The Department of Agriculture is inviting stakeholders to comment on proposed new legislation for milk, eggs and fish exports.
Three draft chapters of the Export Control Rules 2020 have beenreleased 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.”
Mr Thompson said the Department 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,” he said.
Mr Thompson urged exporters, farmers and other primary producers to have their say on the draft chapters by May 3, this year.
Information sessions will also be held this month.
People can register their interest at agriculture.gov.au/market-access-trade/export-regulation-review/export-control-rules
The draft rules are available on the department’s website: haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au