Consultation Draft Export Control (Plants and Plant Products) Rules 2020

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Summary of feedback for the draft Plant Rules

Public consultation on the Consultation Draft Export Control (Plants and Plant Products) Rules 2020 (the draft Plant Rules) commenced on 18 May 2020 and closed on 26 June 2020.

The department held several information sessions with industry and staff during the consultation period. The department received 4 submissions on the draft Plant Rules. Stakeholders generally supported the development of these rules.

The department received feedback on 3 key issues:

  • export permits
  • traceability
  • record keeping.

The department has made some changes to the draft Plant Rules in response to the feedback.

Two of the submissions we received has been published on this page, the remaining submissions were marked as confidential.

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 Plant Rules

Public consultation on the Consultation Draft Export Control (Plants and Plant Products) Rules 2020 (the draft Plant Rules) commenced on 18 May 2020 and closed on 26 June 2020.

The department held several information sessions with industry and staff during the consultation period. The department received 4 submissions on the draft Plant Rules. Stakeholders generally supported the development of these rules.

The department received feedback on 3 key issues:

  • export permits
  • traceability
  • record keeping.

The department has made some changes to the draft Plant Rules in response to the feedback.

Two of the submissions we received has been published on this page, the remaining submissions were marked as confidential.

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.