Australia's export legislation is changing and we want to hear from you....
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department), is proposing regulatory changes to improve export bulk vessel survey and inspection practices. The proposed changes will provide greater assurance to the department, the shipping industry, and Australia's grain exporters that bulk vessels comply with agricultural export legislation.
The department has been collaborating on these changes with the Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors (AIMS) and representatives of Australia's shipping and grain export industries. AIMS and shipping and grain export industry representatives are being consulted on the proposed changes and now the department and your industry bodies would like to hear from you!
Two key changes that are proposed to come into effect from 1 November 2021 are:
1) Ensuring all bulk vessel inspection authorised officers (BVI AOs) record their BVIs using helmet-mounted video recording devices
It is proposed that BVI AOs or their employers will be responsible for:
2) Ensuring all qualified marine surveyors are accredited under the new Accredited Grain Surveyor Assurance (ASGA) scheme to survey and certify bulk vessels.
It is proposed that:
Please visit our Plant export legislation changes webpage for details on the proposed changes.
The department is seeking preliminary feedback on the proposed changes. You can provide feedback directly to us or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Preliminary feedback closes at 11:59PM AEST on Sunday,12 September 2021.
Your preliminary feedback will help inform an additional formal public consultation process, which is scheduled for late September 2021. Stakeholders will be provided with details on this consultation process closer to the date.
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