Exposure Draft Export Control Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020

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We are improving Australia’s agricultural export legislation. This is part of our 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 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.

You can now provide feedback on the Exposure Draft Export Control Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020. The Bill proposes minor amendments to the Act to support the implementation of the new legislation:

  • fit and proper person test for variations of registrations and alterations of establishments
  • notices of intention (NOI) to export
  • requirements for export permits
  • review of decisions relating to tariff quotas
  • incorporation of documents in the Rules.

How to have your say

Before you provide feedback, please read:

Provide your feedback using our online form.

Submissions are open until 26 October 2020.

Background

The Australian Government’s decision to improve Australia’s agricultural export legislation was informed by the 2015 review of the existing legislation.

The new legislative framework for Australia’s agricultural exports comprises the Act and the Rules, and it will commence on 28 March 2021. 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.

What happens next

The new legislative framework for Australia’s agricultural exports will commence on 28 March 2021.

Register for updates on our Improving Agricultural Export Legislation web page.

We are improving Australia’s agricultural export legislation. This is part of our 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 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.

You can now provide feedback on the Exposure Draft Export Control Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020. The Bill proposes minor amendments to the Act to support the implementation of the new legislation:

  • fit and proper person test for variations of registrations and alterations of establishments
  • notices of intention (NOI) to export
  • requirements for export permits
  • review of decisions relating to tariff quotas
  • incorporation of documents in the Rules.

How to have your say

Before you provide feedback, please read:

Provide your feedback using our online form.

Submissions are open until 26 October 2020.

Background

The Australian Government’s decision to improve Australia’s agricultural export legislation was informed by the 2015 review of the existing legislation.

The new legislative framework for Australia’s agricultural exports comprises the Act and the Rules, and it will commence on 28 March 2021. 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.

What happens next

The new legislative framework for Australia’s agricultural exports will commence on 28 March 2021.

Register for updates on our Improving Agricultural Export Legislation web page.