Tasmanian Gene Technology Policy 2014-2019

​​​​​​​​​​​The import, use and development of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Tasmania, along with any other dealings, are regulated by numerous laws at both the Commonwealth and State levels.

The Tasmanian Genetically Modified Organisms Control Act 2004 (the Act) provides the basis for the moratorium and regulates dealings with GMOs for ‘marketing purposes’.

The Tasmanian Government will maintain a moratorium on the commercial release of GMOs into the Tasmanian environment for five years until November 2019.

This Policy will be reviewed before November 2019.

The Tasmanian Gene Technology Policy 2014-2019 is an overarching document that outlines the Government’s intention to maintain a GMO moratorium.

  Tasmanian Gene Technology Policy 2014-2019 August 2014   (444Kb)

The Tasmanian Gene Technology Guidelines describe the dealings that may be authorised under the Act.

  Tasmanian Gene Technology Guidelines August 2014   (480Kb)

A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) summary is also available.

  Decision Regulatory Impact Statement - GMO Act Amendment Summary   (601Kb)

Monitori​ng P​​​rogram

AgriGrowth Tasmania will implement an evidence-based GMO monitoring program to continuously assess developments in gene technology to build a better understanding of consumer preference and supply chain dynamics, as well as market and branding implications. Refer to the Tasmanian Gene Technology Policy 2014-2019.  

The third annual Environmental Scan on developments in gene technology and market changes was completed in 2017. Below are the copies copy of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Environmental Scan reports​.​

  GMO Annual Environmental Scan 2017   (920Kb)

  GMO Annual Environmental Scan 2016   (597Kb)​

  GMO Annual Environmental Scan 2015   (477Kb)​


2018 Review of the Mo​ratorium on GMOs in Tasmania

The Department will conduct a review of the moratorium on the commercial release of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into the Tasmanian environment. The 2018 Review of Tasmania's GMO Moratorium will be conducted prior to the expiry of the Genetically Modified Organisms Control Act 2004 in November 2019. A Position Paper will be released in early 2019 for consultation with the Tasmanian community.

​Information about the 2013 Departm​ental review​​ into the GMO moratorium is also available on this page​ (Previous Review). 


AgriGrowth Tasmania
Phone: 1300 292 292
Email: Agrigrowth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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