Amendments to Export Control Rules for agriculture

2 March 2022

The Australian Government has amended Australia’s Export Control Rules 2021 (the Rules). This comes after public consultation and a review of export legislation.

Some provisions have changed, including for:

  • animals
  • meat
  • miscellaneous
  • organic goods
  • plant
  • poultry
  • rabbit and ratite
  • wild game.

However, the Rules for eggs, fish, milk and wood remain the same.

Substantive changes to meat and plant products

Most of the changes to the Rules are relatively minor. More substantive changes have been made to the following.

Export Control (Meat and Meat Products) Rules 2021

Food Safety Meat Assessors will only provide meat inspection activities when it is required by an importing country. This approach has been agreed to with industry. Food Safety Meat Assessors will not be provided if Australian Government Authorised Officers can carry out the inspection.

Export Control (Plant and Plant Products) Rules 2021

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment will improve regulatory arrangements for inspecting vessels exporting Australian plant and plant products (such as grain). There will be more effective checks and balances to ensure inspection practices meet expected standards.

These refinements ensure that export legislation remains fit for purpose and supports growth and innovation. They also ensure strong regulation and oversight is maintained, and importing country requirements are met.

More information

Find out more about the improved agricultural export legislation on the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.

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