cosmetic products to include other types of products
  • referencing the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce

The department has made some changes to the draft Organic Rules in response to the feedback, including increasing the scope of cosmetic products to include substances used for domestic animals.

The five submissions we received have been published on this page.

Background

The Australian Government is improving Australia’s agricultural export legislation as part of its wider initiative to strengthen agricultural exports and market access.

Australia’s new legislative framework for agricultural exports will commence on 28 March 2021. It comprises the:

  • Export Control Act 2020 which consolidates the export certificate provisions currently found in around 20 Acts and 40 legislative instruments
  • Export Control Rules 2020 which outline the operational requirements that agricultural exporters must meet to export specific commodities from Australia. The Rules will be based on the current orders and regulations for various commodities regulated under the Act and the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997.

The new legislation will:

  • make the laws will be more relevant, responsive and efficient
  • provide the same level of regulatory oversight
  • remove duplication
  • ensure consistency across commodities where possible.

These improvements will benefit exporters, farmers and other primary producers.

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.

Extensive stakeholder consultation has informed the development of the Act and the Rules. This will ensure that the new legislation is clear and fit-for-purpose – supporting growth and innovation, while maintaining the standards our trading partners expect.

Refer to the Improving Agricultural Export Legislation webpage for:

  • details about our current and prior consultation activities to inform the development of the Rules
  • how you can register to receive updates on the improvements to agricultural export legislation.

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

Summary of feedback for the draft Organic Goods Rules

Public consultation on the Consultation Draft Export Control (Organic Goods) Rules 2020 (the draft Organic Rules) commenced on 10 July 2020 and closed on 7 August 2020.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment held an information session with industry and staff during consultation period. The department received 5 submissions on the draft Organic Rules. Stakeholders generally supported the development of the Rules.

The department received feedback on 3 key issues:

  • the exclusion of cosmetic product unless required by trading partners
  • increasing the scope of cosmetic products to include other types of products
  • referencing the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce

The department has made some changes to the draft Organic Rules in response to the feedback, including increasing the scope of cosmetic products to include substances used for domestic animals.

The five submissions we received have been published on this page.

Background

The Australian Government is improving Australia’s agricultural export legislation as part of its wider initiative to strengthen agricultural exports and market access.

Australia’s new legislative framework for agricultural exports will commence on 28 March 2021. It comprises the:

  • Export Control Act 2020 which consolidates the export certificate provisions currently found in around 20 Acts and 40 legislative instruments
  • Export Control Rules 2020 which outline the operational requirements that agricultural exporters must meet to export specific commodities from Australia. The Rules will be based on the current orders and regulations for various commodities regulated under the Act and the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997.

The new legislation will:

  • make the laws will be more relevant, responsive and efficient
  • provide the same level of regulatory oversight
  • remove duplication
  • ensure consistency across commodities where possible.

These improvements will benefit exporters, farmers and other primary producers.

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.

Extensive stakeholder consultation has informed the development of the Act and the Rules. This will ensure that the new legislation is clear and fit-for-purpose – supporting growth and innovation, while maintaining the standards our trading partners expect.

Refer to the Improving Agricultural Export Legislation webpage for:

  • details about our current and prior consultation activities to inform the development of the Rules
  • how you can register to receive updates on the improvements to agricultural export legislation.

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