Overhaul of Australian agricultural export certification systems

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 20th January 2012

Far-reaching reforms are being implemented to simplify the giving of certifications by the Australian Government for agricultural and food exports.

According to the Federal Government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), the reforms aim to reduce “chronic regulatory burdens” and will provide an environment that supports and enhances export market access from Australia.

New industry service models for all Australian food export commodities – meat, fish, dairy, grain, horticulture and live animal exports – have been developed over the past two years.

The government has spent AU$25.8 million assisting the meat industry in implementing its delivery model, which has been in place since 1 October 2010. A further AU$2.5 million in assistance has been spent on the grains industry to implement its delivery model. Staged implementation of the service delivery models for the other commodities will occur during 2012.

DAFF’s Food Division secretary Greg Read said the main priority was to facilitate market access to foster growth across Australian agricultural export sectors.

He said, “These reforms will enhance Australia’s already world-class export certification system. Overall, agricultural export reform will secure and improve market access and position Australia’s inspection and certification processes at the forefront of export industries worldwide.”