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Export Control Act 2020

New regulations for the export of organic products take effect from 3 am (AEDT) on 28 March 2021.

The Rules maintain the level of, and approach to, regulatory control and oversight in the Export Control (Organic Produce Certification) Orders and other existing regulations under the Export Control Act 1982. The Rules provide additional clarification to organic export requirements, while bringing consistency across export arrangements. Key changes include:

  1. the ‘organic produce certificate’ becomes the ‘organic goods certificate’
  2. organic export certification for organic cosmetic goods will not be required unless the certification is required by an importing country
  3. ‘approved certifying organisations’ will become ‘approved certifying bodies’—this is a change in name only
  4. the department’s policy documents governing the operations of approved certifying bodies will be updated to reflect the new legislation

Contact the Department of Agriculture through OrganicExports@awe.gov.au if you have any queries.


Overview of the changes

An information summary from the Department of Agriculture, titled Draft Organic Rules Consultation Presentation for Industry, was referred to during an information session held on 31 July 2020. The excellent summary provides background to the legislation changes, with specific reference to how they affect the organic industry.

The summary is available from our website library at link.


Export regulation website

Visit the Department’s Improved Agricultural Export Legislation website, which includes the latest information on Australia’s new agricultural export legislation.


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Membership benefitsBecome a member of the independent peak body which represents the interests of all certified organic operators in government forums and industry initiatives.

There are two types of membership—Full Membership for certified organic operators and Associate Membership for others. Membership is only $10.

Foundation Memberships are also available for a limited time for only $250.

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