Consultation Draft Export Control Rules 2020 – Meat and Meat Products

As part of the improvements we are making to agricultural export legislation, we are reviewing the Export Control Rules for various commodities.

Public consultation for the Consultation Draft Export Control Rules 2020 – Meat and Meat Products closed on 31 January 2019. We are now using your input to develop and refine the rules.

The draft meat rules will regulate the export of meat and meat products.

They will replace current legislative instruments including the Export Control (Meat and Meat Products) Orders 2005 . Existing regulatory controls and oversight provided in the current order and regulations will be maintained.

Register your interest to stay informed and have your say on the commodity specific rules as they are developed on the department’s website.

Consultation Draft Export Control Rules 2020 – Meat and Meat Products

Improvements are being made to Australia’s agricultural export legislation.

Existing export-related requirements are being streamlined and consolidated into a new legislative framework comprising an Export Control Bill 2017 and the Export Control Rules. This will reduce duplication and make export processes easier to understand and comply with.

Regulation of the export of meat and meat products is described in the Consultation Draft Export Control Rules – Meat and Meat Products. Once finalised, the meat rules will replace current legislative instruments, including the Export Control (Meat and Meat Products) Orders 2005. Existing regulatory controls and oversight provided in the current order and regulations will be maintained.

The draft meat rules must be read in conjunction with the Bill​.

The draft meat rules will describe the specific operational requirements that must be met in order for prescribed meat and meat products to be exported.

The Bill will allow the head of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the Secretary) to make and amend the rules. This will enhance the government’s responsiveness to changing market conditions and importing country requirements, as well as the uptake of innovation within the industry.

The Secretary will need to obtain appropriate government authority to make major changes to the rules, though changes to minor matters (such as technical requirements) can be made more easily. Like the current orders, the rules will be disallowable instruments, which allow for parliamentary scrutiny.

Stakeholder consultation regarding changes to the rules is important.

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