Improving agricultural export legislation

​​​​​​​​​Consultation on the exposure draft of Export Control Bill 2017 (the Bill) has now closed.

Submissions are now published on the consultation page.

Work on the legislative instruments to support the new Act (the Rules) will commence in 2018. The taskforce will undertake further consultation on the Rules as they are developed.

The taskforce expects the improved legislative framework to commence shortly before 1 April 2020.

As part of a wider initiative to strengthen agricultural exports and market access, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is improving the current agricultural export legislative framework. In 2015, a review of existing legislation found there was scope to make improvements to enable us to better support exporters, farmers and other primary producers in a changing trade environment.

New legislative framework

Improvements to the export legislative framework will make it easier to understand, administer and use, and to safeguard Australia’s reputation as a reliable, high-quality source of exports for our trading partners.

This involves consolidating existing export-related provisions into a new agricultural export legislative framework made up of an Export Control Bill (the Bill) and Export Control Rules (the Rules). This will replace the existing Export Control Act 1982 and legislative instruments (such as Orders and Regulations).

  • The Export Control Bill — will set out the overarching principles for the operation of the export control system. It will incorporate the parts of existing export legislation and the export control orders that are common across commodities.
  • The Export Control Rules — will be based on the current Export Control Orders and will outline operational requirements that agricultural exporters must meet—such as where and how products are to be prepared, and when permits and certificates are necessary to export from Australia. The Rules will include the specific requirements exporters must meet for each commodity. The Rules are legislative instruments that will be made under the improved Export Control Act and will still be subject to parliamentary checks and balances, in line with the current Orders. Work on the Rules will be undertaken in 2018 and 2019.

This modern export legislative framework will mean farmers and exporters are supported by contemporary, responsive and efficient legislation.

The improvements incorporated into the new framework will maintain existing regulatory oversight and achieve current regulatory outcomes while removing duplication and making export provisions consistent across commodities, where possible.

There will be no change to Australia’s commitment to meet the importing country requirements of our trading partners.

The taskforce expects the improved legislative framework will commence shortly before 1 April 2020.

Next steps

Consultation on the Export Control Bill has concluded. Submissions and outcomes from the consultation are available on the consultation page.

The taskforce will be developing the Rules from 2018 into 2019. Industry involvement will be important to ensure the Rules meet the requirements of industry and the department. Consultation on the Rules will be undertaken as they are developed.

Please note the schedule for the development of the Rules, which will be updated regularly as the project progresses.

Chapter

Status

1. Meat Rules

Drafting in progress

2. Plant Rules

Drafting to commence quarter 1 2018

3. Live Animal Exports

Drafting to commence quarter 1 2018

4. Non-Prescribed Goods (certification)

Drafting to commence quarter 1 2018

5. Common requirements

Drafting to commence quarter 1 2018

6. Poultry Rules

Drafting to commence quarter 2 2018

7. Fish

Drafting to commence quarter 2 2018

8. Hardwood Wood Chips

Drafting to commence quarter 2 2018

9. Wild games Rules

Drafting to commence quarter 3 2018

10. Egg

Drafting to commence quarter 3 2018

11. Unprocessed wood Rules

Drafting to commence quarter 3 2018

12. Rabbit/Ratite

Drafting to commence quarter 4 2018

13. Dairy

Drafting to commence quarter 4 2018

14. Organics

Drafting to commence quarter 4 2018

15. Quota

Drafting to commence quarter 4 2018

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