A NEW legal framework for Australia’s agricultural exports commenced on 28 March, streamlining the way farmers, other primary producers and exporters do business with trading partners.

Minister for agriculture David Littleproud said the Australian government was committed to ensuring relevant, responsive and efficient export legislation.

“We are making it easier for farmers, other primary producers and exporters to send their products abroad while safeguarding our reputation as a reliable, high-quality source of food and fibre,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Removing unnecessary regulatory burden is fundamental if we want to crack into new markets and grow existing ones.”

He said the streamlining of this export legislation will reduce complexity, duplication and ambiguity, making the new legislation easier to understand, administer and use.

“It will continue to ensure exported goods meet importing country requirements, maintain supply chain traceability and compliance with government and relevant industry standards,” Minister Littleproud said.

Improving and streamlining Australia’s agricultural export services is a key pillar of the government’s ambition to grow agriculture into a $100bn industry by 2030.

The new agricultural export legislation replaces the Export Control Act 1982, export-related provisions of the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997, and related legislative instruments.

It streamlines and consolidates the export-related requirements previously included in more than 20 Acts and 40 pieces of delegated legislation.