2018 Review of GMO Moratorium

​​​Successive Tasmanian governments have, since 2001, maintained a moratorium on the commercial release of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into the Tasmanian environment. The current moratorium expires on 16 November 2019.

The Tasmanian Government has released an Issues Paper to frame a review of the moratorium, and is now seeking submissions from the community by 5 pm, 26 April 2019.

Issu​es Paper

Two versions of the Issues Paper are provided:

The full version comprises the issues paper, including questions to guide feedback and an appendix containing a number of attachments that provide relevant background material to the Review..

The second version is the issues paper including the questions to guide feedback. It does not include the background material.

  GMO Moratorium Issues Paper 2019 - Full Version (includes Appendix)   (5Mb)


Making a submission

All submissions must be in writing and received by 5 pm, 26 April 2019. Send submissions to:


GMO Moratorium Review
GPO Box 44
Hobart, Tasmania, 7001

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on this website.
Important inform​​ation to n​​ote about your submission
  • Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
  • In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.
  • If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
  • More information about submissions is detailed in the Issues Paper.



The information below provides context for the current review. It is contained within the full version of the issues paper above.

2013 GMO​​​ Review
The last comprehensive public review of the moratorium was undertaken in 2013.  The Final Report of the 2013 Review is available for download:

Correction: please note that on 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."
Gene T​echnology​​​ Policy and Guidelines

  Tasmanian Gene Technology Guidelines August 2014   (480Kb)

​Environ​mental Scans

Since 2015, AgriGrowth Tasmania has also published three GMO Annua​l Environmental Scans​​:

  GMO Annual Environmental Scan 2017   (920Kb)

  GMO Annual Environmental Scan 2016   (597Kb)

  GMO Annual Environmental Scan 2015   (477Kb)

Australia's Gene Techn​​ology Sche​me
Australia's Gene Technology Scheme, which focuses on focuses on the regulation of GMOs and managing any risks they pose as a result of gene technology, was the subject of two recent national reviews.  Details of these national reviews are available as follows:

​Further information


AgriGrowth Tasmania
Phone: 03 6165 3225
Email: GMOMoratoriumReview@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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