​​Media Release

Streamlining meat export legislation​

7 November 2018

  • Consultation open on new draft Export Control Rules for meat and meat products
  • Provides more modern, flexible and streamlined legislation for meat exports
  • Will help farmers and exporters meet overseas import requirements and seize trade opportunities

​People in the meat trade are being urged to have their say about new rules ​for exporting meat products.

The Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the Export Control Rules will bring in modern, flexible and streamlined export laws for meat producers.

"I want to keep the doors open for Aussie meat exporters and this will give overseas markets greater confidence in our products," Minister Littleproud said.

"Our industry needs to be responsive to changing overseas market conditions with​out slugging our farmers.

"These rules will make exporting meat straightforward and cut duplication of paperwork and processes.

"They'll clearly outline how meat should be prepared and if permits or certificates are required while maintaining the level of oversight expected by overseas markets.

"This will support access to export markets making sure our reputation for reliable, high-quality meat is upheld."

Existing export-related legislation is being streamlined and consolidated into improved legislation in the Export Control Bill 2017 and Export Control Rules.

The Draft Export Control Rules 2020—Meat and Meat Products are ready for consultation.

Stakeholders need to make written submissions by 21 December 2018. Information sessions will be held during November and December. Other opportunities to comment will be available before the full package comes into effect.

For more information visit http://www.agriculture.gov.au/market-access-trade/export-regulation-r​eview/consultation.

Fast Facts:

  • $11.7 billion of Australian meat exported in 2017-18.  $12.2 billion will be exported in 2018-19.
  • The rules will replace the Export Control (Meat and Meat Products) Orders and parts of the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act, the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Export Licensing) Regulations and the Export Control (Prescribed Goods – General) Order.
  • A 2015 review of current laws found improvements could be made to respond and adapt to changing market conditions and importing country requirements.​