Legislation is seeking to establish a one-stop shop for export rules and agricultural goods in a bid to minimise export costs and drive productivity.
Introduced to Federal Parliament by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, the bill will replace 17 acts and more than 40 legislative instruments currently in place for international exports.
‘‘We need something more coherent in place so that the rules for exporting are simpler and easier to understand and comply with,’’ Mr Joyce said.
Assistant Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Anne Ruston said this new legislation would provide exporters more opportunity to innovate and the confidence to pursue lucrative export opportunities, particularly for new and emerging industries.
‘‘This bill ensures that Australian agricultural exports can continue to capitalise on international markets opportunities and meet the challenges that come with changing consumer preferences,’’ Senator Ruston said.
National Farmers’ Federation chief executive officer Tony Mahar welcomed the introduction of the bill and the commitment to reducing red tape for agricultural exporters and farmers.