Have your say on new export controls for milk, eggs and fish

1 March 2019

(Issued by Department of Agriculture)

Interested stakeholders can now have their say on improved legislation for milk, eggs and fish exports with the three draft chapters of the Export Control Rules 2020 released for consultation.

Deputy Secretary at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Malcolm Thompson, said the improvements will make it easier for government, producers and exporters to respond and adapt to changing market conditions.

“The goal is simple: to support industry with more contemporary, responsive and efficient legislation,” Mr Thompson said.

“Duplication and ambiguity have been removed and the requirements to export are easier to understand, administer and use.

“A streamlined framework will make it easier for industry bodies to advocate, educate and disseminate export requirements.

“The legislation will continue to safeguard Australia’s reputation as a reliable, high-quality source of exports for our trading partners and the same level of regulatory oversight will apply.

“This will ensure our trading partners and consumers continue to have confidence in the quality and safety of Australia’s product.

“The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will work closely with stakeholders to provide as smooth a transition to the improved legislation as possible.

“Seeking stakeholder comments on the draft rules is a key first step in this process.

“I urge exporters, farmers and other primary producers to have their say on the draft chapters by 3 May 2019. Information sessions will also be held during March.”

People can register their interest in being informed of consultation opportunities at agriculture.gov.au/market-access-trade/export-regulation-review

The draft rules are available on the department’s website haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au

Fast Facts:

  • Existing export-related requirements are being streamlined and consolidated into improved legislation comprising an Export Control Bill 2017 (the Bill) and Export Control Rules (the rules).
  • Further consultations on the draft milk rules, draft egg rules and draft fish rules may be undertaken during 2019, if required.
  • The draft milk rules will replace the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005, the draft egg rules will replace the Export Control (Eggs and Egg Products) Orders 2005 and the draft fish rules will replace the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005. The rules will also replace the Export Control (Prescribed Goods – General) Order 2005.