Cutting red tape for exporters

The Australian Parliament has passed the Albanese Government’s Export Control Amendment (Streamlining Administrative Processes) Bill 2022 which will simplify the administrative processes associated with exporting goods.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Murray Watt said the change to export laws will help streamline the exporting process by more efficiently sharing relevant information with our trading partners.

“It is vital that export control legislation remains current and fit for purpose, and these changes will allow relevant information to be efficiently shared with regulatory partners, exporters and other key stakeholders,” Minister Watt said.

“The changes will make it easier for businesses to export their products by cutting down on administrative red tape and providing improved delivery of services.

“Our Government is committed to improving the ability to use and disclose export control information, where appropriate, to help facilitate growth and innovation in our agricultural export industries.

“More efficient access to information benefits exporters and other stakeholders and will allow Australia to maintain its competitive edge by building better market intelligence.

“We will continue working with stakeholders to ensure that our export systems remain effective and fit for purpose.”

The amendments are in line with the government’s reform agenda, such as the Simplified Trade System to reduce red tape and streamline processes for Australian exporters.

They also align with recent amendments to the Biosecurity Act 2015, providing consistency and predictability for stakeholders under these key legislative frameworks regulating the agriculture supply chain.

Export control legislation is regularly reviewed by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to ensure it remains up to date with developments in international markets, regulatory changes, and industry practice advancements.