Update 5: Grain and Plant Products Export Industry Consultative Committee

​​July 2014 - Update 5

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About the Grain and Plant Products Export Industry Consultative Committee

The Department of Agriculture Grain and Plant Products Export Industry Consultative Committee (the committee) is the principal forum for the department to consult with grain, fodder, nut, seed and timber industries on export inspection, certification, export market access and other relevant issues.

For more information visit Grain and Plant Products Export Industry Consultative Committee.

Next meeting details

Monday 10 November 2014. To have issues added to the agenda please contact your industry association representative or contact the secretariat.

Key updates

The Committee met on 31 July 2014 in Canberra. Updates are issued for each committee meeting on key projects and issues.

Export charging legislation

Export Legislation Amendments Bills received the Royal Assent on 25 June 2014.  The amendments will facilitate appropriate and equitable cost recovery for the performance of certain export services by the Department of Agriculture. Supporting regulations are due to take effect on 1 September 2014 which will include the Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Amendment (Exportable Goods) Regulation 2014.

Registration fees for fodder, nut, seed and forest product establishments will be charged for the period September 2014 to 30 June 2015.  A fee review for plant export operations will occur during 2014-15. Until this review is conducted, the regulations enabling tonnage charges to be applied to all industries will not be progressed.

Trial of revised National Documentation Hub service arrangements

Plant Export Operations has proposed extended service hours for the National Documentation Hub (NDH) to provide greater flexibility to industry in relation to the authorisation of RFPs and issuance of export certification.

Resources within the NDH have been considered along with the export demands and based on this the following hours have been proposed:

  • Monday to Friday - 6:30am to 6:30pm
  • Saturday - 8am til 12pm
  • Sunday - dependent on exporters in the trial

Reference material updates

The Grain and Seed Exports Program has released updated work instructions for raw baled cotton and hay and straw.

The work instruction for raw baled cotton has been updated at industry request to reflect that the maximum size of a lot must not be greater than 116 bales. Further work will be undertaken on the reference material to streamline sampling and inspection techniques, in line with established industry standards.

The Plant Export Operations Manual volume and work instruction for hay and straw has been updated to include:

  • Altering the timing of exporters supplying annual ryegrass toxicity (ARGT) testing certificates from time of export to registered establishment audit
  • Streamlining of sampling and inspection procedures
  • Clarifying fumigation requirements

Review of the Import Risk Analysis (IRA) process

The Minister announced on 11 July 2014 that the department is undertaking an examination of the IRA process. The consultation period ends on 10 September 2014.  The examination of the IRA process will consider issues raised by stakeholders and Senate Committee inquiries and, as appropriate, propose changes or improvements to administrative and regulatory aspects of the IRA process. This examination relates to the current IRA process, but the feedback provided during this process will also be used in the development of regulations and policies for conducting import risk analyses under the Biosecurity Bill 2014.

Membership details

Membership of the Committee includes representatives of commodity sectors regulated by the Grain and Seed Exports Program. A complete list of representatives can be found on the Department of Agriculture website.

Contact details

Your feedback, comments and suggestions are important. If you require further information or have a question regarding information presented in this update, please speak to your industry association contact or the department directly.

Please send general correspondence to the Secretariat at Grain Export.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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