Sustainability-related Regulations Database

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Export Control Act 2020 (Cth)

Description: A short description of the legislation.

The objects of this Act are the following:

(a) to ensure that goods that are exported:

(i) meet relevant importing country requirements to enable and maintain overseas market access for goods exported from Australia; and

(ii) comply with government or industry standards or requirements relating to the goods; and

(iii) are traceable and, if necessary, can be recalled;

(b) to ensure the integrity of goods that are exported;

© to ensure that trade descriptions for goods that are exported are accurate;

(d) to give effect to Australia’s rights and obligations relating to goods that are exported under any international agreements to which Australia is a party

Application to Australian agriculture: Where the legislation is applicable.

The Export Control Act 2020 (the Act) sets out the overarching legal framework for the regulation of exported goods, including food and agricultural products, from Australian territory. It enables the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to make rules that detail the requirements and establish conditions relating to the export of certain goods.

Compliance information: Often the evidence of compliance against a piece of legislation is that there is not a breach of the Act. Where appropriate, the developers of this database have listed evidence which could be used to show compliance if a breach was to be found. Many Best Management Practice (BMP) schemes and other certifications in Australian agriculture include this evidence for accreditation.

The following documentation/information is required to provide evidence of compliance.

Compliance with the Act and subsidiary regulation and rules regarding the export of Australian agricultural products, including in regard to accredited properties, registered establishments, approved arrangements, export licences, export permits, etc.

Additional information: The entity this legislation originates from.

Federal Register of Legislation →

Source documents: Links to the legislation documents.