Agricultural Export Regulation Review

​​​​​​​​The department undertook a review of export legislation between July and September 2015. The review involved:

  • analysing existing legislation
  • releasing a discussion paper
  • calls for public submissions
  • stakeholder workshops in all states and territories.

We also consulted with a wide range of stakeholders, including trading partners, industry representatives, exporters and producers.

The review found that while the existing legislation has served our exporters well, there was scope for improvements to better support farmers and exporters to meet future importing country requirements and seize trade opportunities in a changing global environment.

Trade-specific issues and importing country requirements were not considered as part of this review.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback as part of this consultation process.

The submissions received are available below and informed the development of the Export Control Bill.

For more information on the review, read the final consultation report.

Agricultural Export Regulation Review discussion paper, consultation and submissions​

​​​​As part of its consultation process, the department released a discussion paper in July 2015 to help guide discussion of what future regulation could look like.




File size

Agricultural Export Regulation Review – Discussion paper PDF 


1.9 MB

Agricultural Export Regulation Review – Discussion paper DOCX 


1.8 MB

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Public comments and submissions on the discussion paper have now closed.

The department prepared a report, published in May 2016, summarising the views that stakeholders expressed during consultation.




File size

Agricultural Export Regulation Review – Consultation Report PDF 


1.2 MB

Agricultural Export Regulation Review – Consultation Report DOCX 


1.0 MB

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Key ideas heard during consultation included:​

  • The current level of export regulation should be maintained as it is necessary to protect market access and Australia’s international reputation as an exporter of high quality agricultural products.
  • Improvements could be made to the export regulation by
    • more closely aligning requirements with importing country requirements
    • increasing flexibility through outcomes based regulation to deal with the differences in commodities and export markets and enable future advancements
    • increasing opportunities for government-industry cooperation
    • reducing complexity and duplication between export regulations and other Australian standards
    • strengthening regulation in specific places, for example increased compliance options.

Key suggestions relating to non-regulation issues included:

  • reducing duplication in export processes, for example, through third party recognition
  • improving departmental systems and services to make them flexible, easier to use and responsive to commercial requirements
  • using open and clear two-way communication between the department and exporters
  • working with states and territories to share information and reduce duplication.

Thank you to those who provided comments, views and information to the department during this process.

The department has prepared a fact​ sheet explaining how the department has taken this information into account and how it will develop and implement improvements to the legislation.

The following list contains links to submissions received for the Agricultural Export Regulation Review.