THE Commonwealth government is proposing new rules for regulating organic exports and what it says is “a first step” in strengthening and simplifying the existing framework.

Head of Exports Division at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Fran Freeman said Australia’s organic products were meeting growing demand for high-quality organic agricultural produce.

“We’re aiming to simplify these regulations and maximise market access opportunities for Australian producers and manufacturers, through efficient regulation,” Ms Freeman said.

“Organic operators—be they producers, processors or manufacturers—can consider and provide feedback on how to make our regulatory system work for them when it comes to exporting their goods. Ongoing industry consultation will be an important part of this reform process.”

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Ms Freeman said they were looking to explore ways to better align organic exports rules with the regulations that apply to other export commodities.

“Organic exporters will benefit from a more streamlined regulatory system and improved access to the department’s services and systems, which is currently very limited,” he said.

“With a considered approach to organic exports regulation reform, we can uphold our reputation as a reliable trading partner with internationally recognised high standards.”

Current export regulations—Export Control (Organic Produce Certification) Orders—will no longer apply from 1 April 2021.

The draft Organic Export regulation is open for comment via the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s ‘Have Your Say’ portal.

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