THE Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has called for industry stakeholders to have their say on new legislation for milk, eggs and fish exports, with the three draft chapters of the Export Control Rules 2020 released for consultation.

DAWR deputy secretary Malcolm Thompson said the changes in the legislation would make it easier for government, producers and exporters to respond and adapt to changing market conditions.

“The goal is simple: to support industry with more contemporary, responsive and efficient legislation,” he said.

“Duplication and ambiguity have been removed and the requirements to export are easier to understand, administer and use. A streamlined framework will make it easier for industry bodies to advocate, educate and disseminate export requirements.”

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Mr Thompson said the legislation would continue to safeguard Australia’s reputation as a reliable, high-quality source of exports, and the same level of regulatory oversight will apply.

“This will ensure our trading partners and consumers continue to have confidence in the quality and safety of Australia’s product,” he said.

“The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will work closely with stakeholders to provide as smooth a transition to the improved legislation as possible. Seeking stakeholder comments on the draft rules is a key first step in this process.”

Mr Thompson urged exporters, farmers and other primary producers to have their say on the draft chapters by 3 May. The draft rules are available on the department’s website haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au.

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