Improving Agricultural Export Legislation

In 2015, a review of existing agricultural export legislation found scope for improvements that would enable better support for exporters, farmers and other primary producers in a changing trade environment.

Improvements to the export legislative framework are intended to make it easier to understand, administer and use, while continuing to safeguard Australia’s reputation as a reliable, high-quality source of products 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 2017 and the Export Control Rules (the Rules). This improved legislative framework will replace the existing Export Control Act 1982, export-related provisions in the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997 and legislative instruments (such as Orders and Regulations). It is anticipated the improved legislative framework will commence by 1 April 2020

The DAWR will soon be releasing a draft meat chapter of the Export Control Rules for public consultation, followed by a series of consultative workshops to be held from late November on the topic. DAWR are currently accepting registrations of interest from stakeholders to be informed about consultation opportunities on both the draft meat chapter and other commodity specific chapters as they are developed.