2013 Review of the Moratorium on GMOs in Tasmania

​>> See also: The Tasmanian Gene Technology Policy 2014-2019. This policy is an overarching document that outlines the Government's intention to maintain a GMO moratorium.

Since 2001 Tasmania has had a moratorium on the use of GMOs in primary industries for marketing purposes the basis for which is provided for in the Genetically Modified Organisms Control Act 2004.

In June 2013 the Tasmanian Government requested the Department conduct a review of that moratorium, with 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.

Following a period of public consultation, a report of the review was released by the Minister for Primary Industries and Water in January 2014.

The following documents ar​e available for download:

  2013 Review of the moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Tasmania - Final Report   (2Mb)

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   (580Kb)

Previous Reviews

The ​​policy was reviewed in 2003 at which time Government could find no reason to change.

  Gene Technology Policy Review February 2003   (76Kb)

As a result, the moratorium was extended until November 2009 under the Genetically Modified Organisms Control Act 2004.

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 www.parliament.tas.gov.au

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   (159Kb)
    On 20 May 2009, the Tasmanian Parliament agreed to legislation to extend the GM moratorium for a further five years.


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