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Reduced red tape and assistance to support regional economies

Reduced red tape and assistance to support regional economies

Published: 19th January 2012

The red meat industry was the first to implement its new service delivery model under the Export Certification Reform Implementation (ECRI). Photo of Belmont Red bull by Cgoodwin under GNU Free Documentation License.

The Australian Government is supporting regional economies through $30 million in initial assistance and a further $30 million per annum in reduced red tape for agricultural export industries.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said the changes to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) export certification services were made under the Export Certification Reform Package to deliver better and more flexible arrangements for exporters.

The red meat industry was the first to implement its new service delivery model under the Export Certification Reform Implementation (ECRI).

“In October 2011, improvements in the meat inspection program introduced flexibility and efficiency through the implementation of AQIS Authorised Officers,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Changes to the meat program will reduce the regulatory cost of export certification by $27 million per annum and are being supported by $25.8 million in transitional assistance.”

The new model provides greater assurance to trading partners that Australian export meat satisfies their import requirements, including through increased collection of verification data during the production process.

New arrangements commenced on 1 January 2012 for exports of grain, including seeds, nuts, fodder and other plant products, and for fish and egg products.

According to Minister Ludwig, the Government will provide $1.5 million to support efficiencies in the fish and eggs program and $2.5 million to support the changes to the grain export program.

Up to $100,000 in efficiencies are being implemented and details are being finalised to provide dairy exporters with administrative support from the Australian Government to implement a dairy industry strategic plan, developed as part of the reform process.

In the horticulture sector up to $800,000 in annual efficiencies are being implemented. The Government is working closely with the citrus, mango and table grape sectors to pilot AQIS Authorised Officers and demonstrate their efficacy to export markets.

A full report on each project is available at the ECRI webpage.