Background to the Review
Since 2001 Tasmania has had a moratorium on the use of GMOs in primary industries for marketing purposes.The Genetically Modified Organisms Control Act 2004 (which provides for the moratorium) expires in November 2014. The Government has provided the public the opportunity to provide their views before the Act, and hence the moratorium, expires.
On 25 June 2013, the former Tasmanian Government requested the Department conduct a review of the moratorium on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
The Department was tasked with producing a report for the Minister against the following Terms of Reference:
a) The potential market advantages and disadvantages of allowing or not allowing the use of gene technology in Tasmanian primary industries, including food and non-food sectors;
b) Domestic and international gene technology policy relevant to primary industries;
c) Research and development relevant to the use of gene technology in primary industries;
d) Any other relevant matters raised during the review.
In January 2014, the former Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Bryan Green MP released the final report.
The following documents are available for download:
2013 Review of the moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Tasmania - Final Report
Correction - page 38 of the Final Report:
The estimation of cleaned seed production in Tasmania should read "estimated
cleaned cereal and pasture seed (to be used as seed) is around 4000 tonnes for ryegrass, clover, fescue, cereals and other grains combined."
Domestic Market Research Report
Copies of the submissions to the review are available on this website.
The policy was reviewed in 2003 at which time Government could find no reason to change. Gene Technology Policy Review February 2003
As a result, the moratorium was extended until November 2009 under the
Genetically Modified Organisms Control Act
In July 2007, a second policy review was undertaken by a new Joint Select Committee. The committee released its report in August 2008 and recommended that the moratorium should be extended for another five years. The committee's report is available at
In response to the 2007-08 Joint Select Committee's findings, the Tasmanian Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the existing position, and has released an updated
Policy Statement: Gene Technology and Tasmanian Primary Industries 2009-14. Policy Statement Gene Technology
On 20 May 2009, the Tasmanian Parliament agreed to legislation to extend the GM moratorium for a further five years.