The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment are proposing regulatory changes to the Export Control (Plants and Plant Products) Rules 2021 (plant rules). These changes are part of a suite of miscellaneous changes to the Export Control Rules 2021, including the rules for meat, wild game, poultry, rabbit and ratite, organic goods and animals.
The department committed to reviewing the Export Control Rules 2021 approximately 6 months after the commencement of the new export legislation on 28 March this year, to ensure the legislation functions as intended. As a result of this review, the department are now proposing changes to several rules, including the plant rules.
The proposed changes will ensure that the legislation remains fit for purpose – supporting growth and innovation, while maintaining the level of regulatory oversight trading partners expect.
To learn more about these changes and provide feedback, please visit https://haveyoursay.awe.gov.au/export-control-rules-2021-proposed-amendments. Consultation is open until 30 November 2021.
Proposed changes to the plant rules commencing 1 January 2022
We are proposing implementing the following changes on 1 January 2022:
Proposed changes to the plant rules commencing 1 July 2022
We are proposing to introduce the Accredited Grain Surveyor Assurance (AGSA) scheme on 1 July 2022. We have been collaborating on these changes with the Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors (AIMS) and representatives of Australia’s shipping and grain export industries.
The AGSA scheme will require all marine surveyors that perform bulk vessel surveyors for plant exports to be accredited with AIMS to continue to perform bulk vessel surveys.
Please visit the following websites for details of the proposed changes:
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